South Coast Wilderness in Orange County. This hike is harder than it seems for a 4.8 mile loop because there are two sections where the trail goes up and back down again, so be prepared for a decent amount of elevation change. The only down side to hiking here is the limited amount of hours the parking lot is open. The lot is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and parking costs $3. For the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park brochure, click Here. For a hiking trail map for the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, click Here.
Here. This hike also seemed to have a lot of cactus near the trail, so be careful! On weekends and weekdays you are likely to see other hikers and family's out hiking here as it is a popular Orange County Hiking Spot.
Nix Nature Center. As Laguna Coast Wilderness Park's headquarters, the Nix Nature Center is the gateway for hikers to explore a vast network of linked trails throughout the 20,000 acre South Coast Regional Wilderness. The nature center's picture windows frame four main views into the surrounding parklands, challenging visitors of all ages to consider the wilderness from various perspectives. An easy loop trail just outside the center encourages visitors to appreciate the park's natural beauty. Restrooms with changing tables, drinking fountains, picnic tables, free maps and nature-oriented merchandise are available on site. Bottom line is this is a great hike in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park and it is only minutes away from many South Orange County Cities.
Rating: Elevation Gain: 400 ft. (Moderate), Distance: 4.8 Miles Roundtrip (Moderate).
Time to Complete Hike: 2 - 2.5 hours.
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