The second half of the dirt fondo is for intermediate to experienced riders. After completeing your first 25 miles in Aliso Woods, stop in at the high school to refuel and head over to Laguna Coast Wilderness for a more challenging 25.
There will be limited support on this section of the ride. There is one manned aid station at the Nix Center (mile 38).
From the High School, you'll ride city streets into North Laguna. Then climb Dartmoor St which turns to dirt. The steepest climbs are here. Once you gain Bommer Ridge
Trail, your next descent will be the singletrack on Old Emerald Trail
. You'll climb Emerald Canyon Road
to gain Bommer Ridge
Then follow the route over to more singletrack on Missing Link
, and follow it all the way through out to Bommer Ridge
yet again. Head over to really fun singletrack on the new Lizard Trail
and climb out Upper Laurel Trail
over to more fun singletrack down Camarillo Canyon Trail
. Exit into some rolling meadows and keep an eye out to your left for the singletrack of Stagecoach South Trail
to the Nix Center. Hydrate and eat at the Nix and begin your return back towards town.
Retrace your ride on Stagecoach and follow the rest of Stagecoach that you have not ridden yet under HWY 73 to the Willow
Parking Lot. Climb Willow Canyon Trail
up to Bommer Ridge
and proceed south all the way to Laguna Ridge Trail
, your last singletrack descent. Beware of massive ruts and holes; it's recommended to walk the first 100 or more yards. Look out for a couple of steep rock features near the bottom as well.
Exit to the left rolling singletrack that puts you at the Big Bend Parking Lot. From there you can ride the pavement of Laguna Canyon Road back into town and climb 3rd St, left on Park Ave back to the high school for your victory lap on the track. Well done!
Laguna Beach is known for epic mountain biking. Come out and experience our trails!