Directions to Trailhead: To get to the hiking trail at the Mission Viejo Wilderness Glen, there are several options, the easiest is to park at Del Lago Elementary School in Mission Viejo. Del Lago Elementary School's address is 27181 Entidad Mission Viejo, CA 92691-1099. Coming from the 5 freeway exit on Alicia Parkway and head toward the Santa Ana Mountains (Mission Viejo). Proceed a couple miles and make a left onto Trabuco Rd, proceeded by a right onto Los Alisos (The next Light). Follow Los Alisos for a couple miles and make a left onto Entidad, the school is there on the right side. The trailhead begins there across on the other side of Entidad.
Description of Hike: The total length of the Wilderness Glen hiking trail in Mission Viejo is about 2 miles long, out and back, so 4 miles roundtrip if you hike the whole trail. Parts of the trail are paved and other parts are not, but the trail is in good shape and is relatively flat. At each of the street crossings, there are paths that go under the bridges, don't take those paths as they do not connect to the main Wilderness Glen trail. Once you get close to Trabuco road, sections of the trail, get difficult to follow and you will have to cross a concrete drainage basin. The overall elevation gain for the whole Wilderness Glen hiking trail is about 300 ft. This is an easy hike. There is a little stream that flows through the valley along the entire length of trail. Overall the Wilderness Glen comprises over 100 acres of open space. It is also surrounded by several other large sections of open space and wilderness preserves that give this Mission Viejo hike a more wilderness feel in an urban setting. However, if you are looking to get away from an urban setting this hike is not for you. There is no charge for parking. Free is a great price. The Mission Viejo Wilderness Glen is located near our Mission Viejo Open Space hike.
While on this hike we saw several bird nests and currently there is a nesting pair of hawks near the trailhead by Del Lago elementary school. It was amazing to us how much noise the nesting park of hawks made. We also saw several rabbits and ground squirrels on the hike. This is a popular trail and you will likely see people out and about on the trail when you go. Overall it is a nice urban hiking trail in Mission Viejo and is fun to do if you are not looking for a true wilderness setting. There are also other trails available across the street in the open space on the hill by Vista Del Lago as well.
Time to Complete Hike: 1.5 - 2.5 hours.
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