West Coast Challengers held its 1st Annual “Cruisin’ thru the Canyons” event which began with club members and special guests all meeting up in Costa Mesa, CA, on the backside of John Wayne Airport.

Cruisin thru the Canyons

After chatting and getting to know some new club members, everyone attended a short driver’s meeting where the route was discussed and things of interest were pointed out in advance. With everyone briefed, the Challenger engines fired up in a roar nothing short of a pack of hungry lions about to go out on a hunt.

Cruisin thru the Canyons

Cruisin thru the Canyons

The group headed towards Newport Beach, past the Back Bay, and then south down Pacific Coast Highway, where we were greeted by more than a few Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s out stretching their legs.

Cruisin thru the Canyons

The sun melted away the marine layer in time for our arrival through Corona Del Mar, Crystal Cove and Laguna Beach, lending to some spectacular scenery of the both the coastal beaches and crystal blue ocean.

Cruisin thru the Canyons

In Laguna Beach, the group headed inward up Highway 133 and Laguna Canyon, the first of five canyons we would pass through on the cruise. Alert drivers may have spotted the several deer heading up through the passes after their morning drink at nearby watering holes.

Cruisin thru the Canyons

Cruisin thru the Canyons

Cruisin thru the Canyons

Leaving Laguna Canyon, the group worked its way north to Rancho Santa Margarita which would serve as a brief waypoint on the cruise. After a 15 minute stop over, the Challengers again roared to life and headed out in unison.

Cruisin thru the Canyons

Cruisin thru the Canyons

Cruisin thru the Canyons

Turning into the picturesque Trabuco Canyon, the group was met with overgrown trees connecting up-top to form tunnels along the road. An absolutely breath taking area so close to us yet rarely discovered by most.

Leaving Trabuco Canyon, the group wound its way past the popular motorcycle hang-out known as Cook’s Corner and headed towards Modjeska Canyon, where its winding tree lined road gives way to beautiful creeping peaks.

Cruisin thru the Canyons

The group quickly found itself entering Silverado Canyon, who’s emerald green hills led off to the Cleveland National Forest which could be seen in the distance. The greenery of the hills would eventually slope downward to the shores of Irvine Lake where many were already at play in its waters when our group passed by.

Cruisin thru the Canyons

As the rolling hills began to fade when entering Santiago Canyon, so did their greenery change like the seasons, from green to more earth tone colors. After five miles or so, it was evident that civilization and urban housing was nearing as the landscape that was once mountainous hills began to flatten out and the winding road became less pervasive.

Cruisin thru the Canyons

Having now traveled through five different canyons, and our cameras full of pictures and our camera batteries almost drained, the group turned south towards The District in Tustin where In-N-Out Burger awaited the our hungry club members and guests.

One doesn’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that 3 hours + 5 canyons + a bunch of Challengers = Fun.

You can find more pictures from the cruise in our club photo gallery.

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  1. […] Thanks to everyone who came on the cruise with us today. We hope you had as much fun on the cruise as we did bringing it to you. […]