HIKING IN OC
This hike is intended to replace the Chiquito Falls hike that was supposed to be on this day but moved out due to a birthday party celebration that night on the same day.
The good thing is this hiking location is much closer and will still give us a great conditioning workout!!!
Distance: 8.2 miles (full distance)
Time: ~3 hours
Difficulty: Strenuous (if doing the entire trail)
Elevation gain: 2,769 ft
Note that this is NOT a beginner hike. Although it is considered advanced level, most likely we'll do a shorter version to set it more at an intermediate level.
The plan is to start the hike at 7 AM and to finish by 11 AM. Since this is only 4 hours, most likely we'll only do part of the trail. But we still have the option to continue further depending on how we feel.
More about this trail
Boat Canyon is a terrific 8.2 mile hike in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, climbing up above Boat Canyon, dropping down to Laguna Canyon Road and climbing back up again before returning to the trailhead — it’s a serious workout! There are fantastic ocean views and it makes a fun hike to do in the evening with the trail lit by the full moon.
The trail begins at Gate #14 at the end of Dartmoor Street in Laguna Beach. One advantage to this entrance is that there is free parking on the street. Remember that this is a residential neighborhood, so be respectful and keep the noise down. The official parking lots for Laguna Coast Wilderness charge $3.
Pass the gate and head up the hill on Boat Road. At the first junction, you can take a short detour to the left for panoramic views up and down the Orange County coastline, including Laguna Beach and Newport Coast. Backtrack to the junction and continue up Boat Road. The next junction comes at the ridge. You’ll turn left here and head down Bommer Ridge.
Take the steep Big Bend Trail (the first right) down almost all the way to Laguna Canyon Road. The trail is well marked to the left and the Big Bend parking area, but take the lesser traveled trail to the right. This trail parallels Laguna Canyon Road back towards the coast before finally turning back uphill on the steep Laguna Ridge Trail.
When you reach the top of the ridge, you’ll jog to the right about five yards and turn left on Boat Road, returning the way you came and completing the loop.