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Crystal Cove Singletrack Sampler

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.2 (29) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An incredible 10-mile loop with a sampling of some of the best singletrack in Orange County.


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Map Key

9.9

Miles

15.9

KM

70%

Singletrack

1,002' 305 m

High

351' 107 m

Low

1,434' 437 m

Up

1,436' 438 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

This is the perfect 10-mile loop to knock out in just a couple hours. This singletrack loop will have you begging for a second lap and includes technical steeps mixed in with flat and flowy sections. The beauty of this particular Featured Ride is it will guide you through the epic mountain bike territory of Crystal Cove State Park on some of the best singletrack in the area.

Description

There is loads of street parking around Coastal Peak Park. You'll enter this world of singletrack by fire road (and there is a lot of fire road in the area).

After a brief fire road bomb, climb, and bomb again, you'll enter Lizard Trail. It's a thrill of a descent followed by fast and flowy, sometimes bumpy, flat sections. You'll be interrupted by a giant boulder you have to climb around with bike in hand. As you exit Lizard Trail, you'll hop on more fire road for a grueling climb out of the canyon and back up to the top of Fenceline.

Stop and take a picture — this is one of the most scenic areas of the ride with expansive views of Crystal Cove State Park and, on a clear day, the Pacific Ocean. Fenceline is a roller coaster of small ups and downs with long stretches of flat. Go for speed! And when you are done, you'll hang a left on a deceptively tame fire road that quickly turns into one of the fastest sections of doubletrack I've seen in the OC.

Keep your speed up and you're adrenaline will be pumping as you send it over some steep doubletrack/fire road on your way to the most challenging portion of the ride: Rattlesnake Trail. After some challenging punchy climbs on singletrack you'll find yourself perched atop a steep menacing rocky descent with enough technical chops to require careful line selection. For added fun, avoid the dirt trail on the left and work your way through straight rock garden.

Once you arrive at the bottom you'll once again be on fire road. You'll first bomb down a steep washboard to the bottom about sea level before heading right back up on the next ridge over. You'll climb a grueling climb with a couple quick descents before reaching Ticketron trail entrance, which has a sign labeled "No Name Ridge" at the trailhead.

No Name Ridge is a fairly tame singletrack with lots of switchbacks. Go for speed and enjoy the flow. Once at the bottom, you'll begin your final ascent back to your car on fire road.

Once back at your car, you'll do your best to wipe the grin off your face and move on with your day. You might even text some friends that won't get it... unless, of course, they've ridden the Crystal Cove Singletrack Sampler, too.

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Dalan Rohrer

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  4.2 from 29 votes

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Photos

Rockin' Lizzard.
Oct 1, 2017 near San Joa…, CA
From the top of Missing Link take the right line for a little rock and roll.
Mar 3, 2018 near Laguna…, CA
Cactus with a view.
Jun 23, 2015 near San Joa…, CA
Near the east end of Fenceline looking west(ish)
Sep 25, 2014 near San Joa…, CA
A few of the runs in the area!
Feb 22, 2021 near San Joa…, CA
Out and back on Missing Link ( Fencline ) |  Laguna Beach
Jun 10, 2020 near San Joa…, CA

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Apr 15, 2021
Pete Cunningham
Lots of fun. Some sporty rock gardens on the second loops...Had to walk some of it as I wasn't comfortable to just send it. 10.5mi — 2h 00m
Apr 3, 2021
D Rugg
First time trying this loop. Lizards, Ticketron were fun, Rattlesnake was definitely techy. Lots of DH and Climbing. Good workout! 10.1mi — 1h 46m
Feb 19, 2021
Ken Sullivan
first half (lizard etc.) Is straight fire. The second half (finger down to near the water and other finger coming back) is skippable. Mostly fire road
Aug 29, 2020
Stoutclout Felix
Jun 26, 2020
Frank Sanchez
12mi — 8h 00m
Jun 23, 2020
Dave Montesano
June 2020. Sick trail, lots of elevation gain. Good technical stuff
Jun 6, 2020
Choo-Bhin Ong
Feb 13, 2020
Glenn Chu
10.2mi — 1h 34m