Aliso Summit Trail

EASY 127 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.

DISTANCE
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,000 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Great views, but double-back instead of looping on Pacific.

2 months ago

This is a nice walk, not a hike. Wide trail but a steep drop on one side so keep kids close. Houses on one side and the canyon with ocean views on the other.

2 months ago

Watch out for the targeting doves they will poop on you !!!!!

hiking
2 months ago

It's a decent walk but wouldn't consider much of a hike. On one side you have a beautiful view of the canyon and ocean but on the other side are houses. Also the fairy houses are no longer on this trail. Once you reach the end of this path it ends on a street but take a right and continue up the hill to the first street you can make a right on. you will see a nice little area to rest but continue further to Sea View park where you can see a large panorama view of the ocean. Please note there are NO bathrooms on this path. Plenty of foot traffic but not to busy when we went. It's was a nice outing fun for a one time but probably won't do this one again.

hiking
2 months ago

We parked on Ridgeview and started at the trailhead on Highlands. The first 3/4 of the trail is uphill and can be a little rough for those who are just getting in to hiking or are a little out of shape. I know I caught myself needing to catch a breather! The rest of the trail is easy and it is wide to accommodate walking and cycling in both directions. The trail ended at pacific island drive. We turned right and continued up to Talavera Dr turned right and continued a little way to a park that had a few benches where we ate lunch and enjoyed the ocean view. We then continued up Talavera Dr to Seaview Park where we followed the dirt path to its end and were met with a full panoramic ocean view. If you are heading to the Aliso Summit Trail to see the fairy villages.... they are no longer there. As of August 2017 the fairies went back to Ireland lol!

hiking
3 months 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.

3 months ago

Great trail, great views, easy trail!

hiking
3 months 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.

4 months 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.

hiking
5 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.

5 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.

6 months ago

Lovely hike at sunset

6 months ago

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

7 months ago

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

mountain biking
10 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!!!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Love the fairy houses

Monday, July 24, 2017

Great place to run!

hiking
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Beautiful views

hiking
Monday, June 26, 2017

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
Monday, May 29, 2017

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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

walking
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!

hiking
Sunday, February 21, 2016

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

walking
Friday, January 15, 2016

Lovely views, for all levels.

hiking
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!

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