Explore the most popular birding 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.

Nice easy trail to follow.....TRAIL closed when you reach the turn to go to the dripping cave due to regrowth from fire. So unable to finish the last .4 miles. Tons of rabbits and a nice cool creek to splash your face if you get hot

No hiking gear necessary except for maybe some water. This is really more of a running trail for locals but in our hot California summers, the ocean breeze and views are stellar. No shade, so bring a hat and sunscreen. It’s easy and flat, perfect for a before lunch walk. Recommended for all ages who enjoy the urban outdoors. This is a highly populated upscale area so the relative seclusion, even on a weekend, was a plus.

Easily on off my favorite trails to date. From the very beginning the trail offers a beautiful scenery of the ocean and beautifully designed houses that inspire me on what I would want someday. The trails have varying ranges of difficulty and also different types of scenery. When you start off you're on a hill where you can peer down into the valley on one side or towards the ocean on the other. As you travel you the trail transitions from rocky passage, to woodland passage. Afterwards you come to following a river until you finally come to open meadows. Honestly one of the best hikes I've been on and very good is for those looking to go on an adventurous date.

1 month ago

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

Great views of the Pacific Ocean to the west and Orange County mountains to the east. Santiago peak. Fun hike.

2 months ago

I loved this short but ass kicking trail.

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

Enjoyable, easy walk with great views.

Easy trail on the way down. Ends at Aliso Peak where you can either go down Valido trail to the beach (moderate) or go back. The hike back up is a good incline

trail running
2 months ago

Beautiful scenery and great incline, I wish it was longer! If you follow it all the way down to the 1 then you reach the beach!

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

Nice trail. Great views of Laguna and Wood Canyons. Also great payoff view from Top of the World.

hiking
3 months ago

The most beautiful view at the top!

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful view and slightly moderate hike. Short and simple.

walking
4 months 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
4 months 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
5 months ago

Great hike up and awesome views!

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

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.

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

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.

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