Aliso Peak Trail is a hiking trail in Orange County, California. It is within Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 758 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 325 feet.
Aliso Peak Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This neighborhood trail on the ridge overlooking Aliso Canyon doubles as a firebreak that separates the huge hilltop mansions from the fire-prone sage scrub in the canyon. The mellow hike is popular with locals because of its sweeping views. Cyclists connect with city streets for a hilly loop."
--Jerry Schad and David Money Harris, Afoot & Afield: Orange County (Wilderness Press).
"Aliso Peak is located at the southern end of Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park near the Pacific coastline. The trail climbs up rugged Valido Canyon, an unspoiled stream-fed canyon, to a saddle on the ridge at the head of the canyon. From the saddle, two trail options head toward Aliso Peak. The level Toovet Trail, perched on the cliffs, loops around the south-facing cliff to the ocean side of Aliso Peak. The Aliso Peak Trail climbs directly to the 623-foot summit. From the peak are phenomenal vistas up and down the coastline."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes Around Orange County (Day Hike Books).
"The Aliso Summit Trail is a little known gem discretely perched on the steep cliffs of Aliso Canyon. It is tucked behind the gated community of Coronado Pointe in Laguna Niguel and borders the east boundary of Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. The serpentine trail follows 800-foot-high cliffs on the east rim of the canyon. Throughout the hike are views of the stream-fed Aliso Canyon and the Pacific Ocean."
"Aliso Peak is a 623-foot oceanfront summit with a bird’s-eye view of Laguna Beach and the coastline. Three routes lead to the peak, which is located at the southern tip of Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. This trail winds through the gated Laguna Sur residential area from the southeast, overlooking the coastal cliffs to the sea. The trail connects with the Aliso Peak Trail, following a ridge between Aliso Canyon and Valido Canyon to the Aliso Peak summit."
"Some hikers claim that the scenic overlook perched on a promontory in Seaview Park offers Orange County’s best coastal view. Certainly the vistas from this obscure Laguna Niguel park are breathtaking, whether one is gazing down-slope to the hills back of Laguna Beach or down-coast all the way to San Clemente. The park’s overlook offers a particularly intriguing angle on Catalina Island, which appears so deceptively close on the horizon that you imagine you could hop in your kayak and in no time paddle right into Avalon Harbor. On clear nights, the isle’s lights are quite distinct, too."
--John McKinney, Orange County: A Day Hiker's Guide (The Trailmaster).
"Seaview Park straddles the crest of 936-foot Niguel Hill on the east boundary of Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. The ridge-top park sits on the cliffs 800 feet above Aliso Canyon and borders a residential neighborhood. At the west end of the park is the Seaview Park Overlook, a platform with displays perched on the ridge. The sweeping vistas span across the South Coast Wilderness Parks, the San Joaquin Hills, Aliso Canyon, Laguna Beach, the scalloped coastline, the communities within Saddleback Valley, and the Santa Ana Mountains. The trail follows the oceanfront ridge to Aliso Peak, where the hill dramatically drops 623 feet into the sea."
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