Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Laguna Niguel: Address, Phone Number, Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
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rpcverin
Anaheim, CA43 contributions
Perfectly Average Park
Jun 2020
Major con to start off my review: it's surprisingly difficult to find the entrance. I put the address into my GPS and it took me to a service entrance (not the first time this has happened with California parks, unfortunately). I ended up zooming out on the map, taking my best, a couple of right turns, and eventually finding the lot. Many people park on the side of the road or use alternate access points to avoid the fee, but it's only $3, so it's not a hardship since it isn't per hour. It's an automatic pay station rather than an attendant.

Trail maps were readily available, which I appreciated since I went to hike. There are a lot of different options that are rated easy to difficult. I noticed that there are some inconsistencies though - signage in the park rated some trails differently than the map does - so proceed with caution. Most of the trails are between .5 and 1.5 miles, although there are some more and some less.

There's something called the Dripping Cave at this park, which was the reason I chose to go to this park after reading a review about it. It's exactly not at all exciting, so don't go out of your way to see it unless you are already there.

The major reason that I'm giving this park three stars instead of something higher is because my experience was significantly hampered by mountain bikers. Almost all of the trails are multi-use and I found myself spending a significant amount of time jumping into the bushes to dodge bikers, whether it was a steep hill or a flat road. They were literally everywhere and many of them were not being particularly cautious of the fact that there might be other people around. I went on a Friday morning, so I can't imagine ever attempting to visit this park on a weekend... I would have gotten hit for sure. This being said, if you are a mountain biker, it might be a great park for you.
Written June 12, 2020
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Tourist828101
97 contributions
Nature surrounded by Civilization
Feb 2020
One will not realize that this park is right under the umbrella of Orange Co. Outstanding hiking trails for all levels of hikers. The views are exhilarating.
Just the "right" amount of hills. And they are not so steep like Mt Everest.
Written March 10, 2020
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Steve
Laguna Niguel, CA14 contributions
Almost Wilderness
Oct 2019
I've walked/hiked here for almost 15 years. It's not exciting, but it's fun to look for the wildflowers in the spring. There used to be a resident blue heron, but not much wildlife otherwise. The cyclists can be rude and inconsiderate of walkers, but it's usuallya positive experience.
Written November 5, 2019
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FGU
Laguna Hills, CA93 contributions
Trails for every ability
Sep 2019
I have friends who have been everywhere in the park. I have done quite a bit of it but what I like is that there are so many easy trails and so many that can be really challenging. Bring your own water, and facilities are scarce but that is okay because it really feels like a wilderness in the middle of south Orange County.
Written October 13, 2019
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Tamara S
Grandville, Michigan, United States28 contributions
I needed to run and looked for a unique place off-road with trails, scenery, and not too many hills.
Aug 2019
The trails were not terrifically well-marked but a local pointed me on a very nice route. There was a warning about the danger of mountain lions which was a bit disconcerting, but I ran anyway and had no encounters.
Written September 12, 2019
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rayu
Laguna Niguel, CA276 contributions
Great exercisa
Jun 2019 • Couples
We walk one of the trails 3 times a week. It's a great workout - we usually do 2 or 2.5 miles. It gets our heart rate up and it's good for us.
Written June 4, 2019
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Mike A
Laguna Niguel, CA3 contributions
Hike
May 2019 • Couples
Great place to go for a casual hike or off road bike ride. Can make it as easy or as difficult as you choose. Recommend.
Written May 7, 2019
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Debbie H
Laguna Niguel, CA97 contributions
Nice hike
Nov 2018 • Friends
Nice hike. Great hiking or roars or my biking for family! Outhouses available. My favorite place to go with so many levels you can do. Nice to pack a picnic and eat in a beautiful spot. With the fires everything was cleaned up and growing. Not too many hiking places left with Irvine company building homes, condos and apartments all o we the hills in Irvinecand Laguna Canyon.
Written January 13, 2019
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Circular-Triangle
Laguna Niguel, CA3 contributions
Wilderness in the Suburbs
Nov 2018 • Friends
I've been hiking these hills for years... great local getaway. Mountain bikers and hikers share the trails with great respect.
Written November 6, 2018
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ashu483
Laguna Niguel, CA3 contributions
Love my walks there!
May 2018 • Family
Such fabulous views in the middle of our lovely city! I love taking all my friends & family & infant my MIL just enjoyed her walk there!
Written October 2, 2018
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