Places To Ride: Southern California

Places To Ride

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Mike Soursby here from the Southern California ThinkMTB Club. After the rains, earlier this year made everything bloom, like crazy. I’ve ridden here for 30 years, and this is the best mustard plants I have ever seen.

Mike Soursby
Southern California

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Open Spaces to Ride in Orange County

Here in the OC we enjoy a number of open spaces configured for our passion of mountain biking.

Orange County Parks

Favorites include:

  • Whiting Ranch for moderate fire road climbs and some single track

  • Aliso & Woods for beginner segments, fire road climbs and some tech challenge single track

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness for lots of intermediate and advanced single track downhills

  • Santiago Oaks for great short distance, high “burn” workout landscapes 

  • See also Caspers, Peters, Irvine Regional

California State Parks

Favorites include:

  • Crystal Cove for our weekly club multi tier ride from Coastal Peak Park

  • O’Neil for some fantastic climbs and great trails threading thru the river beds

  • San Onofre for the never ending fun of the San Clemente Single Track segments

  • See also Chino Hills

Cleveland National Forest

Favorites include:

  • Harding Truck Trail for pure climbing elevation, and views over Orange County

  • San Juan Creek for never ending single track and switchbacks up and out of the valley

Irvine Ranch Conservancy

Favorites include:

  • Blackstar for a great fire road climb to access the peaks between the coast and inland areas

  • Quail Creek Trail for an exercise loop that combines a bit of all terrains in a beginner/intermediate level

  • Open access days at Freemont and Limestone Canyons to experience nature at it’s best

How to Check for Park Closures & Alerts

OC trails can close for rain or fire concerns. Check for alerts here.

Orange County Parks

Crystal Cove State Park

Cleveland National Forest

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