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Aliso Summit Trail

EASY 215 reviews

Aliso Summit Trail is a 8.8 mile moderately 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: 8.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,197 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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.

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bugs
private property
4 days ago

This trail is directly behind houses of some of the wealthiest people in Orange County. You are on a flat trail that goes one way and the whole time these people were sitting outside watching everyone walking by. The original location it takes you in maps is to a private community, the gate guard must get people all the time as he directed us to a right on Pacific Park Drive. The view was rather pretty with the ocean on one side between the beautiful hills and the big snow capped mountains on the other. However there were a bee nest that fell over about half way through the trail and tons of flies due to over full garbage cans. Sure the neighborhood is beautiful but I do not consider this a “hike” by any means. Just a long walk.

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private property
10 days ago

great expansive views but you are pretty much walking in people's backyards. One trail head starts in a private gated community

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15 days ago

Awesome trail to run with your dog on. No water, so pack your own.

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19 days ago

Awesome trail, great views.

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no shade
2 months ago

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bugs
no shade
2 months ago

Fun trail. Like other reviews say, the trail is certainly harder than it looks- I just finished a much longer hike with more elevation gain last weekend with no issues, and this one kicked my butt on the way back from the peak. Lots of flies today, but can’t beat the views.

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7 months ago

Not only did I get to see the ocean view, but I also got to see many other cities in the east of Laguna Niguel. Both views were pretty! However, you will have to walk on a street called Pacific Island Drive for a little bit.

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7 months ago

Bulk of trail has decent views, but is fairly boring. Really nice view of the coast at the end.

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no shade
8 months ago

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no shade
9 months ago

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9 months ago

Great views! Easy walk or run. Great for family and pets.

9 months ago

Great views of the valley and then the ocean. Fun also to see the back sides of lots of beautiful houses. Busy on a Saturday, but wide enough trail and not so busy to be a negative.

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10 months ago

Super easy and family friendly. Lots of dogs too.

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10 months ago

Small trail but it was fun. I love the elevation!

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Sun Jan 20 2019

Pretty easy trail. The cons, you know and feel you are in a neighborhood. People walking dogs off leash. Pros, views, views, views.

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Sun Jan 13 2019

A beautiful and easy hike. May come here again and again. It’s such a pleasure to have a walk up the hills and enjoy the views.

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Mon Jun 04 2018

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

Sat Jun 02 2018

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.

Mon May 28 2018

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

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Mon May 28 2018

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.

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Mon May 28 2018

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!

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Sun May 13 2018

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.

Sun May 13 2018

Great trail, great views, easy trail!

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Sat Apr 28 2018

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.

Wed Apr 04 2018

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.

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Fri Feb 23 2018

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.

Thu Feb 22 2018

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.

Fri Feb 02 2018

Lovely hike at sunset

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