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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

It was a tough hike !!!!

Wow. Elevation like rocket from the get go. Awesome post

hiking
6 days ago

Loved the first 25 - 30 mins of Big Ben (if you love to jog mountains- this is for you). It’s a straight up hike to the top. Great views and moderate connecting trails that take you too emerald bay... no shade so be careful when you decide to take this hike. Have a blast and LVFT!

Great trail, not to much wild life, did the trail with my 3 kids, not too heavy, we still had energy so we went to the beach after

hiking
15 days ago

The trail here is beautiful! Parking is $3.00, so no complaints there. I took the Big Bend Loop hike, and let me tell ya... I though my fat ass was going to pass out going up that incline... But I made it! I say the first 45 minutes of the hike is the toughest since you are just going uphill, but get past that and it's a breathtaking view and a great hike. I would say it takes about 3 to 4 hours to go around. I have tiny little legs so more on the 4 hour side for me. Make sure you take lots of water and pack on that sunscreen as there isn't a lot of shade. Also, the potties are kept pretty clean, and they even have seat protectors.

The label of the trail compared to the actual trail is not entirely accurate, bomber ridge is along the ridge line and to reach it you have a couple of different trail options. My personal favorite is big bend , a nice incline which is a bit more gradual but still a good bit of work. It is very exposed so wear sunscreen & bring a hat! Especially on a hot day.

Great loop starting at Nix, up Sycamore and through Serrano. After the toll road underpass, it’s beautiful backcountry on Laurel. Stagecoach has some up and down switchbacks.
The Nix center is a great start & end. It was my first hike here and the friendly rangers mapped the route for me.

Great hike, bit of incline but other then that wonderful.

A fantastic trail right off the 133. Easy parking, $3 for the day. There’s a ranger station/visitor center right by the lot. Awesome & clean. Restrooms for use before you hit the trail. Once out in trail there’s a bit of a climb at the beginning and end but nothing too bad. The end elevation gain is probably the worse of the two. Nice view from the top once you get there.

This trail is awesome! You gain a lot of elevation in the beginning so be prepared for some serious cardio. There's a lot of elevation change with the rolling hills that span the entirety of the hike. There is a bunch to see and overall it's an amazing hike especially during May when it hasn't been too hot and the costal breeze is so refreshing. I traveled the entire 7.6 miles and man is it one hell of a work out especially with 26lbs on your back.

The views of the hike are pretty impressive and at times you forget you are smack dab in the middle of the OC. There's a good amount of scenery to look at and the costal overview is awesome!

We took a Lyft to the Big Bend trail head. There are printed maps to take as well as clear markings along the trails. We did the Big Bend to Bommer Ridge to Laguna Beach Bowl to finish right back in town (90 minutes). It was pretty much straight up in the beginning and then along the Ridge with ocean and canyon views for the middle of the hike which was beautiful scenery and then steep decline (quad burn) down to exit right by the Pageant of the Masters. We would definitely do the one way hike again.

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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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.

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.

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
3 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.

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