The first time a buddy took me mountain biking, it was at Peter’s Canyon. It is truly one of the best places to get a taste of the sport because it has a little bit of everything. There are nice, scenic trails to spin through. It has both small and steep climbs, but nothing extensive. There are a few fast descents, rolling ridges, and the entire loop is approximately 6 miles. To this day, whenever I introduce someone new to the sport, Peters Canyon is the choice trail. However, riders of all levels will enjoy this trail because you can blast your way through it, climb “big red” without bonking out, or add nearby Santiago Oaks if you want to extend your ride. One disclosure about Peter’s Canyon is that it is extremely popular among hikers, runners, and bikers so be careful as you traverse your way around this loop.
Although it’s an urban trail, the Fullerton Loop is one of our favorite places to ride. It provides enough climbing and downhill activity, and is a great after work ride. The whole loop is about 11 miles and takes you through various parks in the city, as well as a jaunt along a golf course. It’s a trail that is popular amongst joggers, hikers, bikers and equestrians, so be mindful when riding this loop.