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Stagecoach South Trail

Intermediate
 3.3 (8)

A curvy and rocky singletrack that parallels Laguna Canyon Road.


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Map Key

4.3

Miles

6.9

KM

Singletrack

625' 191 m

High

159' 48 m

Low

407' 124 m

Up

653' 199 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs No Dogs

E-Bikes Unknown

Description

Stagecoach South Trail has three personalities depending on the section traversed.

Section 1: Nix to 73 Underpass
The trail starts from the south side of the LCWP Nix parking lot and immediately begins short switchbacks until you are more than halfway up to the ridge. The switchbacks near Nix are sharp with a few steep parts but nothing too hard, it just takes a little perseverance. This part is popular with hikers and bikers coming in either direction. The track eases out as it moves across the midline of the ridge, then descends near the intersection of LCR and 73. If you are going south and descending near the highway intersection, this part of the trail has some medium sized rocks that dot the middle of it. However the lower part of this section is smoother and flowy.

At the south end of this trail, finding the continuation is a little difficult. You basically turn right after you are down the hill (the sign says "Camarillo"), ride through a tiny ravine with a gate, then take a left onto Stagecoach South (sign posted at this intersection).

Section 2: 73 Underpass to LCWP Willow Canyon Parking Lot
This may be the toughest part of the trail, with a noticeably narrower singletrack (or at least it's less maintained), dense brush in places, steeper, short switchbacks, quick inclines and quick descents. Towards the Willow Canyon parking lot, the park requires you to dismount because of an exposed earthquake fault feature. Watch for hikers.

Section 3: Willow Canyon Parking Lot to Big Bend Canyon Parking Lot
This is the easiest and shortest section. It can be a hard to find if you are coming from either direction. In order to find the continuation of Stagecoach, you need to ride through the parking lot. This section is a doubletrack that closely parallels the main road. Unlike the first two sections, this one is more of a point-to-point connector than a "fun" trail.

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Phil Reyes

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  3.3 from 8 votes

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Bomber!
Aug 26, 2018 near Aliso V…, CA
Stagecoach Trail.
Aug 26, 2018 near Aliso V…, CA
Dismount required between Highway 73 and Willow Canyon Parking Lot.
May 29, 2016 near Aliso V…, CA
The entrance to Stagecoach South Trail at Nix parking area of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park.
May 29, 2016 near Laguna…, CA
All grins!
Aug 26, 2018 near Aliso V…, CA
Stagecoach South Trail dives below Highway 73.
May 29, 2016 near Laguna…, CA

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Sep 7, 2019
Jonathan C
Aug 14, 2019
Bob Monticupo
Aug 12, 2019
Bob Monticupo
May 20, 2019
Michael Lindner
Getting better at this trail every time I ride. Best place around to practice my technical skills. This trail makes me wish I had a dropper seatpost. 8.6mi — 1h 30m
Jun 6, 2017
Ameen Younis