Longing for a gnarly downhill single track to ignite your cycling passion? Look no further than Laguna Ridge Trail, also known unofficially as T&A. Situated in the picturesque city of Laguna Beach, California, this trail is bound to challenge even the most skilled cyclists with its rocky terrains, steep inclines, and technical sections.
Laguna Ridge Trail kicks off near the intersection of Boat Road and Bommer Ridge Road. As you make your ascent to the top, you'll be greeted with two line choices: a rocky and more difficult path to the left and a relatively smoother one on the right. Be cautious while selecting your line, especially if you opt for the left path, as things could get bumpy.The trail is a combination of rocky rutted double/single track with the most challenging sections located near the top. As you descend, the trail becomes more flowing, punctuated by one small drop-off that is easily maneuverable.This trail connects to the Big Bend Trail on the east end, and if you're planning to climb it from the west, brace yourself. Conquering this trail non-stop without a foot down is a feat only those with immense talent and skill can claim.
Cyclists should be adept at maintaining balance over their back tire and comfortable navigating through brake bumps and rock drops. For the first section, staying to the right is advisable, as it is difficult to pick a line without encountering large boulders or ruts.About halfway, the trail plateaus into a fast single track filled with steep and technical sections, making it a favorite among El Moro cyclists.
Laguna Ridge Trail is identifiable at marker post #16 on Bommer Ridge when approaching downhill and at marker post #23 on Laguna Canyon Road for uphill traffic.
For an easier ascent, it's highly recommended to ride up Willow Canyon Road to Bommer. Parking near the dog park and riding up Big Bend turns into a strenuous hike-a-bike trail, given its steep and rocky nature.
Laguna Ridge Trail offers a short but exhilarating downhill experience, ideal for cyclists who relish a good challenge. Watch out for rock obstacles and cactus encroachments in certain parts of the trail. If you're not just looking for a ride but an adventure, this trail should be on your bucket list.