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El Moro Canyon

Average Rating:    (3.74 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 23

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.
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Latitude
33.54139466898275
Longitude
-117.59765625
Trail Directions
Take P.C.H to Crystle Cove.Turn on El Moro Canyon Drive(not for sure,but you will see a sign that says "El Moro Canyon" Can't miss it.Follow road till you come to parking lot.Park and enjoy the ride.(there is a $6 charge to keep trails maintained.
Trail Length
about 10 mile depending on which way you go
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Laguna Beach
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Review Date
July 7, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: medi.hash ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.



Comments
medi.hash (07/07/2008)
BTW, The map on this trail site is wrong. This trail is located in whats called "crystal cove state park". Look up "crystal cove state park" to find the right location.
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Review Date
March 6, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: sasquatch9billion ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I like whiting ranch. I tried chino hills not long ago, it was pretty fun.



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Review Date
February 13, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: islandsocal ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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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Review Date
December 15, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Skidrow92626 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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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Review Date
July 20, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Scabs ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Top of the World, Open Access, Modjeska, Carbon Canyon...



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