Explore the most popular trails near Laguna Niguel with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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hiking
2 days ago

The most beautiful view at the top!

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful view and slightly moderate hike. Short and simple.

Good for running. Flat terrain, gorgeous view of the ocean, no rocks. Plus, I don’t really like people watching me run and it wasn’t too busy.

walking
23 days ago

Perfect for getting into reality with a toddler and a stroller. Mellow, beautiful, relaxing. Kiddo loves the bunnies and duckies at dusk. Coming back for the cave...

This is a great place for bringing family to do leisurely walks or biking. Beautiful views, especially as sunset approaches. Paved road located in center of this valley for biking/jogging/walking with houses scattered all along the tops of the hills. More of a weekend location to take the kids for leisurely fun than for hiking.

What a great trail! Great views!

hiking
1 month ago

Very steep incline and a pretty short trail... but very beautiful for a quick hike.

Great variety of difficulty. Car Wreck is legit hard.

Started at Top of the World Entrance

West Ridge Trail > Wood Creek > Wood Creek Trail >Wood Canyon > Nature Loop > Dripping Cave > Car Wreck Trail > West Ridge

The loops on Wood Creek are great to get off the main road and under tree cover. The hike back up to Top of the World (and Car Wreck Trail) is steep with a decent incline and rocks.

Refreshing view

hiking
1 month ago

We started the hike at Ridgeview & Highland (free street parking = positive). The first 1.5 miles or so stays right next to the houses (definite negative). We then had to walk on Pacific Island Dr. when the trail ended and go south to Talavera Dr. to reconnect to another trail that took us south to the summit vista of the Pacific. The view and the trail for the last mile or so is away from the houses and scenic (positive). The trail is not a loop so the trip back to where we parked included the same boring 1.5 miles (negative).

RT was 6.5 miles for us and just under 2.5 hrs.
FYI... the trail was rather busy and there were many dog owners with their dogs off leash which doesn't bother me but might bother some people. All the people we encountered were polite.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike up and awesome views!

Trailhead closed, so started in the middle walking on the sidewalk & thru neighborhood toward the summit, then back to car and onto the ‘closed’ section. Went almost to original entrance & unclear why it was closed. Not from the area so kinda fun to see the houses on one side and the valley on the other. Glad we did it, don’t need to do it again.

Awesome near dusk. Lots of deer and great for all ages of our kiddos .

hiking
2 months ago

If you are looking for a nature trail, it’s not the best place to go, as you can mostly see residential areas and hear the hustle and bustle from the 5 freeway. But, if you live nearby and are looking for an easy/moderate hike to a decent ocean view, I would recommend it.

Great moderately difficult, well maintained, walking and biking trails. We have been coming here for many years now to hike, whenever in the area. We always see many varieties of wildlife and plants. Often seeing hawks, hummingbirds, coyote, deer.

Lovely hike at sunset

It takes 1.5 walking in a concrete road to actually get in the trail. Lots of mountain bikes.

Boring. Unless you like looking into rich people’s back yards

I love this trail. It is extremely dog friendly, there are dog bag stations and trash cans located along the hike. The views are great. Parking is easy because there are several different places to access the trail and parking is free.

Fun trail, loose dirt. A lot of hikers but pretty courteous to bikers.

A good trail, great for beginners as the ascent is easy and not steep. My cousins live right above this canyon so this is a regular for a lot of our family. It’s not my favorite but it’s not my least favorite either.
The reason I gave it 3 stars is that it takes a lot of the fun out of it when you constantly have the mountain bikers sneaking up on you and small kids. Little ones are just all over the place and it makes hiking a lot more work than it needs to when you share trails with different activities. I am sure the mountain bikers feel the same about the hikers, especially the kids.

It was a fun trail. Got a little confusing at some parts. Definitely need some good footwear, hiking boots or shoes preferred. I wore regular Nike running shoes, and my feet not only hurt at the end of the hike, but I was sliding around the terrain in certain places. May be best with good traction shoes or boots.

We started from the parking lot on Awma road. Wanted to take the car wreck trail but there is a trail which also goes left about 150 feet before the car wreck trail. Be careful and don’t take that as even though it ends at the same point “ top of the world” but is v narrow and steep with lose boulders.
Enjoyed hiking here.

I loved this hike! I hiked it with my 9 and 10 year-old kids who also loved it. It was a bit long though...took us 2.5 hours of leisurely hiking. Instead of walking up Awma Road and then onto Aliso Creek trail I’d recommend heading to the left (behind the parking lot) following the stoney path to the left. This path leads to a creek crossing and has a lot of trees and greenery (it’s very picturesque) and leads to Aliso Creek Trail East which is not paved so a bit more of a hike compared to the Aliso Creek Trail. It then intersects with Aliso Creek Trail.

Beautiful! Goes right along the ocean with sharp cliffs. Exactly what I was looking for with the dogs. Wasn't too busy on a holiday weekend either

I didn’t follow the trail exactly as listed, but the route that I took was fun and exciting! Was a nice change to hike in the sun compared to the Oregon rain that I’m used to!

Nice hike with great views! don't miss out!

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