Wood Canyon Trail

Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, California

Distance3.2mi
Elevation Gain536ft
Trailhead Elevation468ft
Top469ft
Elevation Min/Max91/469ft
Elevation Start/End468/468ft
Wood Canyon Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Aliso Viejo, California. It is within Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. It is 3.2 miles long and begins at 468 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 536 feet. Along the trail there is a viewpoint. This trail connects with the following: 5 Oaks Trail, Cholla Trail, Lynx Trail and Canyon Overlook Trail.

Wood Canyon Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This ride is located within Aliso and Wood Canyons Regional Park in Laguna Niguel.This is a moderate 10.4-mile combination ride, essentially an out-and-back with a terminus loop. Taking place within the scenic Aliso and Wood Canyons Regional Park, the ride generally follows the wide, smooth Wood Canyon Fire Road, but most of the time it takes place on hard clay and dirt singletrack. The most difficult ascent, on the Cholla Trail at the terminus loop, combines steep terrain with a loose surface. The Lynx Trail descent, on the other hand, is rocky and rutted; good bike handling skills are essential here. The ride passes through riparian woodlands featuring California Live Oaks and California Sycamores as well as desert scrub terrain. A fall on the Cholla Trail could land a rider on a prickly cactus. This is a year-round ride, but since much of the ride is unshaded, it's not recommended during extremely hot weather. To preserve the trails, the park is subject to closure for three days after heavy rains."

"This loop has a very narrow configuration, heading up Wood Canyon on the Wood Canyon Trail and returning on a few fun, easily managed singletracks. Spin 1.5 miles down Aliso Canyon to access Wood Canyon. A fairly mellow ride up the canyon precedes a short burst up the Cholla Trail to the ridgeline. This is where the fun begins. Follow the ridge to the Lynx Trail and charge back into the canyon. Retrace the canyon a short distance to the Coyote Run Trail and then crank all the way to the Mathis Trail. From Mathis, a short and scenic diversion on the Dripping Cave Trail brings you back to Wood Canyon. The ride’s last 2 miles retrace the first 2."

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Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
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Jun 2018