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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Laguna Niguel, California Map

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.

Both sides of the trail on this map where closed about halfway through...? Signs stating “private property keep out! End of Trail.”

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!

lindo lugar para hacer caminata
de verdad se los recomiendo a todos mis amigos!!!!!!

Beautiful views.

Beautiful hike in the Aliso wilderness.

Enjoyed beautiful nature. Relaxing, feeling fresh air.

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.

Nice evening hike 5/5

2 months ago

could see and heard the noise from I-5 while hiking, steep hills, no shade, ocean view at the end. I’m not doing this again.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Rather easy trail. A bit of a hassle to get to the entrance, but well worth the trip. Don’t text and bike as there are no guard rails!!!

I loved this trail! Some nice steep hills to get your heart rate up, friendly people and their dogs. Overall it was a great morning hike

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