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Aliso and Wood Canyons

Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park offers riding opportunities from beginner through advanced routes on a combination of easy fire road climbs and great single track descents. Continue reading


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Big Bear: Fawnskin to Hanna Flats + Gray’s Peak

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Fawnskin to Hanna Flats to Grays Peak to Grout Bay Elevation Profile

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Big Bear: Skyline to Pine Knot

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Skyline to Pine Knot Elevation Profile

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Caspers Wilderness Park

Caspers Wilderness Park contains 25 miles of possible mountain biking rides ranging from short, relatively flat rides to steep technical inclines and descents. Continue reading


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Chantry to Mt Zion Loop

The Chantry Flats / Mt. Zion / Gabrielino trail loop is not for people who are afraid of heights nor those who don’t enjoy hiking. Continue reading


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Chilao / Charlton Area

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The Chilao / Charlton area ride consists of easy fire road climbs and single track descents down mostly smooth terrain. It can be done all year round so long as long as there is no snow. Even in the hottest days of summer, the temperatures here are typically 10 degrees cooler than anywhere else.

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Chino Hills State Park

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XEN MTB provides mountain biking tours throughout Chino Hills State Park for riders at all experience and fitness levels. Whether you’re interested in a quick and easy ride up Telegraph Canyon to Four Corners, or a grand tour of the entire park, there’s a ride for you.

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Chino Hills: East Side Loop

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XEN MTB provides mountain biking tours throughout Chino Hills State Park for riders at all experience and fitness levels. Whether you’re interested in a quick and easy ride up Telegraph Canyon to Four Corners, or a grand tour of the entire park, there’s a ride for you.

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Chino Hills: Green River to Rolling M Ranch via Lower Aliso Canyon

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XEN MTB provides mountain biking tours throughout Chino Hills State Park for riders at all experience and fitness levels. Whether you’re interested in a quick and easy ride up Telegraph Canyon to Four Corners, or a grand tour of the entire park, there’s a ride for you.

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Chino Hills: North Ridge and South Ridge

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XEN MTB provides mountain biking tours throughout Chino Hills State Park for riders at all experience and fitness levels. Whether you’re interested in a quick and easy ride up Telegraph Canyon to Four Corners, or a grand tour of the entire park, there’s a ride for you.

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Chino Hills: Rimcrest Loop

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XEN MTB provides mountain biking tours throughout Chino Hills State Park for riders at all experience and fitness levels. Whether you’re interested in a quick and easy ride up Telegraph Canyon to Four Corners, or a grand tour of the entire park, there’s a ride for you.

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Chino Hills: Telegraph Canyon to Four Corners

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XEN MTB provides mountain biking tours throughout Chino Hills State Park for riders at all experience and fitness levels. Whether you’re interested in a quick and easy ride up Telegraph Canyon to Four Corners, or a grand tour of the entire park, there’s a ride for you.

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Chiquito Trail via Blue Jay Campground

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The Chiquito Trail may seem like a short route down from Blue Jay campground, but don’t let the mileage fool you. And don’t think that just because this a shuttle ride that it’s going to be an easy downhill ride. It’s not! This trail has some of the most advanced technical features of the entire area.

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Chiquito Trail via the Upper San Juan Loop

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This route combines the upper section of the San Juan trail with the Viejo Tie and Chiquito trails. Although only 14 miles, it will feel like double that. This route for advanced and expert riders only. Count on 3-4+ hours of riding on 100% single track trails with plenty of rocks and some cliff exposure. 

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Crystal Cove State Park

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With scenic coastal views and deep canyons, Crystal Cove State Park is a classic California ride. This park is a climber’s delight with some some seriously steep fire roads and offers up a few fun single tracks as well. Combine this with the neighboring areas of Laguna Coast Wilderness,

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Cuyamaca Rancho Singletrack

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park features a blend of singletrack trails and fire roads meandering through deep canyons and panoramic views. Continue reading


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Eaton Saddle > Mt Lowe > Sunset Trail

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This is a downhill ride requiring a shuttle service to get you to the Eaton Saddle near the top of Mt Wilson. It’s a nice alternative to the Mt Lowe Loop that cuts out most of the climbing of that ride that you would otherwise.

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El Moro + Laguna Coast Wilderness

Crystal Cove State Park

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Hurkey Creek

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Ken Burton Loop

A relatively easy climb with a dangerous cliff-edge descent. Continue reading


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Laguna Coast Wilderness

Book a Tour Now! Laguna Coast Wilderness Park is part of the Orange County coastal region, seated between Aliso and Wood Canyons to the east, Crystal Cove State Park to the west and Bommer Canyon areas to the north. Per square mile of territory, it features a greater variety of single track trails compared to its neighbors,

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Laguna Meadows to Noble Canyon

This ride begins with a flowy singletrack through meadows and pine trees, includes an EPIC level singletrack through oak trees and sycamores and ends with a desert like terrain with jagged rocks, cactus plants and cliff edges over the canyon floor. Continue reading


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Malibu Creek State Park

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Malibu Creek State Park features beautiful California grasslands, oaks, and impressive panoramic views of the coast from 2400′ above sea level. It’s also a historical site where you might see signs of native indians that lived here and more recently, the remnants of the M.A.S.H.

