Sulphur Creek Reservoir Loop

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Laguna Niguel Regional Park

Sulphur Creek Reservoir Loop is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Laguna Niguel, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 1.8 miles Elevation Gain: 65 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking


bird watching




partially paved


wild flowers


The lake at the heart of this Orange County regional park is a secondary attraction to the green lawns and trees of the adjacent picnic areas. Many walk this trail as an afterthought or prowl it in search of one of the many lakeside fishing spots at the bottom of a set of railroad-tie stairs. Other than a nice level walk, there's not much here to attract the interest of a serious hiker but if you're looking for a Sunday afternoon's outing in midsummer, this might suit the bill. Be wary of the geese at the trailhead. They are none too fond of dogs and small children.

14 days ago

Good trail, half paved half dirt that runs along a lake. Paid parking but you can park free at Whole Foods next door and walk over

What a beautiful place..! So peaceful, so clean, $5 parking during the weekend for the whole day.! Love it..!

16 days ago

Great family walk & stroller friendly.

We love this trail, our fav. Trail by far

7 months ago

Wide trail and good for a jog.

7 months ago

Fun walk nice and easy. No too many people or dogs. Was a Monday evening. A lot of benches and bathrooms.

7 months ago

Great little hike!

8 months ago

I walk this one daily, park on backside of Whole Foods and if you take extended arm that goes to Alicia Pkwy and then jump on trailhead, around entire lake and back is roughly a 5k or 3.2 miles. Very easy and a quick walk you can do on weekday. I see people catching fish, lots of ducks, bunnies, squirrels but no snakes, at least yet. What I like the most are relatively clean bathrooms and water available through out the park.

9 months ago

This is an easy trail with plenty of bathrooms and water fountains.

9 months ago

Laguna niguel lake walk from home. <3

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Tue Feb 12 2019

Quick WALK

Fri Dec 28 2018

Easy hike and nice scenery around the lake.

Sun Dec 23 2018

An easy trail with great photos I have taken. Only problem was geese. Our dog ran off and started chasing them, and we had to yell and slam him down 3 times.

Mon Sep 24 2018

Nice trail and great walk.

Thu Jul 05 2018

Quick and easy— or add to the loop for more miles.

Mon Apr 23 2018

Great trial for kids and dogs. Lots of dogs there too so make sure your gets along with the others.

Fri Nov 03 2017

Nice walk, good views of the lake, dog friendly with wide level paths that are stroller friendly. This is a very clean and family friendly area. Hikers don’t be misled, this is a walking path, not a hike.

Thu Sep 14 2017

I run it, the shortest loop around is ~1.75 mi. Twice around is 3.44 mi. Every week. It can be lengthened by running all the pavement. A 10K is run there on July 4.

Sun May 14 2017

Short hike with some nice views. I parked near the Whole Foods off La Paz to avoid paying for parking. Was decently quiet but very windy when I was there. That probably helped. A good way to kill an hour or two.

Wed Apr 12 2017

Overall good solid walk in our neighborhood if we don't want to drive to Mission Viejo for the Oso Creek Trail. We parked by Whole Foods and walked along La Paz for parking, they charge you at the front gate! And watch out for lots of poop from the geese along the trail!

bird watching
Mon Mar 27 2017

pleasant walk in late afternoon, with many birds including kildeer, white pelicans & red-wing blackbirds.

Sun Feb 26 2017

Easy walk around the lake. Pretty views. Can make it longer by walking all the way up to the botanical garden.

Fri Feb 10 2017

Easy walk with 4yr old and dog. Playgrounds are very nice and there is an abundance of restrooms and pavilions. Good place for a bbq.

Tue Nov 08 2016

Easy walk from the parking lot around the lake. Very flat and level. Stroller-friendly. Lots of birds on the lake and fishermen looking for fish. Partially shaded. Lots of places to stop for a picnic!

Sat Jun 11 2016

Easy hike. Very pretty.

Sun May 08 2016

Fun, easy and lots of animals to see.

Mon May 02 2016

have to pay for parking

Sat Apr 16 2016

We've done this loop dozens of time as a family. Really fun!

Sun Apr 10 2016

Nice park and trails. My dog loved it and so did I :)

Sun Jan 03 2016

Very simple/easy hike, and there is free parking at the sports park next to the entrance :)

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