Wood Canyon to Cholla to Mathis Canyon Loop
ElevationAscent: 790' 241 m
Descent: -790' -241 m
High: 796' 243 m
Low: 99' 30 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“An XC loop of Aliso Creek for hardtail, XC, or more novice riders.”— Glen Howell
Most of the descent trails in this park require a full enduro bike, such as Rock-It Trail or Car Wreck. If you tried going down one of these trails on a hardtail, you would probably be airlifted out. This loop is a way to enjoy the park if you are not DH equipped.
Wood Canyon Trail is a fire road. The surface is hard pack, however, at the beginning of the trail, there is quite a bit of sand and loose soil.
The Cholla Trail is a fairly steep and technical singletrack with a few rock gardens to navigate. Better to walk through these sections than end up in a cactus if you are a beginner. Once you reach the top of the Cholla Trail, make a left onto the West Ridge Trail. This trail is a fire road that offers some nice views of Orange County and the ocean. The road is mostly hard pack with a few smooth rock sections and a few sandy sections. There is one steep uphill section of this trail just before the left turn onto Mathis Canyon Trail.
The downhill section on Mathis Canyon Trail is also a fire road descent. Watch for hikers and other mountain bikers coming up the trail. From Mathis Canyon, make a right back onto Wood Canyon Trail and finally, a left onto Aliso Canyon Rd.
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Land Manager: OC Parks - Aliso and Woods Canyons Wilderness Park