West Ridge Trail

Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, California

Elevation Gain795ft
Trailhead Elevation663ft
Elevation Min/Max663/1002ft
Elevation Start/End663/663ft

West Ridge Trail

West Ridge Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Orange County, California. It is within Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 663 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 795 feet. This trail connects with the following: Mathis Canyon Trail, Edison Trail, Stairstep Trail, Cholla Trail and Lynx Trail.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Orange County (Falcon Guides)
Randy Vogel
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"This scenic hike descends the long, scenic ridge that separates Laguna and Woods Canyons. At the end of the ridge, you take a short loop hike into Woods Canyon before returning to the ridge trail and then back to your starting point. This hike has it all, including vistas of the Pacific Ocean from the heights above Laguna Beach and a visit to the depths of a coastal canyon shaded by ancient oaks and sycamores. Starting atop Alta Laguna Boulevard, you descend to the north along the West Ridge Trail as it undulates along the ridge separating busy Laguna Canyon from the quiet solitude of Wood Canyon." Read more

West Ridge Trail Reviews

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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.
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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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Trail Information

Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
Nearby City
Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel 92677; (949) 923-2200; www.ocparks.com/alisoandwoodcanyons
Local Contacts
USGS Laguna Beach, San Juan Capistrano
Local Maps

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Dec 2018