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Aliso and Woods Canyons - Laguna Beach Trailhead - #AlisoandWoodsCanyons
Aliso and Woods Canyons - Laguna Beach - Orange County - #AlisoandWoodsCanyons
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1: Go south on Pacific Cost Hwy. (Hwy. 1) passed downtown Laguna Beach to Legion Street,turn left. Turn right on Park Ave. Drive up Park Ave. all way to the top and turn left on Alta Laguna Blvd. Parking is at the end of Alta Laguna Blvd. Park phone number is (714) 831-2791. Thomas Guide page 951 B2

2: To reach the park from Interstate 5, take the La Paz Rd. exit, proceed West to Aliso Creek Rd. (approximately 4 miles), turn right on Aliso Creek Rd. to Alicia Parkway. Left on Alicia Parkway to the AWMA Road, turn right crossing over a bridge, veering to the left to enter the park entrance parking lot. Parking is $2 or you can park on the street for free. Thomas Guide page 951 E1
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#559
coyote trail bridge - It use to be that there was no bridge at this location. You would enter the creek bed about 40 feet west of where the bridge use to be. I remember doing an endo into the water during winter months. It was maybe two feet deep. Anyway got up in standard I am okay mode.
bluesband a 55 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a stumpjumper
Posted on 01/06/11 Alert moderators of this post
#558
Trail damage following rainstorm - Most of the damage appears to be in the lower areas. Mathis Canyon and Rock-it Canyon both appear undamaged with little change except for some rutting on the Mathis trail and extremely muddy conditions at the bottom of Rock-it.


toltion a 51 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Kona Four Deluxe from Aliso Viejo, CA URL: Woods Canyon post-rainstorm
Posted on 01/04/11 Alert moderators of this post


#557
about dh and uh - dh - showboats, young & reckless, short-lived, etc.
uh - disciplined, values riding as life not just a sport
kick arse pinoi a 37 year old Cross-Country Rider from LA
Posted on 07/02/09 Alert moderators of this post
#556
Start from home in Laguna Niguel to park entrance at Mormon church, up Mathis, down Meadow. Mathis is clean and clear of sand and in great condition. Single track surface down Meadow is really fast but hard as concrete and lacks the tack of a few weeks ago. There is no loose dirt or sand anywhere on this trail. The surface is slippery in spots, you can see black tire tread marks in some areas. Rain should bring back the ideal conditions experienced after xmas rains left the single tracks fast and tacky.
Bluesband a 53 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Stumpjumper from Laguna Niguel
Posted on 01/20/09 Alert moderators of this post
#555
Aliso Woods Closed - Rode down to the entrance at Ranger trailer to find out park is closed due to high winds and fire danger. Happy Columbus Day!
bluesband a 53 year old Cross-Country Rider
Posted on 10/13/08 Alert moderators of this post
#554
wood canyon/cholla/rock-it - decent ride, rock-it was sick. around 10 miles. 800ft in elevation gain. good intermediate trail.
stumpyrider a 21 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a specialized stumjumper fsr xc comp from trabuco canyon
Posted on 08/11/08 Alert moderators of this post
#553
These trails are for pussies. Grow some balls and head out and ride the real stuff at either Idyllwild or up in the Angeles National Forest.
a 24 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Kona Stinky from Aliso Viejo, CA
Posted on 05/12/08 Alert moderators of this post
#552
Yeah... - Yeah...40 somethings galore...and familias....watcha expect in Laguna?..
anyways..
trails are fun..
rockit..and that Stair step trail...
Hot as hell now so bring water, suntan lotion, and some shades........
lots of people as always so watch out and be respectful...
tekknics a 100 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Norco DH SIx, CHumba Freeride from Alta Dena
Posted on 04/14/08 Alert moderators of this post
#551
oh man - So many forty something tools riding this place. Its like, uh, yeah dude that was a pretty sweet dead sailor you just did off that fire road bump. Hahahahaha
Posted on 03/14/08 Alert moderators of this post
#550
This is hilarious. What a bunch of whiney babies.DH, UH, row, yield, start, stop, me me me. just ride and shut up.
Posted on 03/31/07 Alert moderators of this post
#549
XS11 - Your right. It's not Rocket. And thank you for not mentioning all of my other spelling and grammer mistakes which are plentiful. I was sure since I bagged on both sides of the fence a rant war would ensue. Perhaps some have accepted that an opinion is just that. Kinda similar to a$$holes, everybody has one and some are (me included) from time to time.

