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Laurel Canyon, Laurel Spur, Willow Trail Loop

MODERATE 325 reviews

Laurel Canyon, Laurel Spur, Willow Trail Loop is a 3.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Aliso Viejo, California that features a waterfall 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

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

walking

bird watching

running

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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

Nice summertime loop today but the waterfalls and creek beds are definitely all dried out right now. Will be nice to return during the rainy season and see the water flowing. Definitely should have brought some more water to drink but overall it was a beautiful hike.

hiking
1 month ago

First time. Preferred this direction as I didn’t expect so many bikers.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

First time there.only did half.got to hot. Love the cool rocks.im a nature photographer. Will go back start from Laura Canyon trail. Next time.

hiking
1 month ago

First came here last fall and need to come back. Despite being so close to the highway it feels like complete wilderness. Big Sycamores in bright orange autumn foliage were beautiful to look at. Falls were also flowing generously at that time. Very shady. There is also a large boulder that looks like a face with its tongue sticking out.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty trail with some shade although mostly open. We went counter clockwise starting at the parking lot. 1st mile and a half was steep. Trail is wide in some areas and open to the cliff below, narrow and enclosed with vegetation in others. There should be a stream about mid way but it was dried up. Saw some nice flowers, a huge stunning yellow patch towards the end! We saw a snake towards the end but not sure if it was a rattler. Nice trail overall.

hiking
no shade
rocky
2 months ago

This is a great trail but I’ll admit it’s a rough one!! I was expecting a little bit of a climb, but over a mile in and we were still headed straight up hill! The views are beautiful and I will definitely be working at this trail more as I get more in shape!

nature trips
no shade
3 months ago

it was mostly paved road for bicycles except when the sign directs you to stay in track and it goes to a narrow hiking path. Actually that's where you can look for the fossils.

No water, super dry.

hiking
3 months ago

Enjoyed the hike. Loved that there is some shade due to mature trees

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail! We ran into some gopher snakes. The waterfall was dried up (late May), but it was still a beautiful spot to stop and rest. Be careful of mountain bikers!!!

Loved this. Hiked with 2 9 yr olds. Was a bit tough in sections with the altitude climb, but they survived. So many beautiful wildflowers.

hiking
4 months ago

Barbara's Lake + Laurel's Loop

it was a beautiful hike over all... specially at this time of the year with the flowers, chirping birds and all that you expect to see in a local wilderness.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail to complete in a couple hours!! There were a lot of tall yellow flowers at the intersection of Willow Trail and Laurel Spur, and although there was no flowing water the hike was very enjoyable.

5 months ago

Great view. Had a great hiking work out.

It is a nice hike a mix of vegetation and rocks but only 3.5 km long instead of the 5.3km mentioned in the summary.

bring a flashlight if you are hiking after work. parking lot closes at 5 so you'll have to find street parking. some inclines no water in the river currently.

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

no waterfall :(

Great Trail! Fairly easy with a little elevation in the beginning. Very sunny to start and ends with a lot of shady spots. The hike has a nice variety and although it ends parallel to the road, still great. Would have been a plus to see the waterfall but it was pretty dried up. Worth the 90 minutes, especially for a solo expedition.

There wasn't a waterfall! I was so surprised given how much rain we've had. Such a bummer. The rest of the trail was okay. Very exposed and a few nice views of the surrounding area.

hiking
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

This is a wonderful trail anytime of year, not to crowded and Laurel canyon trail is mainly shaded with some beautiful meadows. At one point on this trail you come across at 50 foot waterfall that had a pretty heavy flow even though when I went it hadn’t rained in a while. I would recommend this trail to anyone in the area

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike, but go early since there's little shade.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice and calm route. there were some nice rock formations. i saw a bird.

hiking
8 months ago

Great short hike.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

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.

running
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

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

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