Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel
Park Information: 831-2790 or www.ocparks.com
The park is open 7 a.m. to sunset daily, year round for hiking,
bicycling & equestrian use. Be sure to talk with Rangers Tom Maloney and
Carroll Baldwin about the best trails. Parking is $2.
The Orange County Natural History Museum is located at the Park
entrance, open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Special group
tours are available. Volunteers always welcome. Information: 831-3287 or
Crystal Cove State Park
8471 Coast Highway, Laguna Beach
Park Conditions, 494-3539; Interpretive Program, 497-7647
www.crystalcovestatepark.com or www.parks.ca.gov
The park is open daily, year round, 6 a.m. to sunset for hiking,
bicycling and equestrian use. Parking $3.
Special Activities: July 13, Free Cottage Tour, meet at the Historic
District Visitor Center (park across Coast Highway in the Los Trancos
parking lot) at 10 a.m. July 27 Bat Walk led by Stephanie Remington.
Reservations start July 15 and are required for a maximum of 35 people.
Backcountry hikes start at the El Moro Visitor Center on July 6, 7, 13
and 14 promptly at 9 a.m.
El Moro Visitor Center is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Sundays
and 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Crystal Cove Historic District Visitor
Center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Crystal Cove Interpretive Association welcomes new volunteers, call
The Irvine Ranch Land Reserve
The Nature Conservancy (714) 832-7478
All participants meet at the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park headquarters
on Laguna Canyon Road just south of the El Toro Road intersection. All
tours are free, but require reservations.
Activities in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park on Sunday, July 7 and 14:
Drop In mountain bike ride at 8 a.m..
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
20101 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, Parking Fee $2
494-9352 or www.ocparks.com
New Access Hours Starting July 6 Wilderness Access: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
every Saturday and Sunday at Willow Road staging area on Laguna Canyon
Road just south of El Toro Road intersection. Open for hiker, equestrian
and mountain bicyclist access on specified trails without guides.
Jim Dilley Greenbelt Preserve: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and
Sunday. Hikers only on specified trails without guides. Trails include
Barbara’s Lake, the largest of the Laguna Lakes and the only natural
lakes in Orange County.
Guided hikes in Laurel Canyon: 8 a.m. every Saturday. 3.5-mile guided
hike by Laguna Greenbelt, Inc. volunteers. Reservations and $2 donation.
Weekday and special group tours available.
Laguna Heights: Open 7 a.m. to sunset daily, year round. Trailhead for
West Ridge trail and other trails into Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness
Laguna Greenbelt, Inc. welcomes new volunteers, 494-8190 or 494-9352.
* Activities compiled by Mary Fegraus from the Laguna Canyon
Foundation, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to preserving, enhancing
and protecting Laguna Coast Wilderness Park and the adjacent coastal
canyon parks. For more information check out www.lagunacanyon.org or
PHOTO CREDIT: Photo courtesy of Maya Decker.