Looking for a great trail in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, California? AllTrails has 34 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 25 moderate trails in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park ranging from 1.9 to 14.8 miles and from 49 to 1,026 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Laguna Coast Wilderness Park lies within some of the last remaining coastal canyons in Southern California. Forty miles of trails lead the visitor through oak and sycamore woodlands and up onto ridges with expansive scenic vistas. Rocky bluffs tower above the canyon trails. Visitors to Laguna Coast Wilderness Park can see California as it has existed for thousands of years. The Coastal Sage Scrub community covers hilltops and slopes, along with patches of Native Valley Grassland and Maritime Chaparral. In the canyons visitors can find riparian habitats lined by Willow, Oak, and Sycamore trees. After a plentiful winter rain, the ephemeral streams spring to life. In the summer, you can easily pass through the seasonally dry creek beds. The park is part of the Natural Community Conservation Planning program, which is designed to protect rare and endangered species, from California Gnatcatcher to Orange-Throated Whiptail, by preserving large tracts of Orange County. Hours: 7 a.m. to sunset

Great short trial. Not a beginners trail just due to some inclines and deciding area but still very easy. Mostly flat

Amazing hiking spot. Super hilly. Great views. No shade. Wear sunscreen and bring water

saw iguana, did loop

First time. Preferred this direction as I didn’t expect so many bikers.

hiking
bugs
rocky
13 days ago

hit this trail on saturday morning with a nice marine layer to begin the 5.5 mile loop. the first mile and half you encounter a warm up hike with around 400ft of elevation. it gets the heart pumping and the blood flowing for the bigger ascension within the next mile. as you reach the flat part of stage coach south trail that connects to camarillo you are greeted with tall grass on both sides. you can only see the trail in front of you as wonder what lives in these fields. camarillo is a fun yet exerting 800+ ft climb, make sure you stop from time to time and enjoy the view back to the 133. its rocky in some areas so be careful. once you reach serrano ridge you are almost at the summit, just another hundred ft or so before you can start the decent for the rest of your hike. upper laurel and laurel canyon provide some canopy but definitely the best views as you wind down back to the staging area. make sure you take a pic of the "emoji" rock on your way back, listen for the bees and you'll know you're close. a fun hike with great views.

Wow it was so steep! But I’m definitely coming back to run loops of this trail when I trail for my next ultra marathon!

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no shade
19 days ago

First time there.only did half.got to hot. Love the cool rocks.im a nature photographer. Will go back start from Laura Canyon trail. Next time.

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bugs
no shade
19 days ago

Little buggy and definitely hot but lovely! Definitely will do again

Very nice trail, not a lot traffic if you start early. Note that NIX parking opens at 8 am. It was a moderate trail with no shade. Intial climb was a bit tough. Lot of rattlesnakes on the way down via stagecoach trail, you can hear the noise as you pass by. Be careful and watch your step.

First came here last fall and need to come back. Despite being so close to the highway it feels like complete wilderness. Big Sycamores in bright orange autumn foliage were beautiful to look at. Falls were also flowing generously at that time. Very shady. There is also a large boulder that looks like a face with its tongue sticking out.

This was a great hike with some decent elevation enough to get your heart racing. Beautiful views and there’s parking which is a plus. The parking was $3 but someone purchased it early and left it for the next customer because it’s valid until 5pm. I did the same so it’s just a way to pay it forward so keep an eye out :)

Terrific!

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no shade
28 days ago

I would not recommend this trail in the summer. Many steep inclines with no shade. The beginning of the trail is through a neighborhood. There are some pretty views of the ocean.

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bugs
rocky
scramble
29 days ago

This trail is NOT what I consider Easy. There are several steep, rocky, technical climbs and descents in the first mile. You cannot push someone in a wheelchair over up or down these rocks and ruts. After 1.5 miles or so it eases up, but I’d don’t really think it should be categorized As easy if you can’t take someone who is frail Or unfit on it. Even when you get to the fire road, it gets Steep. It is not flat and easy. Beware of several water crossing sections that are slippery With sand and loose rocks

Cool trail, Saw tons of bunnies, 1 coyote, and 1 snake.

Very beautiful area. Too many mountain bikers, not enough hikers. Careful on Old Emerald Trail - it's single track and there's a ton of vegetation, you might get killed by a mountain bike there. Only 2 came down when I was going up and one of them actually stopped for me. Never felt threatened by any bikers and they were decently respectful of me. Saw only one other serious hiker that actually did a trail. I saw a lot of bunnies, many different types of birds and native plants. The invasive black mustard has not affected these trails as badly as it did over in Crystal Cove, which is nice. It reminds me of what Crystal Cove's trails used to be like before the mustard took it over. Such a beautiful wilderness area. Beware, there is no shade and it's hot once you walk away from the ocean. You're only in the shady canyon for about 10 minutes and then it's back up to the sun.

Pretty trail with some shade although mostly open. We went counter clockwise starting at the parking lot. 1st mile and a half was steep. Trail is wide in some areas and open to the cliff below, narrow and enclosed with vegetation in others. There should be a stream about mid way but it was dried up. Saw some nice flowers, a huge stunning yellow patch towards the end! We saw a snake towards the end but not sure if it was a rattler. Nice trail overall.

fun easy trail, just how i like them. can complete the loop in about an hour. if you're looking to get some fresh air and a little exercise, this is the perfect hike.

Great trail. Saw a rattlesnake so be careful. Got swarmed by flies and need to remember bug repellent. Slipped on a rocky decline and hurt my elbow but more do to bad shoes. The flower field near the end / beginning depending on how you started is overgrown and swarming with happy bees. I’m terrified of bees so almost went back the way I came (all 5ish miles) to avoid them especially since there was no avoiding them but I pushed on. Overall it was really enjoyable and fun. I’d do it again.

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