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Perfect Aliso Woods circuit for the intermediate rider.


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9.6

Miles

15.5

KM

30%

Singletrack

1,001' 305 m

High

92' 28 m

Low

988' 301 m

Up

993' 303 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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Overview

Perfect Aliso Woods sampler for the intermediate rider that connects West Ridge Trail, Park Avenue Trail, Meadows Trail and Wood Canyon Trail and Coyote Run Trail for 10.6 miles and 1,400' elevation gain. Lots of steep inclines and downhills with minimal technical features and a few fun downhills.

Description

Start near Canyon View Park, with plenty of parking along Canyon Vistas or in the surrounding neighborhoods if the street is full.

If facing the park from the street, go to the bottom of the hill and into the neighborhood. Take a left on Silkwood, and then a right on Bottlebrush. Take Bottlebrush up to Hollyleaf and make a left. Take Hollyleaf to the end where it turns into a dirt trail called West Ridge Trail.

West Ridge Trail is a fire road that goes along the ridge, with some occasional steep slopes. If the weather is clear, you can see views of the ocean at certain peaks. Follow this trail along the ridge, about two miles until you get to Top of the World, where you'll eventually travel onto the street and through the neighborhoods. Continue straight until the road appears to dead end and follow the trail (steep paved downhill, then back up the other side) until you reach dirt again. Continue forward and you'll find Meadows Trail on your left.

Meadows Trail is known to be "one of the most used trails at Aliso." It's packed dirt and well maintained, so expect a smoother ride with more flowy switchback sections and less technical features. Be aware that it is, however, pretty steep–one of the steepest (and most fun) sections of this entire loop. Keep alert for two-way traffic and hikers, although this is known to be more of a downhill singletrack. Once you get through the never-ending turns, you'll eventually dead end at Wood Canyon Trail, which you'll turn left on for a slow and easy incline back toward the parking area.

Don't forget to detour onto Coyote Run Trail about one mile up on the left side, at the bottom of Mathis Canyon Trail. It's a slight incline with some short and steep sections. Stay on your toes, this trail is used in both directions with some blind, tight turns. This trail runs parallel to Wood Canyon Trail for a mile or so, before eventually joining back up to it to continue your easy ascent back to the car.

Contacts

Shared By:

Tyler Oslie with improvements by MTB MOR

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Photos

Bluebird Canyon -Laguna Beach, CA 
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Photo by Bill Freeman
Jan 24, 2015 near Laguna…, CA
A beautiful patch of nature hides relatively untouched within the LA mega-metropolis.
Dec 15, 2016 near Aliso V…, CA
The sun peeking through the trees with morning mist on Coyote Run Trail.
Jan 12, 2018 near Aliso V…, CA
Racing down Meadows Trail on the first downhill stretch on the route
Oct 31, 2014 near Aliso V…, CA
Meadows- A little overgrown
Jun 14, 2020 near Laguna…, CA
Is this the most difficult legal trail in Aliso Woods?
Jun 10, 2021 near Laguna…, CA

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Jun 2, 2021
Rico Sanchez
Apr 23, 2021
Pete Cunningham
Super fun beginner loop. All climbing in the beginning. Very flowy and enjoyably ride with awesome views. Bring a bell as their are a ton of hikers. 10mi
Mar 14, 2021
Boyet Ruanto
Feb 9, 2021
B M
Jan 10, 2021
Ricardo De La Torre
9.6mi — 1h 30m
Nov 16, 2020
Angel Flores
Nov 3, 2020
Dominique Kang
Sep 27, 2020
Soohyun Yoo