Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: So Cal
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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.
Private docent led mountain bike rides through Limestone Canyon. Go to letsgooutside.org
and register today! Also available: hikes, equestrian rides and family events as well as trail maintenance and science study.
Last edited by Pamestique; 02-25-13 at 11:03 AM.