Laguna Beach is a small sun-swept coastal city of California that offers some amazing pristine beaches for all its visitors. However, what is not known about the place is that the city is endowed with amazing natural surroundings all around it too. There are more than twenty thousand acres of pure wilderness that can make it a superb hiking option for all sorts of adventure enthusiasts. There are county designated wilderness areas as well as beautiful state parks where a trail can be worth all the pain involved in it. We highlight here some of the best hiking trails that can be worth participating.
The Laguna Coast Wilderness offers a complete hiking experience for all types of adrenaline junkies. The route goes up and following the ridges enters into the canyon so that a mesmerizing view can be awaited. Starting right from the Emerald Canyon where the Emerald Canyon Road ends, it goes up to 1.8 miles till the crossing of the Old Emerald Trail. Here, one can move to the right of the Old Emerald Trail and scale for about 0.7 miles so that the Bommer Ridge Trail intersection can be reached at its peak.
After reaching the Bommer Ridge Trail, there can be a lot of options for making the descent. Hikers can take the straight road down through the Laguna Ridge Trail into the Laguna Canyon or take a right through the Boat Road to the Emerald Canyon. A different loop can also be taken from the Laguna Bowl trails or the Water Tank to add an additional 1.5 miles to a hike. Either way, each trail will offer stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, the Laguna Beach, and the Pacific Coast Highway.
The Pacific Ridge Trailhead offers amazing interior trails into the Crystal Cove State Park and the Laguna Coast Wilderness. The towering 7,000 acres Laguna Coast can be entered from the northwest Pacific Ridge and the sublime Pacific Ocean can be seen while going to the Catalan Island. While taking the east, the Santa Ana Mountains and the Santiago Peak can also be seen from here. The Pacific Ridge Trailhead starts from the Ridge Park Road and by following the southeast trail for about two miles, it will lead down towards the ocean.
There are many intersections along the way that lead to the Willow Canyon and the Emerald Canyon. Another 1.8-mile walk will lead a hiker to the endpoint intersection of the Boat Road, Laguna Ridge and the Water Tank.
The B.F.I. is an amazing trail that can get a hiker’s heart pumping and is also the best way of getting into a large number of trails that are there in the Crystal Cove State Park. The Park offers more than 2,400 acres of woodlands, mountains, coastal canyons and beaches so that the California coast can be enjoyed in all its grandeur. The trail starts from the beach and ascends from the Moro Ridge so that outstanding views can be expected on the way.
To start the trail, enter the Crystal Cove State Park from the Crystal Cove El Moro Campground entry that is situated adjacent to the El Moro Elementary School. After crossing the Campground descend into the El Moro Canyon towards the parking area. From the northeast side of the parking area, and opposite the tunnel, the road to the beach opens up. The same route is also shared with the El Moro Canyon Trail.
The classic Loop Hike of the Crystal Cove is a very popular hiking option in the area. There are multiple trails that can be available on this type of hike. It is a 5-mile trek and approximately two hours can be required to complete it. There will be ample photo opportunities on the way as the elevation can be anything in between 35 to 740 feet. The trail starts from the El Moro Visitor Center and passes through the East Cut Across, B.F.I., Moro Canyon and the Moro Ridge. It can be a Difficult Loop Trail due to the steep gradient involved in it. However, upon finishing it and returning to the beach, hikers can feel absolutely satisfying.
These are some of the best hiking trails that can be enjoyed near Laguna Beach and participating in any of them can be quite a refreshing experience.