Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel
Park Information: (949) 923-2200 or www.ocparks.com
The park is open 7 a.m. to sunset, daily, year round for hiking,
bicycling and equestrian use. Parking $2. No dogs.
Special Activities: Learn about the canyons’ history, plants,
animals and trials. Participate in an easy ranger-led walk from noon
to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 23. Please meet at park headquarters.
Opportunities for additional hiking programs can be arranged by
calling Ranger Carroll at (949) 923-2200.
The Orange County Natural History Museum is at the park entrance
and open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Ongoing
exhibits include live animals and displays of birds, fossils,
butterflies and Indian artifacts.
The museum wants your recyclable cans and bottles! Bring your
California Redemption Value items to the recycling bins at Aliso and
Woods Canyons Wilderness Park.
Special Activity: Lee Shoemaker will conduct a light hike
Geological Field Trip from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 24. Meet at the
parking lot of the Aliso and Woods Canyons Wilderness Park. Wear good
shoes and long pants. For more information: (949) 831-3287 or
8471 Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach
Park Conditions: (949) 494-3539; Interpretive Programs: (949)
State Web site: www.parks.ca.gov; local Web site:
The park is open 6 a.m. to sunset, daily, year round for hiking,
bicycling and equestrian use. The park includes areas of beach, bluff
top and backcountry with access at a number of different points.
Parking $3. Dogs are allowed only on paved paths above the beach.
Special Activities: Join docent-led backcountry hikes at 9 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday. Meet at El Moro Visitor Center. Hikes are three
to five miles and last about two hours. Be sure to bring water and
wear hiking boots. Call for reservations.
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 Assn. welcomes new volunteers, call
The Irvine Ranch
The Nature Conservancy (714) 832-7478 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants meet at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park Headquarters on
Laguna Canyon Road just south of the El Toro Road intersection. All
tours are free, but require reservations.
Special Activities: Join “drop-in” mountain bike rides that
orientate new visitors to the trails at 9 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays,
Nov. 23, 24 and 30 and Dec. 1. Meet at the Laguna Coast Wilderness
Park. Participate in an eight-mile, five-hour, moderately strenuous
hike of Emerald Canyon at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
Directions regarding meeting area are obtained upon reservations.
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
20101 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach
(949) 923-2235 or www.ocparks.com.
Call the rangers and ask about special group hikes for schools,
scouts and other organizations and clubs. Parking Fee $2. No dogs.
Special Activities: Explore sections of the park not usually open
from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Hike & Help Event. Bring water,
hat and sunscreen. Wear sturdy shoes.
Parking: Dilley Staging Area, just north of the toll road on
Laguna Canyon Road. Free shuttle bus service to Little Sycamore
Canyon. Willow Staging Area, 20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of
the El Toro Road intersection.
Stewardship Activities: Collect acorns, an ideal activity for
kids, from 8 a.m. to noon. Collection will be used in future youth
park restoration programs! Trail Work helps bring the park back to
its natural beauty. Bring shovel and gloves. Park at Willow Staging
Area and meet at the Wilderness Park Trailer at 8 a.m. sharp.
Docent-led Hikes: A variety of hikes from moderate to strenuous
Hike On Your Own Opportunities: Discover Dilley Preserve, Little
Sycamore Canyon, and Laurel Canyon at your own pace.
For Stewardship Activities and Hikes, please check Web site or
call for start times and details: (949) 923-2235, (949) 855-7275 and
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park Activities:
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. There is $2 donation per hiker.
Laguna Heights: Open 7 a.m. to sunset daily year round. Trailhead
for West Ridge trail and other trails into Aliso and Wood Canyons
Laguna Greenbelt Inc. welcomes volunteers, call (949) 497-8190 for
more information or online at www.lagunagreenbelt.org.
* Activities compiled by Marla Smith 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).