Boat Road to Bommer Ridge and Emerald Canyon Loop Trail

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Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Boat Road to Bommer Ridge and Emerald Canyon Loop Trail is a 13.2 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Laguna Beach, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 13.2 km Elevation Gain: 497 m Route Type: Loop

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

no dogs

hiking
2 months ago

Always a great hike and great views!

a challenging hike with great ocean views.

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

Go at sunset. Beautiful.

hiking
6 months ago

Great views and friendly people

hiking
9 months ago

Great views.

hiking
no shade
10 months ago

Very beautiful area. Too many mountain bikers, not enough hikers. Careful on Old Emerald Trail - it's single track and there's a ton of vegetation, you might get killed by a mountain bike there. Only 2 came down when I was going up and one of them actually stopped for me. Never felt threatened by any bikers and they were decently respectful of me. Saw only one other serious hiker that actually did a trail. I saw a lot of bunnies, many different types of birds and native plants. The invasive black mustard has not affected these trails as badly as it did over in Crystal Cove, which is nice. It reminds me of what Crystal Cove's trails used to be like before the mustard took it over. Such a beautiful wilderness area. Beware, there is no shade and it's hot once you walk away from the ocean. You're only in the shady canyon for about 10 minutes and then it's back up to the sun.

Sun Oct 07 2018

Pretty good trails with beautiful view. Love it.

Wed Jun 13 2018

Great trail, not to much wild life, did the trail with my 3 kids, not too heavy, we still had energy so we went to the beach after

hiking
Fri Apr 20 2018

Greaaaaat!

Sun Jan 28 2018

It was a great workout!! Uncovered trail so wear appropriate protective clothes. Gained great elevation with pretty steep hills.

hiking
Thu Aug 10 2017

Great Vistas of canyons and Pacific Ocean. Desert trail recommend floppy hat and lots of sunscreen. Up and down topography makes for a good hike.

running
Tue May 23 2017

Great trail. The 2nd climb at Old Emerald Canyon was a killer. Completed the run in 1:46.18.

hiking
Thu Apr 06 2017

It was fairly easy. There were a couple of super steep hill but for the most part manageable. You can get several nice views of the ocean but for the most part you're in the environment.

Sat Mar 18 2017

LOVED this hike. Awesome view, parking in residential area is easy, not too difficult. It wasn't packed but there were a couple people on a Saturday. Very enjoyable.

hiking
Sat Feb 04 2017

Good 8-mile hike, lots of mountain bikes on Saturday.

hiking
Sun Jan 08 2017

Overall a great experience. Ocean views for the majority of the hike. No trees, though, so it is quite sunny and hot the entire time. The trails intersect and are a little confusing to follow, but regardless of the trails you take you get a similar experience. Slightly busy but not too bad. It is as hilly as described-there are more than a couple of steep inclines. A great way to spend the morning.

hiking
Thu Feb 18 2016

Super easy one to do. You can park in the residential neighborhood and enter through the fire road entrance. You will go uphill for about the first 1/2 mile but it is easy and kids can do it.

hiking
Fri Aug 06 2010

Saturday morning we went looking for the trailhead to Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. It was easy enough to find, North PCH in Laguna Beach, turn towards the hills on San Joaquin Street, go to Hill Crest Drive, turn right then a quick left on Dartmoor Street and at the end of Dartmoon is the trailhead. You take Spur Ridge uphill for about 3⁄4s of a mile, then youre at the top. Stay to your right and the trail turns into Boat Canyon. This is a nice trail, up and down some hills but nothing too hard. After you hike Boat Canyon for a few miles youll run into Bommer Ridge. Make a left and hike Bommer for about 3 miles and you'll first see Old Emerald Canyon, hike pass this trailhead and about another mile you will hit Emerald Canyon, there you will make a left. Now looking at the map it looked like you could walk through Emerald Bay to PCH. Emerald Bay is a gated community, so I was a little confused on if we could walk through or not. Once we got down to the canyon floor and into the oak grove there was a sign that said there was no exit. There is where the Old Emerald Canyon trailhead was so we started up that trail heading back to Bommer. The Old Emerald Canyon trail is a single path trial. Luckily, On this trail, we didnt run into any mountain bikers. If we had we would of had to hop into the brush pretty quick. All the other trails on this hike were pretty wide, and mountain bikers and hikers could easily share those trails. One thing I havent mentioned yet, is that we started around 9:00 in the morning and the marine layer was pretty thick. We had been hiking for a few hours and the marine layer was still sticking around, it wasnt towards the end of our hike the sun eventually came out. After a good long uphill on Old Emerald Canyon we made it back on to Bommer and head back to Boat Canyon. The views there are actually pretty amazing. I love the ocean and the hills and got to see a lot of both all day long. We really didnt run into any wildlife on this hike, but it was nice to hike on some trails we havent been on before. We were about to head down Spur Ridge to the car when we decided to go to Guna Peak to have a look. Its really nice at Guna Peak and there are benches where people can have a seat and just take in the view of Laguna and the ocean. Its really nice.

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