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Aliso Summit Trail

Hike along the ridge line of Aliso and Wood Canyons Regional Park to a wonderful view of the ocean.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 6.7 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview :  This hike along the southern ridge of the Aliso and Wood Canyons Regional Park is fairly easy, with only a short moderate hill at the ... more »

Tips:  The trailhead is located in Laguna Niguel (near Mission Viejo) at the intersection of Highlands Avenue and Ridgeview Drive. To get... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead

The parking here is just street parking, no parking lot, or spaces. There aren't any restrooms located here either.

2. View of Aliso & Wood Canyons Park

Approximately 3,900 acres of wilderness and natural open space land. Originally, part of the Juaneno or Acajchemem tribal land, it later was owned by Don Juan Avila, Louis Moulton, The Mission Viejo Company and now is under the jurisdiction of OC Parks. Within the park lands are mature oaks, sycamores, and elderberry trees, two year round streams ... More

3. Turn right here

You will walk a little ways along the sidewalk.

4. Turn right here

Another junction, turn right towards the park ahead.

5. Follow the dirt path to your right

There is a water fountain located here.

6. Viewpoint

The hardest part of the hike, as well as the best view of the ocean lies ahead.

The trail is a bit steep going down, and you will need to come back up it as well.

7. Keep straight for the summit.

The trail here to your left is the South Laguna Ridge Trail and will take you to Badlands Park.

8. Aliso Peak Summit and View of the Beach

You've reached the top! Aliso Beach is down to the right below you.