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Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

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Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

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18751 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-0300
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Have Fun Tours has been in business for over 12 years. As native Californians, we have extensive knowledge of local tourist spots and hidden gems. We leverage our familiarity with the places where we tour to create a one-of-a-kind VIP experience for you and your loved ones.<br><br>We tap into our network of reputable companies, popular theme parks, and influential people in Hollywood and surrounding areas to provide you with exclusive travel deals. Aside from public tours, we offer special private trips that feature once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. We always come up with new ways to design tours that match your thirst for adventure. <br><br>With the Hollywood Tour, the coup d'etat is our stop by the live outdoor taping of a TV show, Access Hollywood, hosted by our dear friend, Mario Lopez. This is limited to Wednesdays through the end of the year until January 1, 2020 when it will be available M - F. <br><br>We also offer SPANISH speaking tours.
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rockwood13 wrote a review Jun 2019
Needham, Massachusetts556 contributions82 helpful votes
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My family and I visited the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park twice in mid-May 2019. The first time we went we were looking for the Nix Nature Center parking area but somehow ended up at the Big Bend staging area of the park. After paying the $3.00 parking fee we started walking on part of the Stagecoach South trail and then began ascending the Big Bend trail. As we were all wearing sneakers and it had rained the night before we didn't have much luck on the Big Bend Trail. Parts of it were too steep for us and with the mud it was also very slippery in spots. Not the best trail for my arthritic knees so everyone except my son only made it a short distance on that trail before we had to turn back. While we were there we did see a lizard, a rabbit, a hummingbird and some beautiful flowers. After we returned to the parking lot we took the time to scrape the thick mud off of our shoes before entering our rental car and heading on. On the second visit to Laguna Coast Wilderness Park my son and I managed to actually find the Nix Nature Center park entrance. After parking we went to the visitor center which looked nice from the outside, but unfortunately was not open as the ranger was off doing something while other workers were doing maintenance work in the visitor center. We first walked the short interpretive Mary's trail which is adjacent to the visitor center. Then we took the longer easy walk to Barbara's Lake. This is a nice walk for people of all abilities and basically flat. As we went under the highway we saw an area with different animal tracks, some of which were possibly bobcat or coyote. When we got to Barbara's Lake we were able to watch several diving ducks which was interesting. From Barbara's Lake we took the Edison Trail which ascends one of the canyons. This trail is a good deal steeper than the Barbara's Lake trail but not really too hard. From the top of the hill you climb you can get some nice views of the area surrounding the Nix Nature Center. We followed the Edison Trail until it met up with the Gravel Trail which we took back down to join up with the Barbara's Lake trail and return to the parking area. The Gravel Trail is somewhat steep in places but as we were going downhill it wasn't too hard even for my arthritic knees. While on the trails near the Nix Nature Center we saw flowering cacti, other flowers, humming birds, lizards, a frog, different birds, a squirrel on a rock and a red tail hawk that flew not too high above our heads. My son and I only saw a lone hiker and a small group of people doing maintenance to the trails so we basically had the park to ourselves. Based on our experience the Laguna Coast Wildnerness Park is a beautiful place to go for a nature walk where you can see many types of animals and plants. At $3.00 the parking is very reasonable and there are trails with different levels of difficulty which differ in length from short to long. Just remember that if you plan to do any of the more steep hikes it is best not to go after it has rained as the trails can be very muddy and slippery.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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John S wrote a review May 2019
Bristol, United Kingdom366 contributions126 helpful votes
We enjoyed a short hike up the trail but were disappointed to find that the toilets at the car park were in a very dirty condition. They need to be checked more frequently.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Mike G wrote a review Feb 2019
Providence, Rhode Island4,842 contributions260 helpful votes
Not their fault but the area is closed because of rain and poor trail conditions as of 2/12/19. With more rain on the way who knows when it will be open. Call ahead to check.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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Paul S wrote a review Jul 2018
Costa Mesa, California1,585 contributions280 helpful votes
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There's a lot to see here and we ended up dropping by twice. Others have commented on the trails and such so here's some logistical items: 1. Water and snacks. We visited in June and it was warm. Very warm. Probably not the best day to be hiking in the heat but it's a beautiful area. The trails are steep so bring water, snacks, and a hat. 2. Good shoes are must along with a camera. 3. The trails are on both sides of the 133 - don't miss that. 4. Geocaches. If you're into geocaching, bring you mobile device and your geo-stealth and have a good time. 5. The visitor's center is very nice although on the first visit appeared to be un-staffed but open. Go figure. 6. Getting there. Vehicles move very fast up and down the 133. The main parking area is on the west side of the 133. Depending upon where you're coming from, I might recommend using the 405 and taking the 133 south. Then you can make a right turn into the parking lot. When you exit the park, make a right turn and take the 133 south to the 73 north and south on-ramps or just continue under the 73 to El Toro Road back north to the 405. Seems a bit round about but the speed of the traffic on the 133 made cross the 133 to head back north a bit uncomfortable. Plan on spending at least a couple of hours here.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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restless_roamer_718 wrote a review May 2018
Denver, Colorado83 contributions8 helpful votes
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When I visit family near the Laguna Beach/Irvine/Orange County area...it can be kind of challenging for me to find a spot that doesn’t feel like I’m caged in suburbia. That being said, I was floored when I stumbled on coming here as it without a doubt highlights one of my favorite hikes and places in Southern California now! I came alone on a cold and misty day— turned out to be the best time for me to go for a stroll since I didn’t have to worry about many snakes etc...and the climate was perfect for the moderate hike. What I loved is how secluded and tranquil this entire space feels—I’m so grateful for finding my new haven in CA! That being said, it is a great place to: picnic, read/study (I’m a student so I appreciate the beautiful landscape with a good read), take the kiddos for a nature exploratory day or simply stroll the vibrant trails as you are filled of botanical aromas and huge smiles : ) If you’d like some more ideas on places to visit in the area, follow me on instagram @restless_roamer_ ! Enjoy your time at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park! : )
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Date of experience: April 2018
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