Anyway, just wanted to let all of these passionate Aliso Wood fans out there know that there is supposed to be a trail maint this Saturday at 8AM. I'm sure that all of you righteous out there also do your trail duty. Right?
xs11 a Old enough year old Cross-Country Rider riding a The weekend I'll be on my stumpy from Local
Posted on 03/27/07 Alert moderators of this post


#548
I thought it was Rockit Idi it!
Posted on 03/27/07 Alert moderators of this post
#547
Hey Local, the name of the trail is Rock It, not Rocket.
Posted on 03/27/07 Alert moderators of this post
#546
XS11 Strikes Again - You guys are a hoot! I'll bet your the ones with road rage on the freeways in the morining.

Yes, I said those that ride up Lynx and Rocket should stop whining when a rider comes blasting down into their faces because I do not whine when that happens to me going up said trails. If it bothers you then go ride up Mathis or Cholla! And what is technical to us cross country riders is oh so boring to those freeriders/downhillers. Those people should go ride Car Wreck, Telonics, or Modern Art! At least nobody is riding up those trails.

Aliso Woods is a collection of trails that are overridden and have been dumbed down to allow anybody to have fun there. Some trails are going to be used as bomb shutes regardless of how much the uphill whiners complain, so moving on to routes less used by the crazy bombers makes sense.

Eventually park management will step in and control things because park usage is getting so high that inconsiderate riders will actually cause injuries and lawsuits will follow. So far, the park rangers say nothing serious has occured outside of a rider injuring himself but that it will eventually happen. I'd love to see them do like Whiting Ranch and post one way signs on some trails.

Ranting here will not stop the bombers and if while ascending an inconsiderate rider going down cannot or will not give the right of way you'll just get run off of the trail... it's happened to me. I guess it never occured to me to go into road rage and keep it bottled up to let loose in this forum.

I've never been run off the trial going up "I Think I Can", "Harding Truck Trial", "Santiago Trail", Whiting Ranch, or Wilderness and a dozen other trails much better for climbing than Aliso. And Wilderness is just across the street!

Most important is not to hold onto anger and bring it here. Just go find a trail that is better for you and stop thinking the only place to ride is Aliso. It's just a tiny little park with too many people.

xs11 a Old Enough year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Uzzi SL (for now) from Local
Posted on 03/26/07 Alert moderators of this post


#545
up mathis, down meadow=sweet - Okay boys. Stop fighting or be a man and enlist in the US Marines, go to Middle East, and die for your country. I have been riding AW for eight years, two or three times per week on average with only one up/downhill incident w/dh braking nose, blood everywhere. Such a tourist. Your bs is sooo stupid. These confrontations rarely take place unless your are a repetitive offender. Let's ride or fight!
Bluesband a 51 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a specialized stumpjumper from Laguna Niguel
Posted on 02/08/07 Alert moderators of this post
#544
YIELD BOYS YIELD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted on 02/07/07 Alert moderators of this post
#543
To VJ, my bad. To the post below, although his comment was kind of assholish and provoking, he does have a point. They're not his rules. These are accepted rules of the trail. Go the the IMBA website. Check out the park regulations on the signs. Downhill rider yields to uphill rider, and bikes yield to everyone - horses and hikers. This is for safety reasons. The reason why equestrians and hikers hate us is because kooks like you have caused injury or near-injury to others by not yielding. This is not a private downhill course. This is a county-managed wilderness park. The last time I checked, you CANNOT ride however and wherever you choose. And one of the best downhills? You're kidding right? Lynx? No wonder you think the SMs are so great. I would agree that the SMs are better for intermediate trails, since that's all there is there. Definitely more variety, longer trails, less drama. But for steep and scary downhills, I haven't ridden anything there or most anywhere else that even comes close to Laguna.
GRide
Posted on 02/07/07 Alert moderators of this post
#542
xs 11 is the Idiot - He started this whole thing with his commands of how one should ride in this part. Last time I checked one can choose where and how to ride any trail. I would whine too if someone coming down was upset with me because they deemed it one of the best downhills and I got in there way. Unless the rules state that it is a one way trail then you should be able to ride any direction without a lame downhiller getting pissy. No wonder hikers and horseback riders hate us.
And I am in the OC and I know the trails are way better in the Santa Monicas. But hey, these are the trails that we have for short commutes and for what they are, they are nice.
Posted on 02/07/07 Alert moderators of this post
#541
If you read my post again you will notice that I agree with you that uphillers alway have the right of way.