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Maple Springs

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Maple Springs is the Silverado Canyon gateway to the Santa Ana Mountains. Popular destinations from this entry include the Maple Springs to Four Corners out and back ride, Santiago Peak, and for the ultra long distance riders, connections to Harding Truck Trail, Joplin, and Holy Jim.

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Mt Lowe Loop

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If you like climbing up steep fire roads and descending on sweet technical single tracks, this is the loop for you. XEN MTB loves this ride! You pay for the fun first with a 2,500′ climb up a fire road. From there nearly all of the rest of the way down is single track.

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Mt Wilson Area

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XEN MTB provides guided mountain biking tours all around the Mount Wilson area. There are many mountain bike rides to enjoy in the Mt Wilson area. Some, like the Mount Lowe Loop can be climbed as up and backs and some can be done as loops.

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Noble Canyon

Book Trip Now!If you’re going all the way to Pine Valley, California you may as well get the most you can out of one day of riding. And that’s why XEN MTB suggests starting Noble Canyon with a gentle ride through the Laguna Meadows. You’ll dodge cow pies on the trail and absorb the beautiful high country views and air.

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Noble Canyon via Sunrise Highway

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Noble Canyon via Sunrise Highway Elevation Profile

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Point Magu State Park


The first three miles of this route are a gentle fire road as we go into Sycamore Canyon. The next couple miles we climb up a single track, somewhat steep at times. At about 5.5 miles, the trail turns into an easy paved road climb for about 1 mile.

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Quail Hill to Bommer Canyon Loop

A great loop comprised of publicly accessible trails meandering through Irvine, Laguna Beach and Newport Beach with sweeping vista views of the ocean and surrounding mountains. 

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Redbox to JPL via Gabrielino

Photos of Redbox to JPL

http://photos.3fbc.com/Angeles_Forest/20181006_Redbox_to_JPL/
http://photos.3fbc.com/Angeles_Forest/20090718_Red_Box_to_JPL/

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San Clemente Singletracks


The San Clemente Single tracks, also known as “The Weed Patch” are official part of the San Onofre State Park system. So many people visit San Onofre for camping and surfing year round that the wait list for camp spots opens up in February for late summer camping and is sold out within an hour.

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San Juan Trail

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Whether you ride up San Juan trail or down as a shuttle option, there’s plenty of steady technical riding to be had here. This trail surface is smooth in most parts and extremely fast. The dirt grips amazingly well to your tires,

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San Juan Trail Shuttle via Blue Jay Campground

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San Juan Trail via Blue Jay Elevation Profile

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San Juan Trail: Up, Around and Down

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For most people, this is the traditional San Juan Trail route. You ride up to “cocktail rock”, then around the upper loop in either direction (each way has its advantages and disadvantages), and then come right back down the way you came. Getting to the rock is the easy part to navigate.

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San Juan Upper Loop via Blue Jay Campground

Please note: This is NOT a shuttle-assisted ride. You start at the top, drop down, climb a hill, go down again and then back up what you started at the end. This cuts about half the climbing of starting from the bottom of the San Juan trail and effectively doubles the climbing of the shuttle-assisted option.

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Santa Ana River Trail

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This ride will give you a great workout even on the way down and features spectacular views of the San Bernardino Forest. With XEN MTB as your mountain biking tour guide, you’ll know when to push hard up those climbs, when take it easy, and when to let go of the brakes and fly!

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Santiago Oaks

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Santiago Oaks Regional Park and adjacent Irvine Regional Park are a couple areas within a broader region of open spaces on the border of residential areas. Passing through both parks is the Santiago Creek which is fed from the nearby Santa Ana mountain range which is typically dry most of the year.

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Santiago Truck Trail

Book a Tour Now! Santiago Truck Trail to the Luge is a beginner level ride just outside Foothill Ranch that begins with a moderate single/double track climb, and ends with a very narrow, twisty and fun single track to reward your efforts. It is one of the few places that can also be ridden at night.

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Santiago Truck Trail and O’Neill Park Loop

A beautiful ride with great views and the most Oak Trees you’ll likely see in one area of Orange County.   

Photos of this route:

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Strawberry Peak Loop

A very strenuous and steep climb combined with technical sections and steep cliff edges makes this a rewarding, but very dangerous half-day loop recommended only for those in excellent shape and without a fear of heights. Continue reading


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Thomas Mountain

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Trabuco Canyon

Trabuco Canyon is one of the most beautiful places in the Santa Ana Mountains. The ride from the street to the Holy Jim parking area is a great beginner ride featuring a gentle climb, a lot of it under the canopy of Oak trees. But once at the beginning of the Trabuco / Holy Jim loop,

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Turnbull Canyon

Turnbull Canyon is a popular spot both for mountain bikers and hikers between Whittier and Hacienda Heights. Continue reading


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Whiting Ranch > Santiago Truck > Luge > O’Neill Park

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The “grand tour” of the foothills, on this intermediate level ride covering 20 miles of local terrain, you’ll see everything that the Santiago Truck Trail has to offer, plus Whiting Ranch and O’Neill Regional Parks. There will be plenty of Oak lined trails and if you’re lucky enough to visit here in the winter or spring,

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Whiting Ranch to the Luge

This is a combination of two areas to ride: Whiting Ranch and the Santiago Truck Trail. Individually, both are great and could be done by themselves for a shorter ride. Together, they make up an endurance-testing combination that will leave you exhausted and thrilled at the same time.

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Southern California Guided Mountain Bike Tours

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