Aliso Summit Trail

EASY 119 reviews

Aliso Summit Trail is a 6.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Laguna Niguel, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

6.9 miles
1000 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly


mountain biking

trail running



wild flowers


This hike along the southern ridge of the Aliso and Wood Canyons Regional Park is fairly easy, with only a short moderate hill at the end. As you walk you'll find the park to your right and suburbs and homes to your left, so you don't really get an out in nature feel to the hike. At the end you get a really nice view of the ocean and Aliso Beach County Park. Plenty of room for bikers, hikers, dog walkers and runners.

11 days ago

Great hiking trail from Aliso Summit Trail all the way downhill where you can take Valido Trail just shortly before the final stretch up the Peak if you want to go down to the beach.

Doggie bags were provided near the trail entrance but unfortunately many inconsiderate dog owners are simply too lazy to pick after their pooch.

Great panoramic views all the way in many places ocean can be seen. Not too many people and no bikes which is a plus for hikers.

Really easy for the 1st 2 miles or so on a wide path except for the last 1/2 mile is a bit of an incline and Valido Trail down to the beach area is narrow and steep but not too bad.

About 1.5 hrs one way down on a leisurely pace.

11 days ago

Great trail, great views, easy trail!

26 days ago

This is a beautiful hike in Laguna Niguel. It’s not hard at all. The scenery is just gorgeous. Most of the hike you do have homes that run along the trail but they are beautiful.

1 month ago

Good for running. Flat terrain, gorgeous view of the ocean, no rocks. Plus, I don’t really like people watching me run and it wasn’t too busy.

2 months ago

We started the hike at Ridgeview & Highland (free street parking = positive). The first 1.5 miles or so stays right next to the houses (definite negative). We then had to walk on Pacific Island Dr. when the trail ended and go south to Talavera Dr. to reconnect to another trail that took us south to the summit vista of the Pacific. The view and the trail for the last mile or so is away from the houses and scenic (positive). The trail is not a loop so the trip back to where we parked included the same boring 1.5 miles (negative).

RT was 6.5 miles for us and just under 2.5 hrs.
FYI... the trail was rather busy and there were many dog owners with their dogs off leash which doesn't bother me but might bother some people. All the people we encountered were polite.

3 months ago

Trailhead closed, so started in the middle walking on the sidewalk & thru neighborhood toward the summit, then back to car and onto the ‘closed’ section. Went almost to original entrance & unclear why it was closed. Not from the area so kinda fun to see the houses on one side and the valley on the other. Glad we did it, don’t need to do it again.

3 months ago

Lovely hike at sunset

3 months ago

Boring. Unless you like looking into rich people’s back yards

4 months ago

Nice hike with great views! don't miss out!

mountain biking
7 months ago

Rather easy trail. A bit of a hassle to get to the entrance, but well worth the trip. Don’t text and bike as there are no guard rails!!!

9 months ago

Love the fairy houses

9 months ago

Great place to run!

10 months ago

Beautiful views

10 months ago

We took this trail to about the half mile point yesterday morning. The gps took us to the start of Ridgeview street, you have to either turn and take it to the end, but park before you reach the end of the street, the trail will be on your right. You can also pass Ridgeview and you will come to the street again on the right. Anyhow the trail and views were great, next time we hope to go farther.

trail running
11 months ago

This is a great little course, starting 3 miles out from the peak. A nice alternative to more highly secluded trails, especially if you're hiking early morning or late evening.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

I'm not familiar with the area, so I didn't realize you could practically drive your car up to the view. The trail is nice and well maintained, everyone is very friendly. Nice views, just not sure it's worth the 7 miles

Monday, April 10, 2017

Its a little confusing when the trail stops. Just follow the road up the hill along the grass and through the little park. You'll see the summit eventually.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Not quite the Summit I was thinking of but Aliso summit trail did have great views and a very cute and interesting fairy village someone has put together. A fun and scenic 7 miles but nothing too amazing here, unless you enjoy totaling the collective net worth of all the many hilltop Laguna mansions you pass. You definitely feel safe on the trail.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Very nice view of the ocean. Led us to a residential street and then back onto the trail. Then down a very steep hill which had a sign that said the end of the trail was closed. Didn't say when it would open again.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Awesome, easy trail with some nice views. Great for dogs and catching up with a friend!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

This trail is short, but very nice. It offers the options of an "out-and-back" or a "loop" style trail (the loop is just walking back up the road at the end). There are stunning views of the ocean at Laguna Beach and an outstanding view of Mt. Santiago (Saddleback Mountain) and the cities around it. The overall hike is very simple.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Easy hike with a nice creek!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Mostly easy trail. Took about 2 hours round trip. Great view!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Lovely views, for all levels.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The view was beautiful the entire time! It was a relatively easy hike. However, I still got decent exercise. I completed it in less than 2 hours (lots of pretty look out points!) and it can easily be done in 90 minutes. The view reminds me of Hawaii!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Nice hike, not super strenuous but nice views of the ocean and canyon. Saw a few cute puppies on the trail too. :)

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Ever nice place to pick close by my place. I'm use to walking around the lake off of la Paz and Aliso creek because its walking distance from my apartment but it was nice to get a change of scenery and was able to enjoy the view over looking the ocean. I also enjoyed looking at the houses I can't afford lol but would go back some time soon for sure ☀️

Friday, March 06, 2015

Just did the hike today. Sunny and not much shade so on hot days bring a hat. Parking is on street in residential area and there are not problems there. Nice hike with beautiful houses on the left and beautiful scenery on the right on the way up. Opposite on way back! :-) moderate uphill and level a lot of the trip. nice views of ocean and the OC. I used MapMyHike and it showed 4.98 miles out to the end (where the paved road is) and back to the parking area.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Beautiful ocean view

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

This place has amazing views of the ocean. It's a must hike.

Careful on the way back, it's further and harder than it seems.

Wear hiking clothes and shoes you don't mind getting dirty.

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