Aliso Creek and Wood Canyon Loop Trail

MODERATE 322 reviews

Aliso Creek and Wood Canyon Loop Trail is a 10.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Laguna Niguel, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

10.5 miles
971 feet

kid friendly



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running





wild flowers



no dogs

Park is located on the 2000 block of Alicia Parkway.

Easily on off my favorite trails to date. From the very beginning the trail offers a beautiful scenery of the ocean and beautifully designed houses that inspire me on what I would want someday. The trails have varying ranges of difficulty and also different types of scenery. When you start off you're on a hill where you can peer down into the valley on one side or towards the ocean on the other. As you travel you the trail transitions from rocky passage, to woodland passage. Afterwards you come to following a river until you finally come to open meadows. Honestly one of the best hikes I've been on and very good is for those looking to go on an adventurous date.

1 month ago

Great views of the Pacific Ocean to the west and Orange County mountains to the east. Santiago peak. Fun hike.

2 months ago

Nice trail. Great views of Laguna and Wood Canyons. Also great payoff view from Top of the World.

4 months ago

Great variety of difficulty. Car Wreck is legit hard.

4 months ago

Started at Top of the World Entrance

West Ridge Trail > Wood Creek > Wood Creek Trail >Wood Canyon > Nature Loop > Dripping Cave > Car Wreck Trail > West Ridge

The loops on Wood Creek are great to get off the main road and under tree cover. The hike back up to Top of the World (and Car Wreck Trail) is steep with a decent incline and rocks.

5 months ago

Great moderately difficult, well maintained, walking and biking trails. We have been coming here for many years now to hike, whenever in the area. We always see many varieties of wildlife and plants. Often seeing hawks, hummingbirds, coyote, deer.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Fun trail, loose dirt. A lot of hikers but pretty courteous to bikers.

6 months ago

It was a fun trail. Got a little confusing at some parts. Definitely need some good footwear, hiking boots or shoes preferred. I wore regular Nike running shoes, and my feet not only hurt at the end of the hike, but I was sliding around the terrain in certain places. May be best with good traction shoes or boots.

6 months ago

We started from the parking lot on Awma road. Wanted to take the car wreck trail but there is a trail which also goes left about 150 feet before the car wreck trail. Be careful and don’t take that as even though it ends at the same point “ top of the world” but is v narrow and steep with lose boulders.
Enjoyed hiking here.

6 months ago

I didn’t follow the trail exactly as listed, but the route that I took was fun and exciting! Was a nice change to hike in the sun compared to the Oregon rain that I’m used to!

8 months ago

Nice evening hike 5/5

10 months ago

Trail is closed today 9/5/17 between Alicia Pkwy and Moulton Pkwy for maintenance.

11 months ago

Leg day !

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Ab Fab trails wooded and shady lots of little trails leading to top of the world

Monday, July 17, 2017

This is a great area. Many variations and was really feeling it the last couple of miles.
Took a slight variation going Mathis Canyon to the Top of the World which is a little shorter. Trail is in great shape and wide. Begins on tar and is flat until Mathis Canyon, then up, up, up. Glad i had my hiking poles. Great view at the top of the world although a little cloudy which was good as it was cooler. Ended at 9.81 miles round trip with 1100 elevation gain. Can't wait to go back and try other trails like Car Wreck.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Easy and great views!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Very fun hike! Good for leg day

Friday, June 09, 2017

DONE! ; )

Friday, June 09, 2017

It's an ass kicker going back the short cut steep hill by car wreck. If you're even in basic shape it's gonna be a tough climb, speaking after the fact. A gal on the trail was not in shape and I was worried about her when I passed her going dow, all the way down. The problem is, you've got to climb back up. Saw her on way up, sitting down all red and looked like she couldn't/ didn't want to get back up??? Geese we said we'd hope she was okay all the way back. I even kept commenting that we STILL need to saying to hubby, we have to make it back up tonight before it's dark.

trail running
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Great run. Loves the mix between paved and dirt trails. The surrounding hills were stunning.

mountain biking
Saturday, May 27, 2017

You have to do Coyote Run on your way back!!

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

First "real" hike and I loved it. Started at the Top of the World trail head (free parking and no paved paths), went down Rock-It then around to hit the peak of 5 Oaks, then back down and finally back up Lynx to the start. One helluva good climb. New favorite spot/hobby.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

I did not do the full loop but did 6 1/2 hard miles by going down rocket and up the big hill. Great hike for training. Beautiful views at almost every turn.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

good for weekend

Thursday, April 20, 2017

So many trails to choose. One full day is not enough. Have to come back again for other trails. Love the view. I don't like to go on the weekends so many bikers & some of them are so annoying

mountain biking
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Open the Aliso Creek trail to the public for access to Aliso Beach

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Really nice park

Monday, March 13, 2017

Hiking 1 week ago, Mathis Canyon and Dripping cave, beautiful view.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Great hike! Options for easy, moderate and hard hiking paths. Lots of fun things to stop off and see. Highly recommended.

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