First Legitimate Rider Down the Mentally Sensitive Trail at Aliso Woods – Mark Warrick

Although I wasn’t the first person to ride the now legal Mentally Sensitive trail at Aliso and Wood Canyons Regional Park, I was the first person who showed up at 9AM on Sunday, October 16th, 2011 at the top of it, the exact day and time that it officially opened. I was expecting some sort of ribbon cutting like they did when we worked on the Car Wreck Trail. Instead, just a handful of people were there. I mentioned that I had worked on the trail to the guys waiting there contemplating going down this new trail. I guess in response, they were nice enough to let me try it first.

Starting at an elevation of 842 feet, this trail drops straight down a ridge line to an elevation of 95 feet within just 0.70 miles. The twists, turns, and drops are great. Although I would still call this a somewhat advanced trail, it is amazingly rideable, especially compared to other difficult trails at the park like Car Wreck and Rockit. I took a lot of photos on the way down my first time, so my trip was pretty long. But I can imagine people getting down this trail in 5-10 minutes, no problem.

Getting to the trail is part of the payoff: the fastest way there is to climb up the Meadows Trail and take a left at the top. You’ll find a dirt path the runs parallel to the road which takes you straight to the top of the Mentally Sensitive trail in about one mile.

Thinking about going UP this trail? Think again. In fact, I’d LOVE to see a pro-level rider make it all the way up. Personally, I think it’s impossible to ride up the trail without stopping, dabbing and walking some sections.


Mark Warrick
3F Bike Club

Photos of the Mentally Sensitive Trail – Opening Day

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Photos of Our Trail Work day on the Mentally Sensitive Trail

My whole ride for the day: