New trail at Aliso Woods set to open August 15th

Over 30 volunteers from the Share Mountain Bike Club, 3F Bike Club and a group of boys from the local juvenile detention center in Orange County gathered today at Aliso and Wood Canyons Regional Park to work on the soon to be opened “Car Wreck” trail.

Named for the wreckage of a 1947 Volvo in the ravine it goes through, the Car Wreck trail extends the existing dead end Oak Grove trail up the canyon, connecting to the Mathis trail at the top and bottom.

Aliso Woods - Car Wreck Trail

The trail will be open for two-way traffic to mountain bikers and hikers. In comparison to other trails in the park such as Rock It and Lynx, this trail is much steeper and more rocky in some sections. The Mathis trail to Car Wreck trail loop is about 1.75 miles with about 568′ of elevation gain and loss, making this one of the steepest trail loops in the park.

Elevation Profile

To access this loop, take the Mathis trail from the Wood Canyon trail. Where the Mathis trail begins to sharply gain altitude, the Oak trail splits off to the left. The Car Wreck trail begins where the Oak trail currently ends and rejoins the Mathis trail about a half mile later near the top of the hill.

Google Earth View:

The official opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Car Wreck trail, scheduled for Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 9AM, is part of the Aliso Woods Resource Management plan. With Orange County still recovering from its bankruptcy through 2014, the cash-light OCParks system relies heavily upon volunteers to carry out their plans. Without the volunteers, none of this would be possible.

For more information, contact OCParks Public Information Officer, Marisa O’Neil at (714) 973-6870 or email: Marisa.O’

Panorama View from the Mathis Trail:

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Photos of the Mathis to Car Wreck Loop: