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Level: Intermediate
Length: 20 mi (32.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +1,344/ -1,162 ft
Total: 178 riders

Mountain Biking Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

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#9 of 1,004 mountain bike trails in California
#181 in the world

Aliso Canyon is network of grueling climbs followed by intense, white knuckle downhill sections, with some flatter sections of singletrack peppered in here and there. Most of the DH sections are doubletrack or fire rode width and get pretty gnarly with some cruel ledges and seriously rigid terrain, especially the "Car Wreck" section. After each of the DH runs, you usually have a short fire road connector trail to, you guessed it, a couple miles of steep climbing, so bring an extra lung in your camelbak. The singletrack deep in the canyon is nice and plush but not very technical.

First added by joetutt on Nov 19, 2011. Last updated May 8, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From the PCH (hwy 1) and Broadway (hwy 133) in downtown Laguna Beach
head South about 2 blocks to Park Ave. Turn left on Park and take it till it dead
ends into Alta Laguna Blvd, about 2 miles. Turn left and park just up the road
at Alta Laguna Park.
Note: This is just one of the several trailhead and brings you to the "Top of the
World" section of the trail.
Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park 28373 Alicia Parkway Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 (949) 923-2200
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Rider questions

Q: I would appriciate a fast respose, i am going on this trial tomorrow and I was wondering a beginner friendly trial there. I am slightly expirienced but I am taking my brother with me and he has 0 expirience on trials and I would like to go on an easy going down hill trial.
A: First off, the trails to avoid then, Car Wreck and Mentally Sensitive are not beginner trails. Also, Cholla is generally regarded as a climbing trail. If you descend it (especially on a busy weekend), expect to upset a lot of people (not just MTBers). Lynx and Rock-it are also probably above beginner, probably intermediate. Head over to Meadows, its a local favorite.

Q: Is there any jumps