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Dripping Cave Hollow Oak Trail is a 7.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Laguna Niguel, 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: 7.5 miles Elevation Gain: 974 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Partial Closure: Dripping Cave is currently closed due to fire damage. For more information, please see http://www.ocparks.com/parks/aliso 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.

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muddy
18 days ago

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no shade
1 month ago

The actual parking lot is on Awma off Alicia Parkway. For some reason, my apple maps brought me to a residence off the 133, which must be the backside. If you are using GPS, use the Awma address. The beginning of this is road but once you get the trails, you can break off to do quite a few trails. Dripping Cave is closed but there are still plenty of hiking options available. (My recording is off because my phone kept shutting off. My friend's phone stayed on, it was actually 8.9 miles for the route we ended up on.) Parking is $3 weekday/$5 weekends (cards accepted) but you can also use a Regional Park Pass if you have one. ($55 a year, worth it if you go often.)

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bugs
fee
1 month ago

This is a pretty easy hike if you stay on the main trail. I went up the the car wreck which was pretty weird and cool to see. There are flies everywhere the whole hike though which is pretty annoying. If you are on this trail with little ones whether walking or biking be careful as cyclists rip up and down these trails going extremely fast. I give it a 4 star because the flies and the Port-a-potty at the start of the hike off the pavement is the nastiest port-a-potty I have ever seen!

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fee
2 months ago

This was such a fun hike! We did a few extra things while we were there as well so that helped add on some mileage. The first 1.4 miles is on paved road but then the fun begins! Cave rock, dripping cave, car wreck and Mathis were great. For the most part it was a pretty flat hike. We chose to go up car wreck and down Mathis. I thought this was the better choice as taking the steeper way down would not have been as easy. We took our time, brought plenty of water and some snacks. We also found another unmarked cave that was extremely fun to explore! My boyfriend is a VERY new hiker and while he found parts of it challenging he really enjoyed it. Just take your time on the steep parts.

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bugs
no shade
rocky
6 months ago

Mostly flat. Caves. Fire damage. Workout incline

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bugs
closed
no shade
rocky
6 months ago

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no shade
scramble
7 months ago

Recommend counter clockwise path as it saves you a steeper climb up the rock scrambles of Car Wreck. Bring lots of water during the summer. Dehydration is a serious threat here.

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closed
10 months ago

Partial trail closure at Dripping Cave. Doing an out and back to the cave makes this an 8.15 mile hike. Good times.

hiking
11 months ago

lol this app is trash. we walked 8 miles, not 57.

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Wed Apr 03 2019

The last .4 miles to Dripping Cave is closed due to fire damage. This was a family friendly hike. With all the resent rain the scenery was beautiful and green. Wide pathways. Lots of birds, lizards, a few deer and one snake. So be aware and enjoy.

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Wed Jan 09 2019

The burnt trees still remains, Dripping Cave trail closed. Winter time is good for me to hike this area because of the cool weather.

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Sat Nov 24 2018

Even with the dripping cave trail being closed, you have so many other trails to help that other .4 miles you are missing. Me and a friend ended up getting even more miles in which is even better! Best time to hike in this area is definitely during fall times. The leaves were so crunchy to walk around and I loved it.

Mon Nov 12 2018

11/11/18 Short trail to Dripping Cave is currently closed. Saw lots of deer, coyotes, and different birds.

Mon Sep 24 2018

Is a nice hike, but you need to watch for bikers

Sat Sep 15 2018

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Sun Aug 12 2018

Nice easy trail to follow.....TRAIL closed when you reach the turn to go to the dripping cave due to regrowth from fire. So unable to finish the last .4 miles. Tons of rabbits and a nice cool creek to splash your face if you get hot

Sun May 27 2018

Enjoyable, easy walk with great views.

Sat Apr 21 2018

Great Hike

walking
Thu Mar 29 2018

Perfect for getting into reality with a toddler and a stroller. Mellow, beautiful, relaxing. Kiddo loves the bunnies and duckies at dusk. Coming back for the cave...

walking
Mon Mar 26 2018

This is a great place for bringing family to do leisurely walks or biking. Beautiful views, especially as sunset approaches. Paved road located in center of this valley for biking/jogging/walking with houses scattered all along the tops of the hills. More of a weekend location to take the kids for leisurely fun than for hiking.

Sat Mar 17 2018

What a great trail! Great views!

Tue Feb 20 2018

Awesome near dusk. Lots of deer and great for all ages of our kiddos .

walking
Thu Feb 01 2018

It takes 1.5 walking in a concrete road to actually get in the trail. Lots of mountain bikes.

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