No wonder the people going up hill want to kick you off your bike. "I refuse to stop, I will give them 75%, and they need to figure it out from there". (Referring to his dumba#$ comment below) Are you that lazy (meaning him) that you cant stop if the terrain fits?

I was quoting him and the sheer idiotic nature of his statement. I always get out of the way for uphillers whenever possible. As for your trails - well, they are OK. Some are nice. But the SM's are much better, have more varity and not nearly as much of the drama you find in the OC. That point is hard to argue.
V J
Posted on 02/07/07 Alert moderators of this post


#540
How stupid are all of you? Now this is turning into a LA vs. OC thing? Go back to high school. And if any of you "real riders" want to see what OC trails are all about, come ride with me. None of the good trails will be found on any map. I guarantee you'll change your mind about OC trails, and also about LA/VC trails being better, and I highly doubt you'd be able to keep up, or even make it down without walking.

"Are you that lazy that you cant stop if the terrain fits? Idiot!"

Uh, no. Rockit and Lynx are not easy, flat climbs. There are few, if any, good places to stop and restart on a climb. When climbing, most like to preserve their momentum and not have to stop. That's kind of the idea - fitness, sustained heart rate, etc. Restarting on a steep, technical, loose climb is not an easy task, and pisses people off when some idiot who could have yielded didn't. How hard is it to restart a DH run? These aren't World Cup training runs. And if you're so concerned about keeping your "flow" on these relatively tame downhills, then yeah, you're right - the Santa Monicas are the place for you.

"restart - "having to restart a climb is a difficult task". Boo-hoo. Don`t stop."

Good input. Did your mom help you with that comeback?


"I think the quotes above endanger riders and our reputation far more. Keep OC the riding is better in VC anyway."

Yeah, Simi rules. Nice fireroads and sycamores. I've ridden the craziest stuff you have up there. Not bad, but not all that exciting. I'm stoked for you.


"uhhh, technical? - i wouldn't call Rock-It and Lynx technical, maybe climbing it you could label it technical, but descending it sure isnt."

See the original post, Mensa.


It doesn't matter if you have the bike skills to not have to stop. Uphill rider has right of way, period. It's not up to you to come up with a better formula. It's up to you to keep other riders from complaining and bringing negative attention to the issue. All this said, you should know I am a downhiller. You embarrass me. Like I said, stay in the valley, donkey.
GRide
Posted on 02/07/07 Alert moderators of this post


#539
OC Idiots - This is why I never ride in the OC. The trails are not that good and the people are blazing idiots. Uphillers and Downhillers alike. I agree with SimiMike. VC is so much better. Nice people that yield for eachother. Climbers who actually climb hills rather then whine about how technical it is to climb up something but how easy it is to ride their lazy asses down. And our trails are 50 times better. The couple of decent trails that the OC has are just not worth putting up with the people that are already riding on them. Thank god for the Santa Monica Mountains, Ojai and San Gabriels. That is where the real riding is at and little if none of the yahoo's that are below. No wonder the people going up hill want to kick you off your bike. "I refuse to stop, I will give them 75%, and they need to figure it out from there". Are you that lazy that you cant stop if the terrain fits? Idiot!
Ventura Jack!
Posted on 02/07/07 Alert moderators of this post
#538
restart - "having to restart a climb is a difficult task". Boo-hoo. Don`t stop.
Posted on 02/06/07 Alert moderators of this post
#537
Thats MR. Idiot - Let me get this straight. The post before mine stated, and I quote, " I will kick you off your bike" and "Nothing like watching a DH knob take a serious spill". I stated having the bike skills to pass opposing riders non stop, giving row rider 75% of the trail and I`ll take 25. I think the quotes above endanger riders and our reputation far more. Keep OC the riding is better in VC anyway.
simi mike a 105 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a nrs1/reign1 from simi V
Posted on 02/06/07 Alert moderators of this post
#536
uhhh, technical? - i wouldn't call Rock-It and Lynx technical, maybe climbing it you could label it technical, but descending it sure isnt.
Posted on 02/06/07 Alert moderators of this post
#535
you are an idiot - If you knew these trails you would know that Rockit and Lynx are not your normal climbs. Very technical, and having to restart a climb is a difficult task. You endanger other riders as well as our reputation as a group. Keep your ignorant ass up in the valley.
GRide
Posted on 02/06/07 Alert moderators of this post
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