Laurel Canyon Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This hike begins with a scenic footpath that proceeds up an
open valley into a riparian canyon featuring several seasonal
stream crossings and the 50-foot Laurel Canyon Falls. Fire
roads then lead to an ocean overlook and an easy downhill
back to your car."
--Randy Vogel, Best Easy Day Hikes: Orange County (Falcon Guides).
"The best single hike within the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park is surely the secluded Laguna Canyon loop. Though it lies close to the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor tollway, that roadway and much associated urban development is hidden from both sight and sound along most of the route. Volunteers frequently staff a booth at the Willow Canyon staging area, offering tips about the logistics of hiking in the park as well as natural history."
--Jerry Schad and David Money Harris, Afoot & Afield: Orange County (Wilderness Press).
"Laguna Coast Wilderness Park is the Orange County of the 19th century, a lovely diversity of landscapes highlighted by woodlands, grasslands and scenic ridgelines with handsome sandstone outcroppings. The 6,500-acre park also contains Orange County’s only natural lakes, which provide habitat for fish as well as for such waterfowl as geese, grebes, coots, cormorants and kingfishers. James Irvine and his partners purchased the one-time Rancho San Joaquin in 1865 and the company grazed cattle on it for more than a century. Now, with the Irvine Company’s cooperation, substantial acreage in and around Laguna Canyon is becoming parkland under the stewardship of Orange County Harbors, Beaches and Parks."
--John McKinney, Orange County: A Day Hiker's Guide (The Trailmaster).
"This picturesque loop explores the upper reaches of the park
through Laurel and Willow Canyons. The two adjacent canyons,
filled with oaks and sycamores, run parallel to each other, divided by Willow Ridge. The scenic ridge overlooks the San Joaquin Hills, the coastal canyons, and the Pacific Ocean. Laurel Canyon is a hiking-only, stream-fed riparian corridor with large, weather-sculpted sandstone formations."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes Around Orange County (Day Hike Books).
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