Top Mountain Biking Trails in Laguna Beach by Hans Rey

Top Mountain Biking Trails in Laguna Beach by Hans Rey

I have been riding the trails around Laguna for over 35 years. There is a great selection of trails for all skill levels, but be warned the local hills (mountains) can be steep and technical. Make sure you have some basic skills and endurance before setting off.

Before You Go:

Always wear proper biking gear and a helmet, bring water and respect other trail users and the nature and wildlife.

We have three major riding areas, which are all connected to each other; Aliso & Woods Canyon Wilderness Park, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park and Crystal Cove State Park/El Moro Canyon.

There are different trail heads/ staging areas from where the trails can be reached. Popular trail heads / staging area include the Willow Parking lot (canyon), Top of World, and the easiest access (that doesn’t require to climb all the way to the top first), start at the Aliso Woods Ranger station/parking area (off Alicia Pkwy in Laguna Niguel).

Top Mountain Biking Trails in Laguna Beach by Hans Rey

Photo Credit: Carmen Rey


Coyote Run Trail (Aliso Woods)– is a nice single trail in Woods Canyon, without major climbs. A beautiful, secluded canyon with trails and fire roads. Stop by the Horse Thieves Cave (Dripping Cave).

Top of the World – ride the West Ridge Trail (fire road) to the end/Cholla trail. Return same way. Enjoy great Views of the coastline and Laguna Beach (with Catalina Island views), as well as canyon views.


Meadows, Cholla, Mathis Trails in Aliso Woods

Old Emerald Trail and Fence Line Trail in Laguna Wilderness


Willow Trail in the Canyon is a great starting point to reach trails such as Lizard Trail, Camarillo Canyon Trail.

Rock-it Trail and Stairsteps Trail are popular in Aliso Woods Park


Laguna Ridge Trail (aka T&A), Old Emerald Falls Trail (aka BVD), Car Wreck Trail, Sheep Run Trail (aka Mentally Sensitive), Rattlesnake Trail (El Moro).

All these trails are fairly steep and technical, for experienced riders only. All trails have beautiful views and offer the full-on California Biking experience.

End your ride with a dip in the ocean.

Where to Rent Bikes & Bike Shops in Laguna Beach:

Laguna Cyclery

South Coast Bicycle

La Vida Laguna

Top Mountain Biking Trails in Laguna Beach by Hans Rey

Photo Credit: Carmen Rey

Laguna Mountain Biking History

Laguna has a long and rich history in mountain biking. The Laguna Rads Club is considered to be the oldest mountain bike club in the world.

Many mountain bike pros and Hall of Famers live in Laguna Beach, and many more international superstars of mountain biking come to ride and visit. You never know who you might see on our trails.

Check out Episode 2 of From Radical Origins to learn more about our local mountain biking pioneers:

Follow my adventures on my website: or on my social media platforms on Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook.

Happy Trails,

Hans Rey

More Trail Information:

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park (including Crystal Cove State Park)

Aliso Woods Canyon Park

About the Author

Hans Rey

Hans Rey

Hansjörg Rey, aka Hans “No Way” Rey is a pioneer in mountain bike trials and extreme mountain biking also known as Freeride /”Freeriding”. Rey began riding in the late 1970’s, since 1987, he has ridden exclusively on GT bikes. In 1999, he was inducted to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame.

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