Pectin Reef Loop, Aliso & Wood RW is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Aliso Viejo, California and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 3.1 miles Elevation Gain: 173 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

walking

Miocene marine fossil beds, flowing creek, overgrazed bottomland This little hiked portion of the extensive Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park features a fossil reef from which Miocene Era dolphins, whales, and other creatures have been recovered. The beds themselves aren't quite worth the trip and the scenery, though locally interesting, largely consists of overgrazed hillsides and bottomlands where alien bamboo fight it out with the native mulefat and bay laurels. Part of the trail is a dirt sidewalk running along Alicia Parkway. The best rocks from the Pectin Reef are at the Aliso and Wood Canyons Museum where you can also see the skeleton of a dolphin and Waldo, a ground sloth who was uncovered during the construction of the toll road you'll pass under. If you do visit, pick a cool day when you can linger over the fossil beds and locate a few finds. Leave what you discover at the site for others to enjoy.

Good little walk/hike!

Easy and stroller friendly

Basic trail no hills

hiking
8 months ago

very easy walk along a creek bed.

recorded Recording - Sep 19, 11:47 AM

hiking
8 months ago

great Trail not a lot of shade need to go on a cooler breezy day. saw a Roadrunner, there is a small part that you have to walk along Alicia but other than that lots of nature. words that USB

Easy and flat but very little shade. Recommend you go when it’s early. Some coyotes have been spotted in the area, be cautious.

hiking
muddy
Sun Mar 03 2019

walking
Sun Dec 30 2018

It was a perfect walk for our 3 young boys and labrador....nice and easy.

hiking
Sat Dec 29 2018

Really easy and long hike. Took lots of great photos. I really enjoyed this 1-2 hour walk.

hiking
Sat Dec 15 2018

Easy hike, more like a walk for the most part. Most of it is along a bike path until noon you get to the reef. Circle around and then head up the hill, checking the rocks as you go for fossils. You'll find the most up at the top of the hill, but don't expect to see anything more exciting than scallops. We brought our small terrier and he enjoyed the walk.

walking
Tue Nov 13 2018

Quick and easy walk. Beautiful weather in the early fall!

hiking
Sat Feb 04 2017

nice easy walk.

hiking
Wed Jan 25 2017

nice hike not hard at all, not to muddy after the rains

mountain biking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

recorded Bike

hiking
2 months ago

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