El Moro Canyon - TRAIL

El Moro Canyon - Trail, Laguna Beach, California

Very fun, but very difficult.Right from the start you clime a long steep grade,but don't forget what goes up must come down. Also, stay on the main trails,don't get lost.

User Reviews (23)

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medi.hash   Weekend Warrior [Jul 07, 2008]

I really enjoyed this trail. Very challenging, if you want it to be. Very fun and easy to follow. From Intermediate to Advanced riding. The initial climb on the left hand side is a bit long but that gets most of the climbing out of the way so you can enjoy the rest of the ride.

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5
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5
sasquatch9billion   Cross Country Rider [Mar 06, 2005]

This trail is usually really fun and a good work out. I was riding it two times a week up until december. Unfortunately I went for a run with my friend there on wednesday and the ranger let me know that it could be a month before it's opened up to bikes again. We ended up walking most of the way through the park,The trails have been really washed out and there a very large sinkholes everywhere. We had brought our headlamps with us and it was early in the evening we came across some guy riding in the dark without a light and I wonder if he made it through alright because there were some parts that I imagine might be pretty shi*ty in the dark. I've been riding these trails since I was 17 and there were parts I wouldn't recognize now, after all the rain. So, If anyone knows of some good trails in Orange county that weren't affected by the recent rain please let me know.

Customer Service

Up "I think I can" and take a left up three hills that go by the lower and upper morro camp grounds. Passing the upper camp ground you can hit a single track I think it's "fence line" and then go down hill to rattle snake, at the end of which is a short ride up to "mach 1" (I think.) and back down, where you can turn right and go back up "I think I can" again. I think parking is 10 bones so maybe you want to buy a year pass or borrow someone's.

Similar Products Used: I like whiting ranch. I tried chino hills not long ago, it was pretty fun.
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4
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2
islandsocal   Cross Country Rider [Feb 13, 2005]

El Moro trails are currently closed due to mudslides. A lot of the trails have been washed out due to the heavy rains we received in January. Call El Moro before making the trip...

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4
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3
Skidrow92626   Weekend Warrior [Dec 15, 2004]

El Moro - I've been riding now 16 yrs. I started out in El Moro and I keep coming back. Yes if you stay withing the park, you'll be disappointed, other than fence line and rattlesnake. However, if you take the alternate routes - and still be legal, you'll say it has to be at least you # 2 or #3 trail in OC.

Customer Service

I've been starting my ride now from Pavilions at Ridge Park and NewPort Coast road. I start there to finish with an aewsome descent down what I call Methane Loop - it nears the methane stack for the old dump. Start up Ridge route on pavement till end of street 1.3 mile or so. Follow new horse path to right for about 150 feet, drop in left and what a start. You be on awesome ST for 1.5 90% downhill to deer valley in El Moro. Then up fireroad left, to the top (1 mile) through gate, right, 500 feet, drop in left - again downhill, awesome ST. Circle back right up fire road and enter El Moro again at it's highest point. Take fence line and then you can do your options. If headed back to car, take that fire road directly back to Ridge route, go pass the new condos on your right. get up on hill and find the ridge trail in the same direction. At the trailhead, lower your seat to enter the Methane. It is very technical finish and it is just over a mile. It drops you out at Newport Coast, take left, then right and your back at car. Food, Starbucks, beer, bathrooms, ... it's all there. This trip is anywhere from 12-20 depending on your options (rattlesnake?)

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4
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4
Scabs   Cross Country Rider [Jul 20, 2004]

I first rode this trail when I came down from Santa Cruz to visit my crew www.themtbcrew.com. I walked out of there covered in blood and dirt, it was the best. Now that I live down here we ride it once a month or so. El Morro is an ass kicker like many of the reviews state. It does get hot and I've found it a good idea to fill my camelbak up with ice cubes before I head out. The route we usually take is up I think I can. Once at the top you will begin your tackling what we have come to call "the three biitches" which are three pretty steep hills especially when it's cooking outside. Once you pass the park benches, head up the hill and make a right. This will take you to "Rattlesnake" be careful because this snake does bite. At the end of this trail make a right and enjoy a brief downhill, before you know it you will be pedaling up again toward a trails called Mach 5. I never use my brakes and just jam it all the way down. Be careful because there are hikers coming up. At the end of that run there will be a fork in the road. Go left and get ready to pedal up, up, up. At the top make a right and you'll find a trail that takes you back toward the parking lot. There are some fun singletrack at El Morrow if you look but they are illegal. I ride El Morro for a good workout. See ya out there.

