Aliso & Wood Canyons
28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel
Park Information: (949) 831-2790 or www.ocparks.com
The park is open daily, year round, from 7 a.m. to sunset for
hiking, bicycling and equestrian use. Parking $2.
Join Ranger Carroll for a short nature walk. Meet at noon in front
of the Natural History Museum at the entrance to the park. A walk
will be held on Oct. 26. Walks are free to the public and last 30
minutes. Special programs can be arranged by calling Ranger Carroll
at (949) 831-2790, ext. 2.
The Orange County Natural History Museum, at the park entrance, is
open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more
information: (949) 831-3287 or www.ocnha.mus.ca.us.
Crystal Cove State Park
8471 Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach.
(949) 494-3539; Park Conditions, (949) 497-7647; Interpretive
Visit the new Web site at www.crystalcovestatepark.com
The park is open daily, year round, from 6 a.m. to sunset for
hiking, bicycling and equestrian use. The park includes beach, bluff
top and backcountry with several access points. Parking $3.
Special Activities: Join docent-led backcountry hikes every
Saturday and Sunday. Meet at 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. A Halloween hike is planned for
Thursday, Oct. 31. Reservations are required.
El Moro Visitor Center is open Tuesdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to
1 p.m. and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Crystal Cove Historic District Visitor Center is open from 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 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. tours are free, but require reservations!
Laguna Coast Wilderness
Drop-in mountain bike rides; be ready to ride at 8 a.m. Sunday,
Hike Laguna Laurel (north of Dilley Preserve), two to three miles
for two to three hours to overlook Barbara's Lake at 8 a.m. on
Saturday, Oct. 19.
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, 20101 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna
(949) 494-9352 or www.ocparks.com.
Call the rangers about special group hikes for schools, scouts and
other organizations. Parking fee $2.
Wilderness Access: Every Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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: Every Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.
to 4 p.m. 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 from 7 a.m. to sunset. Trailhead for
West Ridge trail and other trails into Aliso and Wood Canyons
Laguna Greenbelt, Inc. welcomes volunteers to help with wilderness
access. Call (949) 497-8190 for more information or visit
* Activities compiled by Cindy Obrand 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 949-855-7275(PARK).