(Main Beach taken from Water Tank Hiking Trail in Laguna Beach, California)
All you need to do is turn your back to the sea (if you can!) and face the hills. If you look carefully, you will see the trails criss-crossing the upper-ridges of the hillsides.
Most Laguna Beach hiking trails are accessible for the public to hike, mountain-bike, and trail-run. You are guaranteed great cardio-exercise and if the hill climbs don't leave you breathless, the stunning panoramic views of the coast will!!
(Aliso Golf Course from St Tropez Trail)
All Laguna Beach Hiking Trails
|Perhaps the most visible sign of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park and the incredible hiking trails it contains is the public parking lot at Willow Canyon. This lot is located on Laguna Canyon Road just south of El Toro. Public parking here costs $3.00 per vehicle, which is paid for at the automated meter located in the gravel parking lot.|
|The parking lot is open from 8am to 5pm and will give you great access up through willow canyon up to connecting trails that will bring you to Bommer Ridge Trail and Serrano Ridge Trail. Use this parking lot as a staging point for some of the best hiking trails in North Laguna Beach!|
South Laguna Hiking Trails
Aliso and Woods Canyon Wilderness Park
* Aliso Peak Hiking Trail – possibly the best coastal views in the south
* Toovet Hiking Trail – gradual climb, great views!
* Valido Hiking Trail – some steep climbs, several single tracks!
While planning your trip, be sure to visit Franko's Maps to get a comprehensive trail map of the South Coast Wilderness area!! Frankos Maps provide extensive information regarding trail locations, elevation, wildlife, and rules of the trail! Every time I take visitors and locals out on a hike, I bring along one of Frankos Maps! There’s always a new trail to explore, and Franko helps you find them!
Here are some additional free Laguna Beach Hiking Trail Maps
Whenever your hiking in Laguna Beach, always make sure to bring plenty of drinking water, sunblock, a hat or cap, a light sweater, and good shoes!! And remember, these are wilderness areas so its common to come face-to-face with deer, rabbits, red-tailed hawk, and possibly some other surprises!! Laguna Beach hiking trails will not leave you disappointed!
If mountain biking is more your style, you can rent great equipment at Rainbow Bicycle Co. RBC has been serving Laguna Beach cycling enthusiasts for over twenty years. Their helpful staff can get you into the gear you need and keep you up-to-date on the current trail conditions.
Do you have a favorite hiking trail or fun story about hiking along the Laguna Beach coastline? Share it!