Similar Products Used: Top of the World, Open Access, Modjeska, Carbon Canyon...
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4
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5
shark_hugger   Weekend Warrior [Jul 19, 2004]

OVER-RATED! If you read a description of this trail area, you might think El Morro is a "must ride" (great trails, over looking the Ocean, etc.) The issue however is that if you are true trail lover and enjoy variety and the remote feeling of nature. This is not the place to do it. Why? 1) It now costs $10 just to park near the Ranger Station! (El Morro is California State Park) 2) There is barely any decent single-track to be had on any of the trails 3) The Newport Coast is increasingly being carved up to build million-dollar homes for OC Yuppies who've probably never ridden a Mtn. Bike in their lives. In terms of scenery , unless you enjoy watching giant earth-movers carving up coastal scrub, these trails are not for you 4)Despite the fact that El Morro is located right on the coast, there is very little benefit from cool ocean breezes deep within the trails. On a typical hot summer day, you will get cooked to a nice golden brown. 5) El Morro is a "general use trail" which is shared by hikers and horse riders. Not a problem becuase everyone is welcome, but in terms of trail construction, the majorty of the trails are simply wide flat fire roads. The only redeeming part of El Morro in my opinion is Red-Tail/Rattlesnake trail which is a steep and highly technical run for DH and FR fans.

Similar Products Used: Ride Aliso/Wood canyon park instead. It's right across Laguna Cyn (Highway 133), it's a county run park (only $3 to park!), has a much better quality of trails (more nice single-track) and much better views. Start at the Alicia Parkway entrance and ride up any one of the great trails all the way to the Top of the World entrance for the best view of the ocean and Catalina Island. Also home of the infmaous "Rock It" trail for our DH and FR fans...
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2
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4
Cranx   Cross Country Rider [Jan 26, 2004]

This is an awesome trail but I certainly wouldn't label it as an "advanced" trail (described as such in the general description above.) It is definitely challenging and there are sections that are "advanced" however, for the most part, this trail is solid for anyone from the intermediate range on up. When you're done be sure to grab a bite at the French bakery/sandwich shoppe at in the shopping center located on PCH about a mile north of the entrance to the park. I can't remember the name of the place but it's right next to the Starbucks and they make the best sandwiches around! **5 flaming poos for aerobic rating because it can kick your butt and 4 poops for the technical rating because it ranges from very technical (5) to moderate (3).

Customer Service

I generally enter the trail at the west trail head (to the right if you're facing the ranger station.) From there I go in about 1 to 1.5 miles to "I think I can." Just like the name implies, this is a hearty climb that's about 2 miles long with about 900 feet of elevation gain. Once you peak this you continue to ascend up a series of short, relatively steep, climbs with short flats or slight DH's in between (this is all fire road up to this point.) Once you reach the top you decend along the single track fence line where you can either continue along the fence line or, turn towards "Rattlesnake" at the gate (Rattlesnake is a very technically challenging, rocky, rutted DH section. Do not attempt if you're not an advanced bike handler.) As you continue along the fenceline the trail will lead along both fire roads and single track where you will eventually hit two very steep climbs, one of which I have yet to conquer. Once you crest that however, it's mainly DH with one section "Mach One" which is a fire road section where, if you lay off the brakes, will allow to approach 40mph...hang on or risk LOTS of pain.

Similar Products Used: Aliso Woods (Top of the World) is awesome for it's views and terrain.
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5
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5
Wheezy   Downhiller [Nov 01, 2003]

Don't ride trails much these days, but I've been riding El Moro for about 10 years. It's got a lot to offer for such a small riding area. It used to be much more beautiful...

Customer Service

I like the outside perimeter of the park. Fenceline is great....

Similar Products Used: All the laguna trails aren't far away. Telonix/Ira's Run... DirectDial... ect...
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5
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4
Jared Johnson   Weekend Warrior [Sep 04, 2003]

This is a painful trail to ride in the middle of the day in the heat. There is no shade to find, so its like riding in the desert, the sand along the way helps that image too. The trails are marked very well, but for the first time without studying it too carefully, it can go on and on. The single track is fairly decent, and one particular part has a steep, rocky descent that is pretty technical. For better or worse it isn't too long. In short, get there early, expect a couple climbs and its okay.

Similar Products Used: Whiting Ranch (Portola & Bake)
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3
VALUE
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5
Rene Hoepelman   Cross Country Rider [Aug 31, 2003]

Worth a trip if you live far away. I come here about 3 or 4 times a month. I was frustrated on the very first climb out of the ranger station which is pretty much where everyone starts (I think) Took me a few tries but now I can make to the top without having to stop along the way. Some very narly downhills I cant believe anyone can ride down them LOL I made the mistake of taking a trail down the canyon to a campground and had to climb back up the other side. Too damn steep ride up. But once at the top the ride down the center of elmoro canyon is more then worth the trip. mostly fire road with one little nasty climb before the ride ends back to the ranger station Takes about 2 hours. I have not gone though the whole park and only did the camp ground loop once. There are maps posted through out the park you should not get lost. Fill up your camel back. Dont get caught out there with no water. In the summer time these are hot sand trails and makes it feel 20 degree's hotter.

Customer Service

do the initial climb believe its call no dogs trail then branch off from there

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4
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5
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