Note: All wilderness parks are closed for two or more days following significant precipitation.


Crystal Cove State Park, 8471 Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, has 3.5 miles of beach and 2,000 acres of undeveloped woodland. $10 day-use parking fee.

The park is open 6 a.m. to sunset daily. Docent-led backcountry hikes are scheduled for most Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m. Hikes are 3- to 5 miles and last about two hours.


Note: All hikes meet at the El Moro Visitor Center (from Coast Highway, turn inland at light for School/State Park, follow park signs), unless otherwise indicated. Information: (949) 497-7647 or via e-mail Rain cancels.

  • Native Plant hike, 9 a.m. Saturday.
  • Gray Whale Sunday, 9 a.m. Sunday, meet at the Pelican Point parking lot #2 (from Coast Highway, turn coastward at Newport Coast Drive)
  • Spring Equinox walk, 6 p.m. Tuesday, meet at the Pelican Point parking lot #2.
  • Historic District guided tours are held on the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. The free tours have expanded by adding a plein-air artist demonstration at the conclusion of each tour. The walks begin at 10 a.m. across from the Historic District in the Los Trancos parking lot at Coast Highway. Artist demonstrations are scheduled as follows: March 10, Michael Obermeyer; April 14, Bruce Sanford Day; May 12, Jeff Horn; June 9, Jim Wodark.
  • No reservations are required; for more information, visit


    Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, 20101 Laguna Canyon Road; reservations and information, (949) 923-2235;


    Rangers staff the park daily. Open daily, 7 a.m. to sunset, including holidays. Parking lot hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Willow Canyon on Laguna Canyon Road, just south of the El Toro Road intersection. Open to hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers on specified trails; open 7 a.m. to sunset, but parking lot is only open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., $3.

    Dilley Preserve on Laguna Canyon Road, just north of the 73 toll road: Open daily 7 a.m. to sunset. Parking $3; lot open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Little Sycamore Canyon on Laguna Canyon Road, just south of the I-405 interchange: The James and Rosemary Nix Nature Center opens Saturday. Nix Nature Center hours will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; parking $3; lot open 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.

    Laguna Heights, the trailhead for West Ridge trail and routes into Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, at Top of the World on Alta Laguna Blvd., is open daily, 7 a.m. to sunset.

    Laguna Canyon Foundation leads a guided Walk with a Naturalist at 9 a.m. Saturdays. Information: (949) 923-2235. All programs meet at Willow Canyon.

  • Hike with Penny Lewis and Annie Stoeckman, 9 a.m. Saturday.
  • The Nature Conservancy leads a full schedule of hikes, mountain bike tours and equestrian rides within Laguna Coast Wilderness Park and the Irvine Ranch Land Reserve. Information: (714) 832-7478.



    Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel; (949) 923-2200; Open daily all year, 7 a.m. to sunset, for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians; parking, $3.

    Orange County rangers and a groundskeeper staff the park daily; free 30-minute ranger-led Discovery Hike offered each second and fourth Saturday at noon. Orange County Natural History Museum located at the park entrance; call before visiting to confirm museum is open. (949) 831-3287.