Laurel Canyon, Laurel Spur, Willow Trail Loop

MODERATE 208 reviews

Laurel Canyon, Laurel Spur, Willow Trail Loop is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Aliso Viejo, 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
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
603 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Note: Mountain bikes are not allowed on Laurel Trail past the Stagecoach Trail cutoff.

3 months ago

1.5 Miles up then 1.5 back down. Definitely grab a map at the trail head before adventuring. You can modify by making hike longer by including the willow trail. Some shade provided. Bring plenty of water. Great views. Watch out for bikers.

trail running
4 months ago

This trail is maintained & rewarding. All uphill at first but once you reach the top, the trail starts to wind down. So much around to see & explore but also great for running. The run is challenging but as soon as you make the run around into the smaller trails, that’s the exciting part. The trail closes in between trees & a dried up river bed. The trail markers let you know the distance so you don’t get lost.
Constant views and open area so wear sunscreen.

5 months ago

Awesome trail. Ended up taking it to the emerald trail totaling about 10 miles. Great hike, cool secluded place in Laguna Canyon.

hiking
6 months ago

The label of the trail compared to the actual trail is not entirely accurate, bomber ridge is along the ridge line and to reach it you have a couple of different trail options. My personal favorite is big bend , a nice incline which is a bit more gradual but still a good bit of work. It is very exposed so wear sunscreen & bring a hat! Especially on a hot day.

8 months ago

it is a very refreshing hike. we started by 7 AM. it's steep at the start but gets easier as you go. The address on Google takes you little farther. so I recommend using directions from all trails.

8 months ago

Great hike and views. We took Willow up and Laurel Canyon trail back down. Great 3.4 loop. Good mix of difficulty and ease.

hiking
9 months ago

We did Willow Trail first then headed down Laurel Canyon Trail. Willow Trail is not shaded and all uphill going this direction, so it was pretty difficult for me. I was feeling very out of breath when we made it to the top. Laurel Canyon down was shaded and very beautiful. Definitely enjoyed the second part of the hike more.

The parking lot at Willow was full when we arrived so we had to park at the next one down and hike up to the trailhead. Added maybe another mile to our hike.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful views towards the ocean. Very exposed so bring lots of water.

hiking
10 months ago

Took the shadier way up with the narrower roads which ended up being a great HIIT workout because of the steep inclines followed by flat roads. It was tough but it’s fine if you take breaks. No water through the streams though, but saw the Pacific Ocean. Came down on the windier steeper trail which ended up being an easy decline. Would definitely do again!

hiking
10 months ago

Great Trail. We started with Willow Trail and came back with Laurel Canyon Trail. Laurel Canyon seemed to be more difficult than Willow.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Good canyon single track, no bikes on most of it. Waterfall was dry. Lovely rock and cave formations off limits.

hiking
Saturday, November 25, 2017

More of a walk than I hike. The majority of the “hike” is on a wide road that a car could drive up and there were way more bikers than hikers. Not much in the way of views either. Some cool rock formations were the most interesting thing. I was always waiting for something more. The loop took us about 1.5 hrs. I’m sure it would be much prettier in the Spring with the flowers blooming. This may be one of the better hikes in the area but it only gets 2 stars compared to other hikes I’ve been on around the world.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Views aren’t that great. I recommend going when it’s cool out or bring more than enough water! Trail gets very hot only pockets of shade.

hiking
Friday, October 13, 2017

$3 parking fee

hiking
Sunday, August 27, 2017

Nice hike in Laguna Canyon with great scenery. Pay to park.

hiking
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Been hiking this one since I was a kid. Great workout because of the incline and the plant life is beautiful. This is a go to favorite for us!

trail running
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Excellent. Even on a hot day w/o any canopy. Went down Emerald Cyn Rd & up Old Emerald Falls Trail, got lost and went down Moro Ridge Rd rather than go back up to Bommer as I had intended. Was still worth it and what a run. FYI, Old Emerald Falls needs a lot of manicuring(workers were out today doing that) plus a lot of cactuses right up on the edge of this single track. Definitely do not want to MTB this trail as one will definitely end up with many a spike in their legs.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Great trail! Have seen a number of snakes on this trail.

trail running
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Quad burner fire road climb to start followed by fun single track downhill through some shady spots!!!

hiking
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Good clean trail with some nice steep hills and decent views. People who are writing bad reviews about this trail probably couldn't handle the hills and the sun lol

hiking
Thursday, March 16, 2017

trails are open until 7 PM, but gates to the parking lot lock at 5 PM. no other parking nearby either.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

It was fine. Good beginners' challenge. Looking forward to adding Lizard Trail onto it or Bomner. A bit crowded, but not bad. Again, it was fine.

walking
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Love the views and love the uphills that keep the momentum going! Wish it was dog friendly, but I understand coyotes are popular in the area and that would make it unsafe for everyone if dogs are around. I highly recommend this trail to anyone that loves a good nature hike!

hiking
Thursday, December 29, 2016

nice trails

hiking
Sunday, November 13, 2016

Beautiful scenery throughout this very diverse trail. The route type changed 3 times; steep, mountainous incline to moderate rocky trail to flat plane. Signage is a bit tricky to follow so this app was very helpful. Great hike

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

Beautiful, partially shaded hike along a creek bed and then along a ridge. Great views. Awesome rock formations. Moderate hill climbs.

hiking
Thursday, May 19, 2016

easy, shady, and relaxing

hiking
Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Laurel Canyon, in and out, is one of the few mostly shaded trails in Orange County. Up hill mostly but nothing difficult to climb over. I've seen lots of children on this hike as well. If you stick to the In/out and don't take Bommer-Willow Trail back to the parking lot, you won't run into many mountain bikes, as they're not allowed on Laurel Trail past the Stagecoach Trail cutoff. Keep going on Upper Laurel past Laurel Spur-Bommer Trail and you'll see numerous huge canyon live oaks. Laurel Canyon takes on a completely different character as you come back down.

hiking
Sunday, April 17, 2016

it was great but i believe it is more that 3.4 mile

hiking
Sunday, April 10, 2016

Challenging but fun hike! $3 parking. No dogs. Not much shade at all. Many branching trails making for lots of choices and a full day of hiking :)

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