“A difficult triple-climb ride near Victoria Beach.
— nils randrup
Steep climbs are what makes this trail difficult. Beautiful views are what makes it an awesome Laguna Beach experience. Steep singletrack switchbacks are what makes it technical, jumps over creeks and fast mountain downhills at high speeds makes it fun.
It is normally open unless the park has closed certain sections off because of excessive water, but as we have ~322 sunny days a year it is virtually always open...
Need to Know
There is a steep downhill switchback on singletrack towards Aliso Creek Canyon with vegetation, so look out for hikers and other bikers on the way up. Two small creek crossings should not be a problem since there is water, but it is not normally more than a couple of inches deep. At Top of the World, make sure you go around to the right before you hit the road on Emmalisa's Bend
and then take the second trail on the right, Park Avenue Trail
. Not the first one. At the end of Alta Laguna Boulevard, when you go down the dirt path, be mindful that the path goes up steeply and ends with stairs to the left and a big drop on the right.
The track starts with a steep climb on Nyes Place until you get to the top of Moulton Meadows. With a fantastic view of the mountains and the sea, you then go across the ridge on Aswut Trail
and then onto a steep single trail downhill run with switchbacks all the way to the bottom of the Aliso Creek Canyon.
In the canyon, you ride on singletrack over a small bridge and then onto the valley bottom on the small dirt road through dense vegetation and trees. You then cross or jump over the creek twice before hitting the long, beautiful and gruesome climb on the ridge up to the Top of the World peak by Alta Laguna Park.
Once up at the peak, you then drop off the backside with scenic views over the Pacific Ocean and Laguna Beach. Make sure you take the southern track, Emmalisa's Bend
, on the back side of the Top of the World peak, otherwise you end up on Laguna Canyon Road.
Head into the small narrow valley on the back side of Thurston Middle School on Park Avenue Trail
and then step up for the last of the 3 climbs up to Park Avenue. Even though the last climb isn't that long, it'll take whatever you have left in your legs.
At the end of Park Avenue, go right onto Alta Laguna Boulevard. At the end of Alta Laguna Boulevard, go back down Aswut Trail
over to Moulton Meadows and enjoy the steep and fast downhill on the Balboa Avenue. Break before you hit the bottom of Nyes Place so you don't run into the houses, as a big cement truck and a couple of cars have done in the past.
History & Background
The ride starts virtually starts at Victoria Beach which is made famous by the skim board producer in Laguna Canyon with the same name. The origin of this track comes from wanting to have a workout trail and NOT a pleasant ride in the sun, but riding a trail where the fantastic panoramas and a little fun on the way can take the mind off your hardships.