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    Off road mountain biking for OC?

    I am thinking about giving mountain biking a try. I live in Huntington Beach. Are there any good off road trails trails nearby? Places that are perhaps closer than the San Bernardino Mountains, An hour or less drive?

    I'd love to do those downhill trails in the forest, they look like a lot of fun.

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    Borrow a bike and ride the the Fullerton Loop. It's a great trail to get started on and to see if mountain biking is your thing.
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    Aliso Woods County Park is just down the 73 from HB. Crystal Cove State Park down PCH. Santiago Oaks County Park up the 55. Plenty of excellent MTB in OC.

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    more info in OC Parks website including organized events for all levels and trail maps if you want to DIY

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    Blackstar Canyon off Santiago Cy rd.
    Mt Bike park in Laguna Canyon rd near El Toro rd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wulf View Post
    Blackstar Canyon off Santiago Cy rd.
    Mt Bike park in Laguna Canyon rd near El Toro rd.
    Blackstar is for road bikes.At least for me.
    Seriously, though, there is a surprising amount of urban mountain biking in Orange County. Check out Strava, you can see a wealth of dirt segments connected by short bits of road. There is more of this avaiable in south county as compared to the HB area. El Moro in Laguna, Whiting Ranch by El Toro and the Santa Ana Mountain trails were my favorites back when I had a mountain bike.
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    depends on your level and what sort of trail you are able to ride. Close to the coast is Aliso Wood Canyon. Wood Canyon is what I call the "beginner" route and everything else in the park is intermediate/advanced. Also consider El Moro/Laguna Coast Wilderness Park starting from Ridgeline (check internet) Bommer Ridge is the "beginner" route. Everything else is intermediate/advanced. Also check out Bommer Canyon. Good training route is Bommer Meadow to Bommer Pass to Turtle Ridge and down. Further South is Weedpatch and Caspers. Both have what I consider to be "beginner" friendly routes.

    Going North is Chino Hills (Telegraph is a great beginner route), Limestone Canyon, Black Star, Maple Springs, Whiting Ranch, Santiago Oaks. A great way to start riding are the trails around Irvine Park going towards Weir and Santiago Oaks and out into Banham Ranch. I don't consider the Fullerton Loop a good starting place. Trails aren't that easy, you can get lost and its really very crowded. That's something to try after you know what you are doing. Yes I know beginners ride it but it pisses me off when I have to pick and weave around the beginners walking up narrow trail or have them come down hill pass me all out of control. That's why there are so many injuries at Fully Loop.

    Also look at website irlandmarks.org and see rides listed. All levels plus skills classes - all free!

    PS: FOREST TRAIL... not less than an hour away. You do see pine trees climbing Maple Springs however. If you don't mind travelling and want Forest Trail I recommend Mt. Laguna over Big Bear unless bombing down hills is your thing then by all means do Big Bear.
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    Something to add: Check out 3fbc.com - "trails" for a list of all local trails. MArk generally has photos listed for those trails as well.
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