Sunset at Boat Canyon/Laguna Coast Wilderness (Levels 2 to 3+)

  • June 29, 2013 · 5:00 PM
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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 ---(sunset 8:06)


DURATION/DISTANCE/ELEVATION: Plan on about 2-3 hours for 6-8.5+ miles RT, with about[masked] ft vertical gain and about that much loss

General Rating/Difficulty: Levels 2 to 3+: strenuous for elevation, distance and pace. CLICK RATING TABLE to read more about skill levels

Note:  Please indicate if you RSVP for Level 2, so we will form a group for shorter time and distance, that'll be about 2 hours and about 6 miles turning around before going the full lollipop loop.

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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  • A former member
    A former member

    Your welcome, fantastic as always! A wonderful group of people and the sunset driving up PCH after the hike was just spectacular.

    1 · July 2, 2013

  • Vish K.

    Thanks Lily for organizing the hike and Thanks Jerry, David and Dennis for leading and sweeping. It was a great hike with beautiful views. Hope to hike with y'all again sometime soon.

    July 2, 2013

  • Lily

    Thanks again Jerry and David for helping the group. Thanks to Dennis too. I guess it was cooling when you hiked, I did on Sunday morning and it was so hot even we went early, but felt like 90s at 8AM. I hope to see you all soon this Thursday.

    July 2, 2013

  • Lina S.

    Had a great time! Nice people, amazing views...;) Thank you all! Have a nice Sunday!

    June 29, 2013

  • jerry B.

    What a Great Evening For a Hike, Hope our level 2 hikers got a glimpse of the Amazing Sunset, Thanks Dennis for leading them back. Congrats to our thrill seekers Peter the pace setter, Beautiful Lina, and our 2 Daredevils Michael and Angela... Great Job Tonight.. Always a pleasure to hike with you David and Special Thanks to Lily for putting it all together, Great workout, Fun Group with Beautiful Views... We are blessed

    1 · June 29, 2013

  • Lily

    Greetings and sending a note in case you don't see me at the beginning of the hike. If you signed up for level 2, you may feel the group is a bit fast; however, David McCoy will show you the turn around point, so you don't have to join on the strenuous loop (down hill first, up hill later). Those of you are ready for level 3, Jerry/Gerry/Vance will be with you and I will see you by the time you get down to the Laguna Canyon Rd. See you all later!

    1 · June 29, 2013

    • Lily

      I am so sorry for the last minutes. Hope you all got a great workout. I am penalty myself for a workout early tomorrow morning at 6 AM, I will see you all next sunset hike. Thanks again Jerry, David McCoy and everyone who helped the group today

      June 29, 2013

  • Steve

    Sorry... Have to cancel. I have a conflict. Have a great time!

    June 29, 2013

  • Rekha B.

    levels 2

    June 29, 2013

  • Cee-Mobile Spa Dreams E.

    Sorry Lily, I have someone coming in the afternoon to work on my bathroom and air conditioner; I hope to see and hike w you and everyone soon!

    June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I came down with flu. I need to cancel,

    June 27, 2013

  • Lily

    Update the group as I shifted the meetup time to 5 PM instead of 5:30PM in case we like to spend more time on the trail and not pushing it to the dark (the park is closed at sunset, so we try to see the sunset at the lookout point and back to the trailhead without using the flashlight)

    If your plan to be at 5:30PM as originally, please indicate us with a note, we'll wait for you. If you are in level 2 group, you'll finish it in about 2 hours or just take your time to meet with the faster level group. If you are in the fast group, then even if you start later, you'll be okay to be out on time!

    See you all this Sat.!

    June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, Lily, can I bring my dog on this hike?

    June 3, 2013

    • Lily

      Ben, dog is not allowed at Laguna Coast Wilderness

      June 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you.

      June 14, 2013

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