Aliso Creek Trail to Aliso and Wood Canyons

CYCLE ORANGE COUNTY, SIGHTSEEING RIDE, ALISO CREEK TRAIL TO ALISO AND WOOD CANYONS Flat and short enough for families and inexperienced riders, this ride is still interesting enough for advanced riders looking to add some miles. The route takes off from Sheep Hill Park and follows the lower portion of Aliso Creek Trail until it disappears into Aliso and Wood Canyons Park. For families interested in safe rides that build stamina this is an excellent choice. Start by doing a few laps around Sheep Hill Park then pass under the bridge and cycle this trail as it follows meandering Aliso Creek. At 3.34 miles the trail officially ends at Awma Road and for the most inexperienced riders this is probably a good turnaround point. For those venturing on, pass through the unpaved parking lot and pick up the paved trail that heads into the park. Aliso and Wood Canyons Park is a spectacular wildlife refuge comprised of over 3,900 acres. The trail continues gently downhill as chaparral-covered peaks tower above on either side. Once the tribal home to a number of Native American tribes, the park is now part of the 38,000 acre Nature Reserve of Orange County whose aim it is to preserve plants, animals and the native environment for future generations. With over 30 miles of trails this is a paradise for hikers and mountain bikers. Pick up a map at the park entrance and hike/ bike to the aptly named Top of the World peak. At the turnaround the road continues on, however this moves onto private property and is clearly marked as trespassing. At 9.23 miles the trail forks and a left here will return you to the start in the shortest possible time. For a slightly longer ride follow the Ride Log and bear right heading up the trail. This section of the route runs alongside Alicia Parkway and does cross a number of roads along the way so stay alert. At 10.36 miles the path passes by Laguna Hills Community Center and Sports Complex and traffic in and out of here can be heavy, especially on weekends. The sports complex is vast with soccer fields, baseball diamonds and basketball courts. In one corner you will find the large skate park and nearby is the Prehistoric Playground where kids can climb through ‘fossils’ and over large stone turtles. Bring a picnic and let the kids explore. FOOD AND DRINK Although there are not many dining opportunities along this route, Aliso and Wood Canyons offers an incredible backdrop to the perfect picnic location. For dining, head over to Laguna Hills Mall where there are plenty of options. ACCESS By bus, OCTA route 188 makes a stop near Sheep Hill Park. By car, take exit 90, Alicia Parkway, off of Interstate 5, and head south for 1.7 miles. Turn right onto Moulton Parkway and after 0.6 miles turn right on Laguna Hills Drive. Park on street next to Sheep Hill Park.
Ride type:
Sightseeing
Mountain biking
Road riding
Commuter
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
Fitness Level: Medium
Terrain:
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
On-Road
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Estimated Distance (Kms): 18.0
Services:
Water
Food
First Aid
Toilets
Bike hire facilities
Carparking
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber
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