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Stagecoach-Serrano Ridge Loop

Intermediate
 4.0 (7) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A nice 7-mile loop up Stagecoach Trail North to the Serrano Ridge Trail.


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Map Key

7.4

Miles

11.9

KM

50%

Singletrack

849' 259 m

High

348' 106 m

Low

934' 285 m

Up

931' 284 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs No Dogs

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

This is a loop combining the Stagecoach Trail North to Serrano Ridge Trail to West Canyon and then back up to the parking lot via Stagecoach South Trail.

Description

Stagecoach Trail North has nothing in common with its cousin to the south, Stagecoach South Trail. The doubletrack leaves Nix Parking Lot from the north side, goes under Highway 133 and moves along a dry-bed lake, then goes back under the highway and through a short hilly meadow until it intersects with West Canyon trail.

This part of Laguna Coast Wilderness has decent views, and on completely clear days you can see downtown LA. Since it lies in the middle of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, the only way to access it is via other trails including Quail Trail, West Canyon, and Camarillo Canyon Trail/Upper Laurel Trail. There's a relatively large free parking area in Irvine at the Quail Hill Trailhead.

Camarillo is best ridden in a counter-clockwise direction as the ride up to Serrano Ridge is difficult. Half of this trail is clearly meant for downhill singletrack riding. However, if you find yourself coming in from Stagecoach, riding clockwise like I did, here's what to expect:

West Canyon begins as a pleasant doubletrack trail. Once it begins the climb up to Serrano Ridge though, it is consistently difficult until its junction with Serrano Ridge Trail. Riders coming down Camarillo will enjoy lots of speed, short berms, a couple flowing sections, and a few, very small rock gardens. This singletrack portion of the trail is not for beginners, although the doubletrack section is definitely a green trail.

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 up 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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Anthony Ritz with improvements by Randy

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Photos

Riding down the trail with some tunes
Mar 17, 2020 near Laguna…, CA
Blaster!
Aug 26, 2018 near Laguna…, CA
The entrance to Stagecoach South Trail at Nix parking area of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park.
May 29, 2016 near Laguna…, CA
Serrano Ridge Trail at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Jan 3, 2015 near Laguna…, CA
Junction of West Canyon and Stagecoach Trail North.
Sep 3, 2016 near Laguna…, CA
Riding up the many switchbacks on Stagecoach South Trail just south of Nix.
May 29, 2016 near Laguna…, CA

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Sep 12, 2020
Shawn Butler
Fun ride with rolly climbs and semi-technical descent that I wuss out on :) — 1h 00m
Aug 23, 2020
Wooyoung Choi
Fun ridge trail. down hill valley is very rocky — 8h 00m
Jan 11, 2020
Kevin Carlson
Jun 16, 2019
Noriaki Yamamoto
Apr 28, 2019
Lisa Bonita
Apr 14, 2019
Monique Porras
Wow, what a great ride! As a beginner I was really happy with this entire ride. The end was rough and I had to walk it but overall it was amazing 7mi
Jan 4, 2019
Bill Keeline
Dec 3, 2018
Mark Eissing