13.2 miles
Distance
2,201 ft
Climb
-2,201 ft
Descent
1,001 ft
High Point

This is a longer & gnarlier route. Watch out for Mentally Sensitive and Car Wreck, as they can be challenging.

Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park is located closer to the beach in Orange County, which allows for some cooler days but still super fun sends. There are fire roads towards Top of the World and also in the creek that weave through the trees. Most of the trails are a big technical so be cautious, unless you wish to stay only on fire roads. The climbs are steep and the descents are technical, but everything is doable or easy to walk. It’s also a very popular location for hikers, so be cautious while on the trails. On weekends it can get a bit crowded so if you can squeeze in a ride on a weekday you may not have to worry about avoiding so many people.
Make sure to keep an eye out for features and ways to get around them if you're not ready to hit it this time. Be cautious of other riders, hikers, and horses as this area can be busy on peak days or times. Mountain bikers yield to all other trail users.

For More Info on Aliso Go to: https://www.ocparks.com/parks/aliso/

Detailed Description
Aliso Woods - Advanced Route 2 is a 13 mile popular expert route located near Aliso Viejo California. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 6 trails. This route climbs 2,201 ft with a max elevation of 1,001 ft then descends -2,201 ft.
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19 Reviews & Comments

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thechrisfr (Nov 26, 2022 at 16:53)
Trail Sheep Run
Challenging, technical and steep. Love it!
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Jonny360 (Jul 13, 2022 at 20:58)
Trail Car Wreck
Intermediate rider and really enjoyed this one till it got to the big rock garden at the end. Psyched myself out and ended up walking it. Shes gonna be a challenge for sure.
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MrFahrenheit99 (May 10, 2022 at 21:51)
Trail Car Wreck
Really challenging and very chunky. Not for the faint of heart. I was in over my head but still enjoyed it. A longer travel bike will definitely come in handy here.
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Memerman1301 (Apr 18, 2022 at 14:45)
Trail Sheep Run
I wouldn’t say it’s a double but a definite single black and super fun
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DPTR (Apr 15, 2022 at 6:47)
Trail Car Wreck
Kind of like the rock garden on Rattlesnake, but Car Wreck is rocks all the way through. Very challenging technical trail with tons of rocks and steep sections.
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DPTR (Mar 17, 2022 at 15:26)
Trail Sheep Run
The Trail sign when you are at the park says Mentally Sensitive.
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DPTR (May 1, 2022 at 7:14)
Trail Sheep Run
Now it is called Sheep Run
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TimnberG (Mar 17, 2022 at 8:07)
Trail Sheep Run
This is more of a black diamond trail.
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EthanYaeger (Aug 18, 2021 at 22:54)
Trail Car Wreck
A fun technical downhill with a few drops. It’s really cool to see the car at the bottom
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Mbiggie (Jul 13, 2021 at 6:42)
Trail Cholla
As of June 1, 2021 this is an uphill only trail for bikes. As of this post, Trailforks has this listed as a multi-directional trail. Again, it is an uphill only trail for bikes, multi-directional trail for hikers.
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zinexo (Jun 15, 2021 at 10:25)
Trail Cholla
Really steep for pedaling an enduro bike. Should be changed into a proper climbing trail.
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stachern (Jun 15, 2021 at 11:54)
Trail Cholla
the trail is already 10 feet wide in some spots, it doesn't need any more widening. Many people pedal enduro bikes up it with no issue, it is the easiest climb in Aliso.
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thechrisfr (Apr 26, 2021 at 17:33)
Trail Car Wreck
Like rock it but steeper with bigger rocks. Much more difficult in my opinion. I ride Rockit all the way down, I have to walk some of the parts of Car Wreck.
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Cedricdandre (Dec 5, 2020 at 16:11)
Trail Sheep Run
Super loose and rutted
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BRog72 (Nov 6, 2019 at 9:53)
Trail Sheep Run
Rutted in a few places but otherwise is awesome
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CanyonTrailz (Oct 26, 2019 at 19:46)
Trail Sheep Run
Steep, Loose, Rutted, Technical Fun!
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tapforge (Jul 30, 2018 at 13:33)
Trail Car Wreck
Not for the faint of heart!
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Samgreene (Oct 1, 2017 at 20:30)
Nice ride though the canyon bottom.
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rngd30 (Mar 27, 2017 at 21:40)
Trail Car Wreck
Nice technical ride, some no so difficult drops, and a very challenging rock garden,
that ends in a turn and an old car
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Trails in Route

Car Wreck2,162 ft
Oak Grove1,440 ft
Sheep Run2,851 ft
Meadows Trail2,126 ft
Wood Canyon Trail3 miles
Cholla1,519 ft

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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
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  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    28
More Stats for Aliso Woods - Advanced Route 2 mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    89 ft
  • Altitude start
    677 ft
  • Altitude end
    676 ft
  • Grade max
    -82.1%
  • Grade min
    60%
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

statustraildateconditiondescription
Cholla
Jan 25, 2023 @ 12:03pm
Jan 25, 2023
5 Oaks and other Aliso trails in good shape after the rains , some erosion but minor - not muddy not wet
Car Wreck
Jan 24, 2023 @ 6:22pm
Jan 24, 2023
Most of the trail is fine but the end rock garden is super chunky. Its all rock there's no dirt.
Sheep Run
Dec 20, 2022 @ 7:46am
Dec 20, 2022
Recent trail work has been performed on this trail.
Wood Canyon Trail
Dec 17, 2022 @ 3:29am
Dec 17, 2022
Meadows Trail
Dec 17, 2022 @ 3:29am
Dec 17, 2022
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