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Arduous Thrill

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 4.5 (6) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Packed with singletrack all around. Ride at leisure for a smile or ride aggressively and you'll have a look in your eye.


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Map Key

7.7

Miles

12.4

KM

65%

Singletrack

1,005' 306 m

High

457' 139 m

Low

1,017' 310 m

Up

1,013' 309 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

20%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Family Friendly A fun rock drop at the bottom is a formidable challenge.

Overview

The descents and flat areas are singletrack action-packed, while the fire roads are used for climbing when your front wheel is dodging left and right. The rare, ridden Old Emerald Falls is a hidden gem, especially for those who are tired of line choice.

Only a couple of technical sections make it a challengeable obstacle to thrill seekers or just a few bumps in the way of riding the rest of the singletrack. A fun feature awaits at the end of the descent on Old Emerald Falls. A 2.5ft rock drop is avoidable, but a fun hit. In the last stretch, why use fire road when there's twisting singletrack beside it? Missing Link and Fenceline keep the fun coming.

Need to Know

Missing Link and Fenceline may have traffic in both directions so go slow or just be ready to bail into the sagebrush at any time.

Description

Bomb down Bommer Ridge Road past the turnoff for Rattlesnake Trail and continue up the hill for a short time. On the left, there will be a turnoff with a small sign for Lizard Trail. This is before the peak of the hill. Once speeding down Lizard Trail, it may take some quick thinking to keep you on the path. You may be intrigued to stop and go try a certain section again. Near the bottom of the descending section, there are some fun built-in banked turns.

Some short climbing takes you to fire road where you climb and climb until reaching Bommer Ridge Road. There is a map on the right side of the fire road. Turn right onto Bommer and continue up the hill. The turnoff for Moro Ridge will appear soon. Moro Ridge is a fire road and in less than half a mile, the turnoff for Old Emerald Falls will sneak past you. Many have had to turn back after passing it. You'll climb two hills on Moro Ridge, and as you descend the second fun hill, on the left will be the entrance to this Old Emerald Falls. This winding trail takes you down a ridge with great views over the valley you're dropping into. Near the end of the turns is a rock section. A few more turns will bring you to a fun rock that can be a drop.

Flat singletrack leads to Emerald Canyon Road. This is where the climbing will be the most difficult. At the top, a left turn will bring you to the east end of Bommer Ridge Road. Follow it the same way as before, up to the hill and onto the trailhead of Moro Ridge, but then take a right about 500 feet after the start of the trail to turn onto Missing Link.

Continue on this fun, twisting trail alongside Bommer Ridge Road and continue across Elevator and Slow 'N Easy which is perpendicular to this path. Across Slow 'N Easy is Fenceline. Much like Missing Link, a fun varying trail. Turn right once this trail ends and go through the pole and sign structure to meet up with Bommer Ridge Road. Turn left, climb the hill, and make sure to hit the roller on the way down. Continue on to the parking lot with pride.

Contacts

Shared By:

Payton J with improvements by Brady Sorenson

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  4.5 from 6 votes

#1648

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  4.5 from 6 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
A few of the runs in the area!
Feb 22, 2021 near San Joa…, CA
Old Emerald Falls (BVD) Trail 2021
Feb 4, 2021 near Laguna…, CA
Fenceline (Missing Link) MTB trail with some tunes
Mar 17, 2020 near Laguna…, CA
Out and back on Missing Link ( Fencline ) |  Laguna Beach
Jun 10, 2020 near San Joa…, CA

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Jan 20, 2021
MTB MOR
fun 16mi — 2h 00m
Nov 2, 2020
Ken Sullivan
Cool trail. Rode after lizard trail. Maybe try a different route next time
Oct 21, 2020
Brian Carrillo
Singletrack love 8.6mi — 1h 37m
Jun 28, 2019
Michael Lindner
7.7mi — 1h 14m