Best Easy Day Hikes: Orange County
by Randy Vogel (Falcon Guides)
© 2009 Randy Vogel/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
We started out just after sunset, so we missed the bugs and crowds and got the beautiful stars and city lights. No wildlife to speak of, though there were a few mtn bikers.
Headed up to Alta Laguna park around 12:30, and after checking the nice coastal vistas, headed out along West Ridge. It is a busy trail with plenty of mountain bikers and hikers, but I can guarantee on clear day some sweet views, basically Santiago, Modjeska, Cucamonga, Ontario and San Antonio Peaks dot the horizon...when the Santa Anas blow this place will put on a show...today was a bit hazy. If you're up for it, I agree with another review and would have stayed in the canyon longer coming back up the Rock-It or Mathis Trail.
Trail was of moderate difficulty. Mostly flat and hard-packed with a steep winding trail into the canyon and a steep straight route out. Take the loop in a clockwise direction. If I was going again, I would strongly suggest by-passing the return portion of the loop and staying in the canyon for longer, returning to West Ridge as marked on the map.
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