Explore the most popular no dogs trails in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We went there on a weekend and were surprised to find out that parking across the street from the entrance was free! The first part of the hike was a little hard for me, beginner hiker, but not impossible! The views as you get to the top are breathtaking as you get to see the beach waves adjacent to the hills. It was also interesting to see the houses lining the top of the hills as you climbed. I’d definitely go again, especially with family or friends out of state as there are plenty of restaurants when you get back down from the hike at the beach.

Good first hike in Laguna. Nice views.

At least moderately difficult. Very steep first quarter mile or so

hiking
2 months ago

nice hike with no real shaded areas but nice views but a nice cool ocean breeze, and depending on which way you go you can start with steep incline or end with a steep decline, the only issue i had was out of the 30+ bike riders only 2 gave any kind of warning that they were coming/passing and once i was barley able to pulled my niece out of the way and we were already walking on the right edge of the path

We hiked here this morning and had an enjoyable time. We got started at 8 am and it was already bright and hot and felt like a summer day. The sign at the parking gate says they open at 8, but maybe since there was a line of cars waiting they opened up early at 7:45.

Parking is $3 but some losers vandalized/burglarized the kiosk so the rangers didn't have us pay, we just had to sign in. The helpful, energetic, knowledgeable female ranger working at the Nix nature center asked us how long of a hike that we wanted to do and mapped it out for us and gave us a lot of helpful info. that was appreciated. Great 1st impression.

We did Little Sycamore to Serrano Ridge to Camarillo Canyon to Stagecoach South back to the center and then we went under the 133 to see Barbara's Lake. The trail started off with incline but it wasn't too overwhelming. It is rather flat on Serrano Ridge and then some up and down the rest of the way. There are some nice views and greener and more colorful than we expected. The ranger told us that the lake is the only natural lake in Orange County...pretty cool!

The trails are well-marked and with the map it is easy to get around. There are people hiking/running and mountain biking but it never feels crowded. We did about 6 miles and it was a good workout that took about 2.5 hours.

Nice trail, some sections wide some single track. decent views of Irvine at the top.

We did Willow Trail first then headed down Laurel Canyon Trail. Willow Trail is not shaded and all uphill going this direction, so it was pretty difficult for me. I was feeling very out of breath when we made it to the top. Laurel Canyon down was shaded and very beautiful. Definitely enjoyed the second part of the hike more.

The parking lot at Willow was full when we arrived so we had to park at the next one down and hike up to the trailhead. Added maybe another mile to our hike.

Beautiful views towards the ocean. Very exposed so bring lots of water.

hiking
2 months ago

Great Trail. We started with Willow Trail and came back with Laurel Canyon Trail. Laurel Canyon seemed to be more difficult than Willow.

hiking
2 months ago

Intense peak initially with an amazing view. Will certainly come back more often!!

It was a great workout!! Uncovered trail so wear appropriate protective clothes. Gained great elevation with pretty steep hills.

No biking allowed on this trail.

This is a beautiful trail. Would recommend!

We were visiting the area and had a couple of hours to do this hike. There are some steep rocky inclines but the views along the way and especially along the top were worth it! Wear good shoes and bring water.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike if you take Laguna up to the ridge and take Willow down on the north side. Be careful of the dirt bikers!!! Two young teenager boys came barreling down Laguna and shoved me aside on the very steep and narrow trail, no bells, no warning. I fell and the two jerks just kept on going, thank God I didn’t break any bones. They need to monitor these guys who have no trail etiquette and cause accidents because they just want to barrel down the hill. Other than that, the day was gorgeous, chilly air, strong winds, clear sky, brilliant views of the Pacific to the West and the San Gabriels to the Northeast.

I enjoyed this hike. It was much more challenging than I thought it was going to be with all the hills. The first quarter of a mile was all uphill with many ups and downs the rest of the way.

The trail hardly had any hikers or bikers on it which was also a plus. Parking is $3 at the lot across the street.

Lots of cool birds for my friend. Not very much shade for me.

Very easy hike, nice trail to run on. Bring lots of water because theirs is NO shade.

Part of this trial is more difficult than moderate! Especially if you are out of shape! Start South to make harder part right off the bat. Easier on the back end. Pretty trial. Narrow in the beginning as you go up hill.

Enjoyable hike to start the new year. Plenty of up and down areas but nothing crazy.

This would be a great route to run.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail leads to nothing. I thought it would lead to the dome like rock as seen in the pictures, but it dosen’t. Has average views here and there, but lots of people and the sound of the freeway is present too.

LIKE AN UPSIDE-DOWN MOUNTAIN, CHALLENGING AND A GOOD WORKOUT

I’m surprised that there are not more reviews. Maybe it is because you have to pay for parking, and that keeps the crowds away. We were there yesterday on a very clear day and the views were unbelievable. We could see Catalina and all the way to Palos Verdes

trail running
4 months ago

Cute open space with a lot of fire road. There is some sections of single track with about 30% of rocky technical parts. Not much shade but great trail overall. Much of it is maintained. I enjoy this little loop.

Good canyon single track, no bikes on most of it. Waterfall was dry. Lovely rock and cave formations off limits.

4 months ago

Great hike, good for a run with lots of paths to take. Keep an eye out for rattle snakes where the brush is a bit over grown.

hiking
5 months ago

Fun hiking trail with a great view of Catalina on clear days. Lots of Mountain Bikers so stay alert and it won't be a problem.

I really liked it, extreme heat and all. My wife did not.

Perfect distance and challenging at the same time!

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