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

My first time to Laguna Coast Wilderness Park and I will be back. I especially liked Stagecoach trail and Little Sycamore trail, which are a little technical, rocky. Great Nature Center at this trailhead, along with bathrooms and water. Parking is $3, well worth it, and doesn't open till 8:00. However, I got there early, and at 7:40 the Ranger came and opened up.

Little Sycamore does not allow bikes.

It was a tough hike !!!!

Great loop starting at Nix, up Sycamore and through Serrano. After the toll road underpass, it’s beautiful backcountry on Laurel. Stagecoach has some up and down switchbacks.
The Nix center is a great start & end. It was my first hike here and the friendly rangers mapped the route for me.

A fantastic trail right off the 133. Easy parking, $3 for the day. There’s a ranger station/visitor center right by the lot. Awesome & clean. Restrooms for use before you hit the trail. Once out in trail there’s a bit of a climb at the beginning and end but nothing too bad. The end elevation gain is probably the worse of the two. Nice view from the top once you get there.

More like a 6.5 mile hike. Lots of uphill at the beginning and end. Travelled counter clockwise which I suggest as there are a lot of loose rocks at the beginning. Happy hiking!

Good first hike in Laguna. Nice views.

We hiked here this morning and had an enjoyable time. We got started at 8 am and it was already bright and hot and felt like a summer day. The sign at the parking gate says they open at 8, but maybe since there was a line of cars waiting they opened up early at 7:45.

Parking is $3 but some losers vandalized/burglarized the kiosk so the rangers didn't have us pay, we just had to sign in. The helpful, energetic, knowledgeable female ranger working at the Nix nature center asked us how long of a hike that we wanted to do and mapped it out for us and gave us a lot of helpful info. that was appreciated. Great 1st impression.

We did Little Sycamore to Serrano Ridge to Camarillo Canyon to Stagecoach South back to the center and then we went under the 133 to see Barbara's Lake. The trail started off with incline but it wasn't too overwhelming. It is rather flat on Serrano Ridge and then some up and down the rest of the way. There are some nice views and greener and more colorful than we expected. The ranger told us that the lake is the only natural lake in Orange County...pretty cool!

The trails are well-marked and with the map it is easy to get around. There are people hiking/running and mountain biking but it never feels crowded. We did about 6 miles and it was a good workout that took about 2.5 hours.

Nice trail, some sections wide some single track. decent views of Irvine at the top.

This is a beautiful trail. Would recommend!

We were visiting the area and had a couple of hours to do this hike. There are some steep rocky inclines but the views along the way and especially along the top were worth it! Wear good shoes and bring water.

Lots of cool birds for my friend. Not very much shade for me.

Part of this trial is more difficult than moderate! Especially if you are out of shape! Start South to make harder part right off the bat. Easier on the back end. Pretty trial. Narrow in the beginning as you go up hill.

Enjoyable hike to start the new year. Plenty of up and down areas but nothing crazy.

This would be a great route to run.

trail running
7 months ago

Cute open space with a lot of fire road. There is some sections of single track with about 30% of rocky technical parts. Not much shade but great trail overall. Much of it is maintained. I enjoy this little loop.

I really liked it, extreme heat and all. My wife did not.

Beautiful views - pretty steep at certain points, so wear appropriate footwear. Bring water!

Harder than it looks. Roughly a 2:45min hike elapsed time of 3:30. The. back 2 mikes go on forever!

Excellent hike, and a great workout!! It took us 3hrs 15min to complete the full 7.6 mile loop. The Nix Nature Center is very nice, so definitely pop in for a map and/or to say hi to the rangers before your hike. Clean bathrooms as well. They even have wildlife sightings listed on a board inside. I feel like my $3 parking fee goes a lot farther here, rather than at the other staging areas. The rangers took time to talk to us about mountain lions and bobcats, which was very helpful. I've always been afraid to meet one on a trail, but they put my mind at ease, letting me know that the last reported ML sighting was in 1998 for this area. They even showed us videos of wildlife that had been taken nearby. Love the rangers here! They obviously care deeply about Laguna Canyon Wilderness and enjoy their careers.

The hike itself was fantastic. Well-marked trails/signage, and with the help of the AllTrails app, made getting lost almost impossible. We saw about 6 other solo hikers and a couple of mountain bikers (we went on a Friday). It was neat to go under the 73 and connect to the other side. You get an excellent mix of terrain - starting out with a good climb to Serrano ridge with awesome views of OC, then down to a more covered area on Laurel Canyon, and then alongside rocky terrain with huge boulders. The last climb over the mountain back to the parking lot is another steady uphill, so you will get a good workout with this hike.

Bring plenty of water (I went through an entire Camelbak bladder plus an extra bottle) and sunscreen, and have fun!!

Hot in the summer. Hike early and bring plenty of water. Beautiful views.

hiking
Monday, June 05, 2017

Steep climb through the canyon, worth the views along the way and at the top. The interpretive center is nice and they have good bathrooms. Several picnic tables near the parking area would make for a great post-hike picnic. Pay machines are not always working, recommend bringing cash to pay

hiking
Monday, March 20, 2017

fun trail! especially when you do the serrano ridge to stagecoach trail

Heaven!

hiking
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Good trails, nice mix of sand and rock. Easy on the legs

I did 7.5 miles and it was a very good workout. Mary's Trail to Little Sycamore Canyon to Serrano Ridge Trail. Went under the 73 to Upper Laurel Canyon Trail to stagecoach south trail. The final mile or so back up the hill is a good burn.

Great experience! Saw a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake cross the trail.

hiking
Saturday, March 26, 2016

The route I took was more like 3 miles.

Pros: Good trail for chatting with friends while hiking. A nice view at Serrano Ridge.

Cons: Parking is $3 and lot gets packed. No dogs allowed :(

hiking
Saturday, February 13, 2016

Spectacular views and an many trails to explore. Lots of ups and downs and very exposed so bring lots of sunscreen and water.

Great hike. We did the 8 mile loop. Would consider the 8 mile hike moderate. There are some strenuous pitches. Beautiful views. Limited ocean views - it was a clear day and we could see Newport Harbor. We could also see Catalina Island.

hiking
Saturday, August 22, 2015

This is a great hike that starts at the Nix Center in Laguna Canyon at Little Sycamore Canyon. Go through the wilderness center and follow the Little Sycamore Trail up to the top of the ridge. From there you make a left at the Serrano Ridge Trail [trailhead 29] and follow that until Trailhead 28 called Camarillo Canyon Rd. Hike all the way down through some cool meadows and what seems to be a really crazy looking mountain bike run. You'll think you're near the end but nope, make a left at the swinging gate and you'll see trailhead 44, Stagecoach So. Trail. This will take you back up some switchbacks, make your legs burn, and then drop ya off right at the parking lot from where you started. Definitely try to make this an early one as it gets hot out there. We enjoy this hike a lot because of all the local plantlike that you encounter, especially in the spring. Plus, it shows you some of the last remaining wilderness right in the heart of OC.

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