Dripping Cave Hollow Oak Trail is a 7.5 mile lightly trafficked loop 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.
Beautiful, easy trail. Mostly flat. Mostly exposed. Once you get to the Dripping Cave Trail, you'll find one of the prettiest spots in Aliso & Wood Canyons. Stop at the cave and read the story! It's fascinating. Lots of rabbits, quail and deer in the area. Bring sunscreen in the summer, there is limited shade.
If you want to feel like you're getting away this is not it. Houses surround you. This is outdoor exercise on a well beaten path. Dripping Cave is cool but 1 1/2 miles of walking on an asphalt road? Not cool.
We went around 3:00 pm and not many people were there. It was $3.00 for parking. Found a spot right away in the shade. It was a nice hike. No water at Dripping Cave right now. Lots of bikers. Very nice hike. :)
Dripping Cave was nice, a great place to take pictures.
There are so many trails you can pick from on this hike. I did see some strollers on the main trail. School age Kids will do fine.
Not to difficult, if you have good endurance you will be fine.
Take at least 2, 16 oz waters
Some poised oak, just stay on the trails and you will be fine
Many bikers on this hike.
Parking sucks, residential area.
Lots of fun!!! Beautiful views.
very easy walk to the cave, not much elevation! Go there around 3pm to avoid crowds.. partially shaded! Beautiful wild flowers blooming last Saturday (3/25/17)
I agree with other reviewers. Definitely loved the trail and views but the bikers are very frustrating and we will probably not go back for this reason. Also $3 to park and lot was full by 10 am.
Trail is beautiful and relatively easy, but there are a few times I thought I was going to get hit by a biker popping around corners at high speeds. You walk by an abandoned ranch, lots of beautiful, lush scenery. The journey to the cave is more exciting than the cave itself.
Trail is long, but not too difficult. The mountain bikers are ridiculously dangerous to walkers. They think if they ring their little bell you need to immediately jump off the trail for them. It should not be our risk to constantly look behind us to cater to their speeding on the trail. We stuck to the proper side of the trail coming up and down. Caves were great! Would not do again only because of the bike situation.
It was a very nice, very long hike! We came across a few rattlesnakes!