Serrano Ridge West Canyon Trail Loop

MODERATE 72 reviews

Serrano Ridge West Canyon Trail Loop is a 6.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Laguna Woods, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

6.7 miles
1,010 feet



mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running



wild flowers



no dogs

Stagecoach south to little Sycamore loop.4.8 miles Smooth and moderate ups and downs. A few switchbacks. The entire back route connection is a fire road, but very nice veiws. A great afternoon workout. Parking is $3.00.

mountain biking
2 months ago

I loved this trail, but it is not moderate. There are one or two easy sections and the majority of the trail is moderate. But, Camarillo Trail is rated difficult, this is seen on the trail maps that are at the trail. So, how is the trail? Well most of it is double track with probably around 30-40% single track. It has a mix of smooth to rock and technical trails. This means that if you are a beginner to moderate skill level you can ride the trail and walk down and up the parts that you can't. In short, I really enjoyed this trail and I will definitely come back to help me improve until I can clean the whole trail.

3 months ago

Great hike! It took me about 1.5 hours to do the 4.8 mile loop. I started at 2:30pm on a Thursday and I only saw two other people on the trail. Views from the higher elevations are gorgeous. I was able to see all the way to DTLA. Trails are well marked and the ranger has maps available.

5 months ago

great hike!

6 months ago

It was a tough hike !!!!

10 months ago

We hiked here this morning and had an enjoyable time. We got started at 8 am and it was already bright and hot and felt like a summer day. The sign at the parking gate says they open at 8, but maybe since there was a line of cars waiting they opened up early at 7:45.

Parking is $3 but some losers vandalized/burglarized the kiosk so the rangers didn't have us pay, we just had to sign in. The helpful, energetic, knowledgeable female ranger working at the Nix nature center asked us how long of a hike that we wanted to do and mapped it out for us and gave us a lot of helpful info. that was appreciated. Great 1st impression.

We did Little Sycamore to Serrano Ridge to Camarillo Canyon to Stagecoach South back to the center and then we went under the 133 to see Barbara's Lake. The trail started off with incline but it wasn't too overwhelming. It is rather flat on Serrano Ridge and then some up and down the rest of the way. There are some nice views and greener and more colorful than we expected. The ranger told us that the lake is the only natural lake in Orange County...pretty cool!

The trails are well-marked and with the map it is easy to get around. There are people hiking/running and mountain biking but it never feels crowded. We did about 6 miles and it was a good workout that took about 2.5 hours.

11 months ago

This is a beautiful trail. Would recommend!

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Part of this trial is more difficult than moderate! Especially if you are out of shape! Start South to make harder part right off the bat. Easier on the back end. Pretty trial. Narrow in the beginning as you go up hill.

trail running
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Cute open space with a lot of fire road. There is some sections of single track with about 30% of rocky technical parts. Not much shade but great trail overall. Much of it is maintained. I enjoy this little loop.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Harder than it looks. Roughly a 2:45min hike elapsed time of 3:30. The. back 2 mikes go on forever!

Monday, March 06, 2017


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Good trails, nice mix of sand and rock. Easy on the legs

Monday, April 11, 2016

I did 7.5 miles and it was a very good workout. Mary's Trail to Little Sycamore Canyon to Serrano Ridge Trail. Went under the 73 to Upper Laurel Canyon Trail to stagecoach south trail. The final mile or so back up the hill is a good burn.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Great experience! Saw a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake cross the trail.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

The route I took was more like 3 miles.

Pros: Good trail for chatting with friends while hiking. A nice view at Serrano Ridge.

Cons: Parking is $3 and lot gets packed. No dogs allowed :(

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Spectacular views and an many trails to explore. Lots of ups and downs and very exposed so bring lots of sunscreen and water.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Great hike. We did the 8 mile loop. Would consider the 8 mile hike moderate. There are some strenuous pitches. Beautiful views. Limited ocean views - it was a clear day and we could see Newport Harbor. We could also see Catalina Island.

Monday, August 03, 2015

Great hike.. Best to go early if you plan on completing the entire loop during the summer months. Unfortunately, due to the drought Barbaras Lake is just a stagnate body of water.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ran into couple snakes but still... It was a great area to just hike and take deep breaths

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Great place for a scenic hike or slow walk. It gets really cold in winter so bring a jacket or wear long sleeves.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

really fun trail. tuff climb right out of the box, leading some really fun down hill single track. Suggest you run it backwards through Silverado Canyon up over the top but have two nice downhill single tracks I'm walking up hill single track. Actual distance about 7.5 miles

Monday, October 07, 2013

Hit this area a second day straight. Another scorcher 93*. Yesterday I did the south loop 4.8 miles, today I started up the trail I decended and finished on (Little Sycamore) and decided to try the moderate North loop which is 4.7 miles. The trail UP this time on Little Sycamore is a brisk climb but was up it in 20 mins without running. Hit the top and turned right to go north on the Serrano Riodge fireroad, then right onto West Canyon and then south onto "North Stagecoach". Both the last trails were merely fireroads. Stagecoach does cross under the 133 for a litle bit and then back uder again to the parkinglot. Just a good climb at first, then rolling paths all the way down as it decends to eventual flats for the last mile to mile and a half. Actually a little boring but made for a smooth brisk walk. The sign said 2.5 hour hike and I made it without any running at all in 1hr20mins but without stopping. A nice quick afternnon workout, but not much in the way of adventure.

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Great afternoon workout. 4.8 mile loop starting towards the south on Stagecoach trail (heading upjill on fun switchbacks and then down). At the bottom of Stagecoach you connect to "Camarillo Canyon. (now this starts off looking like a boring fireroad, but as it progresses it starts to narrow and climb and becomes some very fun switchbacks- you'll be huffing and puffing at the top). At the top, merge right onto the Serrano Ridge" fireroad and follow that north as it climbs and dips 9kind of a boring trail as for excitement, but the entire length of it hass spectacular views of the valleys on both sides).. At the end fo the top fireroad it hooks east- there you will find the connector trail " Little Sycamore" that heads down to the parkinglot. At this merge is an excellent photo op down to the NIX ranger center and parkinglot. This ius a fun final decent and a nice narrow winding trail back to civilization.

It was very hot (2pm start @ 93*. I finished it in 1:35 hrs/mins on a brisk walk) Lots of fluid because there is hardly any shade.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Was a nice trail with mild incline. An awful lot of big cat scat all over but no sightings. Heard some rattlers but again, no sightings. The end of the trail going down to the parking was pretty steep and fun. Not real long but a good starter or start back up trail.

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Good easy to moderate hiking trail. I added my 'track' under the Helpful Link below, and comments for further review. Not sure how to link it up as a trail. As always bring 2-3 liters of water per person.

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