Mountain Bike Orange County  by David Womack

Mountain Bike! Orange County Guide Book

by David Womack (Menasha Ridge Press)
Mountain Bike Orange County  by David Womack
Whether you’re new to mountain biking or an experienced downhill or cross-country racer, Mountain Bike Orange County is the must-have bible for the off-road rider in Southern California. Downhills, jumps, and scenic trails fill the pages and promise to keep you bouncing and bounding along in the great outdoors. With at-a-glance information that details trail conditions, difficulty, distance, and more, Mountain Bike Orange County gives you all the information you need to find a great ride nearby. Each route is rated on technical and aerobic difficulty, so you won’t get more, or less, than you want in your ride. Even longtime OC riders will find themselves surprised at the number of great loops and shuttle runs unbeknownst to them until now. After a broad tour of LA’s mountain bike playgrounds, you’ll know firsthand that SoCal truly is the mecca of mountain biking, and that Orange County is the center of it all.

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Trails from the "Mountain Bike! Orange County" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 40.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 40.

This is a short and fast loop, but the 1,000 feet of climbing is enough to make your legs burn. The climb, following paved roads, begins at Laguna Beach High School and heads straight up to Top of the ...
Newport Beach, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.1
Begin on the footpath near the sports park, then drop down to Trabuco Canyon Road and head toward the Santa Ana Mountains. Past the Oso Parkway underpass, Trabuco Canyon Road becomes the Arroyo Trabuc ...
Mission Viejo, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 15
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This loop utilizes some of the least-used trails in Chino Hills State Park. Begin at the Bane Canyon entrance and climb into the state park. Before you get to the entrance gate, turn right on the Bane ...
Chino Hills, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8.4
Push up the long, gradual climb on Black Star Canyon Road. Turn right on Main Divide Road and continue cranking uphill. The steepest climb comes near the 10- mile point as you approach Pleasants Peak. ...
Irvine, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 25.7
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Skirt through Coto de Caza on the Bell View Trail. Connect to the West Ridge Trail, rolling through the northern end of Caspers Wilderness Park. Drop down the Starr Rise Trail to Bell Canyon. Loop clo ...
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 21.5
Climb up Via Entrada and then veer left on an unnamed fire road into Dana Hills. Crank up to the ridge and bear right, following a semicircular path above the gated community of San Juan Hills. When y ...
Mission Viejo, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.5
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The excitement begins immediately on this loop. Starting atop Newport Coast, drop down the fun and challenging Deer Canyon Trail and ride it out all the way to the picnic tables at Deer Canyon. A stee ...
Newport Beach, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7.1
The ride begins near the mouth of El Morro Canyon and follows the canyon to its terminus just above the San Joaquin Tollway. From the back of the canyon, a short jaunt on the Missing Link Trail leads ...
Newport Beach, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8.9
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A steep ascent at the outset eventually leads to Bommer Ridge Road. After 2.5 miles a bumpy, singletrack descent lands you in Emerald Canyon. This is the crux of the ride—an out-and-back cruise throug ...
Newport Beach, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 12.4
Make the long climb up Holy Jim Trail. The trail begins in a stream-fed canyon, then switchbacks up toward Santiago Peak. Before you reach the peak, turn right on Main Divide Road. It’s a long, arduou ...
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 17.2
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Past the gate at Dartmoor, Boat Road is a steep route to the ridgeline. Crank up the gravel road, then follow the dirt road along the ridgeline. The climb ends where Boat Road and two other fire roads ...
Newport Beach, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.8
Ride out the Irvine Haul Road and then attack the intervals on Loma Ridge—steep, steeper, and steepest. The hard work is finished after 4 miles, so drop down to Bolero Springs and then follow Limeston ...
Irvine, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 10.39
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Ride a short distance down Trabuco Creek Road and connect to the river bottom via a smooth dirt trail. When you reach Crown Valley Parkway, climb up to the street and follow the overpass to the Cox Sp ...
Mission Viejo, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 14.6
Climb the length of Maple Springs Road to the Main Divide. Turn right on Main Divide Road and continue climbing as the rock-strewn road courses around Modjeska Peak. After a modest downhill, cut left ...
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 22.5
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This ride nearly circumnavigates the Aliso and Wood Canyon Wilderness Area, offering a bit of everything: dirt roads, singletrack, hike-a-bike, and even a bit of road riding. Begin on the Aliso Creek ...
Laguna Niguel, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 11.2
This ride begins at the Nix Nature Center in Laguna Canyon and ends at Shaw’s Cove in north Laguna Beach. Optionally, you may also loop back to the Nix Nature Center. Follow the Stage Coach Trail, cli ...
Newport Beach, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 9.9
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Carbon Canyon Regional Park is the primary access point to the western end of Chino Hills State Park. This ride begins at the base of Telegraph Canyon and then quickly turns to ascend the North Ridge ...
Yorba Linda, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 10.2
There are three primary trails in Peters Canyon Regional Park: Lakeview Trail, Lower Canyon Trail, and East Ridge Trail. East Ridge and Lower Canyon trails run parallel; a couple of decent singletrack ...
Orange, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.1
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Start at Carbon Canyon Regional Park and crank 6 miles up Telegraph Canyon. The Raptor Ridge Trail begins at Four Corners. Follow the singletrack, winding through the grassy hillsides all the way to U ...
Yorba Linda, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 17.6
The first part of the loop is all fire road, rolling through scenic El Morro Canyon. At the back of the canyon, a mile-long grade ascends to the ridgeline. Continue along the fast and forgiving Fence ...
Newport Beach, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8.5
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