Orange County: A Day Hiker's Guide
Salt Creek Trail offers a tour of the good life, Orange County-style. It begins at Salt Creek Beach, a lovely, 1.5 mile-long sand strand, skirts the Ritz-Carlton Hotel grounds, turns inland and leads past the Monarch Beach Golf Links, then ascends through a long greenbelt park into the heart of Laguna Niguel. Salt Creek Trail is popular with south Orange County locals, particularly exercise walkers. The paved path crosses the community of Dana Point, the city of Laguna Niguel, as well as three parks: Salt Creek Beach Park, Salt Creek Regional Park and Chapparosa Community Park. While the trail is a multi-use path, and open to cyclists, it’s mostly a travel corridor for those on foot—walkers, joggers, and stroller-pushing moms and dads. Beach-bound bicyclists prefer to zoom along the bike path paralleling Niguel Road—a far speedier route than Salt Creek Trail.