West Ridge Trail, Lynx, and Cholla Trails

MODERATE 66 reviews

West Ridge Trail, Lynx, and Cholla Trails is a 5.4 mile moderately 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.

5.4 miles
862 feet



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers




washed out

no dogs

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.

trail running
6 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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

Monday, October 24, 2016

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.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Great trail but super steep! Hell of a workout.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

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.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Is this a shuttle run dh ??

Friday, August 28, 2015

Great view. Husband would like more coverage. Little shade

mountain biking
Wednesday, May 06, 2015

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.

mountain biking
Saturday, July 27, 2013

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.

mountain biking
Friday, July 12, 2013

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!

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