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Boat Canyon-Laguna Coast Wilderness (Level 2+: Mod+/Strenuous)

  • Apr 20, 2013 · 2:45 PM
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THIS IS GREAT FOR THE MODERATE-FAST PACE, REGULAR HIKERS WITH STEEP HILLS and VERY FEW STOPS! We will have a great workout hills hike. The ocean views from the cliff at the end of Boat Canyon are like Hawaii, absolutely stunning!--- Boat Canyon above Laguna Beach

DEPARTURE TIME : 2:45-2:50 PM (hope for overcast else we will change to early morning)

DURATION/DISTANCE/ELEVATION: Plan on about  3+/- hours for 8.5+ miles RT, with about 2300 ft vertical gain and about that much loss.

GENERAL RATING/DIFFICULTY: Level 2+ or in between moderate and strenuous on elevation, distance and pace. Please check RATING TABLE for more info about difficulty levels (Dur 2+, Dis 2+, E 2+, S 2+)

NOTE: If we have a group signs up for shorter time and distance, that'll be about 2 hours, 1400ft gain and about 6 miles turning around before going the full lollipop loop.

CLICK THIS LINK to read more about skill levels

ROUTE : We will meet at Gate 14 of Laguna Coast Wilderness. Since this is a residential area, we'll limit number of participants, only RSVP if you are sure to go. Boat Canyon is a ridge above Laguna Beach, after a mile uphill, we'll stop the lookout, then continue on Boat Canyon Rd to Boomer Ridge Rd before making a lollipop down Big Bend trail to Laguna CoastWilderness/Laguna Canyon 133. The back up hill Laguna Ridge trail is steep, single track less than a mile, then we'll be back down Boat Canyon Rd to the trailhead.

ESSENTIALS : wear good traction hiking shoes, bring water, snacks and flashlight. There is no shade on this hike, but a great view at sunset and nice moon rise if it's clear. Bring wind breaker or a jacket as it's still cool near the ocean.

DIRECTIONS : We meet at Gate 14
Yahoo Map or Google to Dunnegan Dr and Dartmoor St, Laguna Beach. Please map your direction before hand and don't rely on your GPS alone as the trailhead is a bit tricky to find. Dartmoor St and Hillcrest Dr signs are under the tree branches, so it's tough for first time driving here. From Pacific Coast Hwy going south (pass Newport Beach, Corona Del Mar, Crystal Cove before reach to Laguna Beach), turn left on San Joaquin St (Viejo is the next light street), right on HILLCREST DR, Turn Left on DARTMOOR ST drive to the end.
From PCH going North pass Laguna Beach turn right on San Joaquin St (right after you pass Viejo, the street with light), right on HILLCREST DR, Turn Left on DARTMOOR ST drive to the end


***By joining the meetup, you agree to Meetup Terms of Service releases the Organizer and Assistant Organizers from any liability related to incidents that occur at Meetup gatherings*** ***Hiking is a rewarding and pleasant activity in nature, but there are certain dangers you should be aware of. Those include, but are not limited to, trip and fall injuries, bee stings, poison oak exposure, ticks, mountain lions, coyote, snake bites or wildlife. By signing up for this event, you agree to hold harmless the hike organizer, assistant organizers and other participants for any injuries sustained during this hike***



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  • Lily

    Thanks David for helping the group. It was a great short workout and nice to meet with Heather, Joanne and Saeed. Glad to see Todd, Stella, Joanna, Ina, Sri and Ami again :-)

    By the way, I can't find Joanne's name on the list. We would never find out whether she got left behind or not, Ami :-)

    1 · April 22, 2013

    • Pin

      Thanks for asking, Lily. Rest assured, Jo Ann and I made it back to our cars in one piece after a cool (literally as well as figuratively) hike, but I have no idea why her name no longer appears on the attendee list. :-)

      April 22, 2013

    • Lily

      Thanks Ami for the report, I found Jo Ann, not Joanne :-)

      April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Your welcome Lily. If I don't see you on a hike during the week, see you out in the desert on Sunday. BTW, I have room for one more now in my car if anyone else would like to carpool.

    April 22, 2013

  • Ina

    Alan and I had a great time today. Thank you for planning such a nice hike Lily.

    April 20, 2013

    • Lily

      Ina, I can't find Michelle on the members list, did she sign in with the last name or initial?

      April 22, 2013

  • Pin

    Gorgeous day, beautiful hike.

    April 21, 2013

  • Ina

    Greast Hike

    April 20, 2013

  • Saeed

    Heavy traffic in laguna fway. Take newport

    April 20, 2013

  • Lily

    David will meet with you all 2:50 pm and go up to the lookout, I will meet you all when you walk back to the main trail at top. See you all then!

    April 20, 2013

  • Mindy W.

    Sorry, running late today, won't be able to make it.

    April 20, 2013

  • Ina

    Would like the two hour version :}

    April 19, 2013

  • Mickie H.


    April 17, 2013

  • jerry B.

    I will Go at 8 am

    April 6, 2013

    • Lily

      With a group or by yourself, Jerry? It is better morning, but the group will have more options for afternoon. We have a tough workout morning with Marlin/Mike already, so this is an afternoon workout. You usually are busy morning, aren't you?

      April 7, 2013

    • jerry B.

      I normally work in the morning, but not today, I will be there at 8 am with a friend who wants to do Boat Canyon. I also want to stop by Charlene's Beach Party in the afternoon

      April 8, 2013

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