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Badlands Park and South Laguna Coast

EASY 109 reviews

Badlands Park and South Laguna Coast is a 2.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Laguna Niguel, California that offers scenic views 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 but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.3 miles Elevation Gain: 219 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

partially paved

views

hiking
no shade
washed out
12 days ago

hiking
no shade
22 days ago

2020 New Years Day hike! Can either go left around the cliff and back of houses or right that’s a little more secluded. Lots of people for New Years and many dogs!

Pretty easy hike, with gorgeous views! There isn’t any shade once you get started but it’s not too bad! We took our pups and had a great time!

hiking
1 month ago

Great views. Will be back again.

Found my all time favorite trail in this area. It is in the top of the hills on in coastal OC so it is a residential area, not in the middle of nowhere. However, as soon as you get on the dirt, you forget about all that. The views are unmatched. It's not a long trail but you can extend it by going down the little residential road on the side of hills. Got some decent inclines towards and on the road, which also has spectacular views. Lots of wildlife too, including roadrunners. Drop what you're doing, and get up here. You won't beat the scenery. But dont tell anyone else about it, don't want it to get crowded :-D

walking
2 months ago

Great view but not really a trail. Its part dirt, part access-type road. You can walk about 50 yards and see the view in all directions.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

Dommage que les chiens de certaines personnes ne soient pas tenus en laisse Je me suis faite attaquée et la personne une femme ne méprisait absolument pas son animal J’ai eu très très peur

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Nice fairly mellow walk with gorgeous views. Super easy parking right outside gates to the gated community lead you to the stairs of Badlands Park. Then you choose to turn right or left, come back and continue the other way. Went on a gorgeous weekend morning and only ran into 10 other people the whole time. The complete trail took us approximately 1.5 hours.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful ocean view. Easy Trail.

hiking
no shade
7 months ago

Kid and dog friendly hike/walk with beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. Trail is very close to houses though.

hiking
no shade
private property
7 months ago

Easy and relaxing trail. Beautiful views. Good for beginners.

Very residential but also very beautiful.

Nice open trail. Great views both east and west.

hiking
muddy
10 months ago

hiking
Mon Jan 21 2019

This is a great trail. Got some great pictures, and a beautiful ocean view, and Laguna Beach.

walking
Sun Jan 06 2019

Fri Dec 28 2018

With 2 dogs, this is a beautiful flat stroll, you can make it more challenging by going left/south on the trail. Amazing views, not crowded at all which is hard to find anywhere with views:) highly recommend. Park on street, walk up the entrance and enjoy!

Thu Oct 25 2018

More of a nature walk than anything. It is on the edge of a neighborhood and you can walk up Pacific drive to access the park. Goes up to the edge with ocean views. Well maintained and great viewpoint for ocean pictures.

hiking
Sat Sep 01 2018

walking
Sat Aug 04 2018

No hiking gear necessary except for maybe some water. This is really more of a running trail for locals but in our hot California summers, the ocean breeze and views are stellar. No shade, so bring a hat and sunscreen. It’s easy and flat, perfect for a before lunch walk. Recommended for all ages who enjoy the urban outdoors. This is a highly populated upscale area so the relative seclusion, even on a weekend, was a plus.

Sat Dec 30 2017

Beautiful! Goes right along the ocean with sharp cliffs. Exactly what I was looking for with the dogs. Wasn't too busy on a holiday weekend either

hiking
Wed Nov 15 2017

Beautiful views.

hiking
Thu Aug 31 2017

It is in a guarded gate community. You can park outside and ask to go to the badlands trail and they will let you in. I was the only one on the trail the day I went. It is easy and beautiful.

Thu Jun 08 2017

was alot of fun... the houses were great also

Tue May 30 2017

nice I loved how simple and easy going. and a beautiful view

walking
Tue May 03 2016

This is not really a trail. It's a neighborhood walk ... with good views of the ocean visible behind some beautiful multi-million dollar homes. The trail to the left is shorter and well defined. The trail to the right merges into another neighborhood and if you proceed along the paved drive, different views of the ocean are available. Those trails are quite steep -- down then up -- but offer easy footing. Even as far up from the ocean as we were, the sounds of traffic on the Pacific Coast Highway were almost overwhelming.

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