Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel
Park Information: 949-831-2790 or www.ocparks.com
The park is open from 7 a.m. to sunset daily, year round, for
hiking, bicycling and equestrian use. Parking $2.
The Orange County Natural History Museum is located at the Park
entrance and open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday
from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: (949) 831-3287 or
8471 Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach
(949) 494-3539 Park Conditions (949) 497-7647 Interpretive Program
Visit the new Web site at www.crystalcovestatepark.com
The park is open daily year round, 6 a.m. to sunset, for hiking,
bicycling and equestrian use. The park includes beach, bluff top and
backcountry with access at a number of different points. Parking $3.
Special Activities: Join docent-led Backcountry Hikes on Sept. 28
and 29 and Oct. 5 and 6. Meet at the El Moro Visitor Center promptly
at 9 a.m. Hikes are three to five miles and last about two hours. Be
sure to bring water and wear hiking boots.
The El Moro Visitor Center is open from 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 Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Crystal Cove Interpretive Association welcomes new volunteers,
call (949) 497-7648.
The Irvine Ranch
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.
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park Activities: Drop In mountain bike
ride, be ready to ride by 8 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29 and Oct. 6.
Saturday, Sept. 28, meet at 4 p.m. for an eight-mile hike to
Emerald Canyon. The moderately strenuous guided hike takes about five
hours and includes scenic ocean vistas and Laurel Canyon.
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
20101 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach
(949) 494-9352 or www.ocparks.com
Call the rangers and ask about special group hikes for schools,
scouts and other organizations and clubs. Parking fee is $2.
Wilderness Access: from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday
at Willow Canyon 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: from 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: Every Saturday at 8 a.m., 3.5-mile
guided hike by Laguna Greenbelt, Inc. volunteers. Call for
reservations and there is $2 donation per hiker.
Laguna Heights: Open daily year round, from 7 a.m. to sunset.
Trailhead for West Ridge trail and other trails into Aliso and Wood
Canyons Wilderness Park.
Laguna Greenbelt, Inc. welcomes volunteers to help with wilderness
access. Call 949-497-8190 for more information or go to
Interested in becoming a Volunteer Naturalist? The eight-week
course starts Oct. 22. Call Saddleback College for more information,
* Activities compiled by Mary Fegraus from the Laguna Canyon
Foundation, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to preserving,
enhancing andprotecting Laguna Coast Wilderness Park and the adjacent
coastal canyonparks. For more information check out
www.lagunacanyon.org or call (949) 855-7275 (PARK).