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West Ridge Trail, Lynx, and Cholla Trails is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Laguna Niguel, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 5.3 mi Elevation gain 905 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

Washed out

No dogs

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Getting There

This is a popular trail suitable for hiking, running, or mountain biking. Bring the dogs! It is a point-to-point with about 3 intersections with trails that head down to Mathis Canyon. The trail starts at Top of the World Park in Laguna Beach and ends at the Canyon Acres Trailhead. You'll see beautiful canyon views and panoramic ocean vistas.

Parking, picnic tables, water fountain and bathrooms at Alta Laguna Park

Enter from Top of the World Trailhead Gate

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Lucas Scofield
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Sean Carter
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This trail is just a fire road that goes from the view point at top of the world park down to Canyon Acres Drive. It is super steep and a good quick workout. There are some good views towards the canyon (Irvine & the 73 Toll Road ) and of the center of Laguna Beach and the ocean. This seem more of a training hill rather than a hike.

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Zach Josipovich
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Scot Taylor
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Get on it in the morning !

Theresa Robertson
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This trail really has a lot to offer and it can be as easy or moderate as you choose depending on the path. Lots of parking, signs. The main west trail is wide and has inclines in both directions. We went out today in hopes to hike to car wreck trail but a quickly spreading wildfire stopped us. Hopefully it won’t ruin this beautiful trail and park or homes!! We will definitely be back

Joshua Wineski
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Running

The views in the beginning of the trail are inspiring. They make you have a sense of urgency to explore the rest of what the trail has to offer. I love that you have to climb a little both ways. However the way back is intense. I liked that it felt more into nature. Yet the only issues for me was the mountain bikers. Have no respect for the runners or hikers and feel like they have the right away and are pretty rude about it. It was also full of teenagers training for cross country. I prefer hikes nobody likes to do and are alone. But I would still recommend this trail to everyone it's beautiful.

Priscilla Peraza
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Hiking

Fairly easy trails. Great variety of options to make your hike longer. Nothing does beat the view at the Top of The World park.

Ivonne Jurado
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Hiking

The views were great. The hike was nice at the beginning of the hike we went down and that was nice but hard on our way back especially because there was no shade and I was tired. I would definitely do this hike again. The park at the top is beautiful.

Barry B.
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Great trail but super steep! Hell of a workout.

M S
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Free parking on Alta Laguna. Amazing ocean views and mountain views. This is a great place to watch the sunrise. There are always a lot of people on this trail but it never feels crowded. If you branch off to Car Wreck trail beware: its super steep and bikers fly down it. Hike also known as Too of the World.

Sean Gardinera
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Is this a shuttle run dh ??

Kelly Hixon
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Great view. Husband would like more coverage. Little shade

Joshua Patrick
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Mountain biking

This is a great trail for running, mountain biking, or walking the dog. Be careful, it gets busy on weekends. It has some of the best views of the Laguna Coastline.

Henry Gleason
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Mountain biking

This is a gnarly trail. There are various jumps, berms, drops, rock gardens and steep fast downhill sections. Only ride this trail if you are experienced, or you will probably break yourself.

Marc N.
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Mountain biking

If you're into very technical downhills, this trail is a must! I rode it today from the Top of the World down to Laguna Canyon Rd. There are numerous youtube videos of guys flying down this trail but it will take me a while (or possibly never) to attain those speeds. Nonetheless, I had a blast on this short trail!

Angela Booher
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Ben Charny
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Angie Allen
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Pookla Miga
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Veronica Spindler
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Lucy Lu
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Gerry Carboni
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Yvonne Kunz
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Gerry Carboni
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Aurélie Mialocq
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Samantha W.
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Will Fletcher
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Rob Stevenson
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