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More like a 6.5 mile hike. Lots of uphill at the beginning and end. Travelled counter clockwise which I suggest as there are a lot of loose rocks at the beginning. Happy hiking!

The lizard tail trail is a small segment of the hike shown.

There's a lovely incline at the beginning and not much shade through the rest of the trail. So many wildlife to see in the spring time! Careful for snakes though, almost tripped over one on the trail!

If you're looking for the cave it's going to be closer to the south end of lizard trail. If heading north, it's going to be on the left hand side. Be on the look out for the perforated side of the mountain.

hiking
15 days ago

Nice calf burner for the first 30 minutes or so (clockwise) but worth it for the views at the top. Willow is a nice meandering descent along the side of a canyon. Saw a cactus wren, which was a bonus!

hiking
15 days ago

Nice calf burner for the first 30 minutes or so (clockwise) but worth it for the views at the top. Willow is a nice meandering descent along the side of a canyon. Saw a cactus wren, which was a bonus!

hiking
15 days ago

Thanks

The best way, IMO, to do this trail is to start at blackjack (you’d be ascending the trail, rather than descending), and then take the ridge line trail and edison trail to the lake, then looping back via lake trail to the lot.

The view is nice (though you are right up against some houses), the climb up blackjack was a good workout , and there wasn’t a lot of foot-traffic.

Also, be aware of where you park, we initially stopped at Nix nature center (where apple maps took us), but you actually want to continue further south to the next lot (if you want to start at blackjack)

hiking
22 days ago

Great hike. Amazing views. The trail at the beginning goes down so coming back..... Your going up. But we did 5.5 miles and it wonderful. Lots of beetles, rabbits and road runners. Park by the soccer field and walk up to the trail.

Nice hike combining three trails. We saw lots of ground squirrels, lizards, and hummingbirds and had a garter snake cross the trail in front of us.

Great hike!

We started at Nix Nature Center and walked through the underpass to this trail. The views from the Ridgeline trail were amazing.

Good first hike in Laguna. Nice views.

Lake was beautiful. Love that we could improvise the "inner loop" of this network. The descent at the end is made harder by the relatively poor state of the trail; especially after a recent few days of rain.

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

Did the loop of 3.9 miles. We went by Barbara’s Lake first which was nice scenery . The majority of the hike was pretty tame but we ended on a descent that could be described as moderate. Nice little trek for a Saturday morning and not overly trafficked.

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
3 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
3 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.

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.

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