Aliso / Wood Canyons Regional Park: Rock-It / Cholla Loop

Loop • 10.2 mi • 200 ft

One of Orange County's most popular riding spots, Aliso/ Wood Canyons Regional Park-part of Laguna Niguel Regional Park lies hidden between Laguna Beach and Laguna Hills. It is a unique combination of city and country land. The western portion is a part of Laguna Beach Greenbelt, whose high, lush ridges have been secured as a source of open space and recreation. a series of trails and roads crisscross this area above Laguna Canyon Drive, and from the ridge, four other trails drop down into the park. Together, these two parcels form an adult playground of over 5000 acres.
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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Laguna Beach
Length: 10.2 total miles
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Intermediate; technical
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,036 feet
Top Elevation: 1,036 feet
Local Contacts: Aliso / Wood Canyons Regional Park 714-831-2174
Local Maps: USGS Laguna Beach, San Juan Capistrano
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Great scenic park. Out of two days riding thorugh this park and the one beside it Cholla Loop was a relativly easy trip to the top of the world and Rock-It was by far one of the most fun trails down. This is apparently a popular park and is crowded. Ripping it down the hill is unsafe simply b/c of the mass of people. Still a great ride and one of the best trail views of Laguna Beach.


Meadows is a single track with some very sharp steep turns. It is a beautiful and fun trail for those with some experience. And most everyone takes the Meadows trail down, hence your experience. From the top of the world, the easiest route for a beginner would be to go down Matthis, the widest and flattest of the trails, and up Cholla. Cholla is also a steep single track, but it is the shortest track up.

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