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Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

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Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

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28373 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677-1355
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San Juan Capistrano Station96 min
Laguna Niguel / Mission Viejo Station54 min
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rpcverin wrote a review Jun 2020
Anaheim, California44 contributions15 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Tourist828101 wrote a review Mar 2020
95 contributions7 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Steve wrote a review Nov 2019
Laguna Niguel, California14 contributions
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.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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FGU wrote a review Oct 2019
Laguna Hills, California58 contributions13 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Tamara S wrote a review Sep 2019
Grandville, Michigan, United States28 contributions9 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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