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Barbara's Lake Loop @ Woods End (Beg./Adv. Beg.)

  • May 7, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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Let's take a Scenic Stress Free hike to Barbara's Lake !

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ABOUT THIS HIKE: The James Dilley Greenbelt Preserve is part of the Laguna Coast Wilderness. The trail system is made up of utility dirt roads. 

We will enter at the Woods End Access up a steep short hill on the Ridgetop Fire rd. Our route will take us along the shoreline of Barbara's Lake which is the larger of the two naturally formed lakes in the OC. This lollipop loop doubles as the Bea Whittlesly Loop self-guiding nature trail. After enloying The Lake View, we will continue on the Lake trail to the James Dilley parking lot (porta potty avail.) then get on the Canyon Trail & accend up the Blackjack Trail "Short but Steep" to our starting point @ Wood's End & back to our car's at Hummingbird Park.

~ Please arrive 15min. early to allow for parking ~

Hike time: 6:00 PM Sharp

Sunset time:  7:35 PM

Distance: 4-5 miles

Duration: 1.5-2 hrs.

Ability Level: This hike is for Beginner/Adv. Beg. level hikers that are able to hike on uneven, rough, rocky terrain with some steep hills

Dificulity: Easy - Moderate

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Recommend: Bring water to hydrate.  There are bathrooms before we begin in the park.

Everyone can hike at their own pace, We are dedicated to taking beginner to intermediate level hikes while watching the sunset in OC, If you are a fast hiker, that's fine. If you are a slower hiker, that's fine too. We will regroup at all trail junctures, (No hiker will be left behind.)


From 405/5 North or South bound, Take El Toro towards Beach & Turn Left on Aliso Creek rd. & take the 1st. right on Hummingbird lane & park on street.

From 73 North or South bound, Take El Toro towards mountains & turn Right on Aliso Creek rd. & take the 1st. right on Hummingbird lane & park on street.

We will meet @ Hummingbird Park on (Corner of Aliso Creek rd. & Hummingbird Ln.) Hummingbird Ln Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

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Note:  Please, no smoking of any kind on our hikes.  We are always hiking in areas where fires are easily started by sparks and ash.  In addition, we want to enjoy the clean air and beauty of our surroundings.  Thank you for understanding.

Disclaimer: Group organizer and assistant organizers assume no liability; hike at your own risk. By being a member of this group you hereby agree to assume all risks and liability related to or resulting from any and all group functions. You agree that neither you nor any third party will hold any of the group's leaders, officers, or representatives liable for any injury, loss, or damage to your own person or any members of your family, friends, acquaintances, children, pets, or property, arising directly or as a consequence from a group activity. You also agree that your membership of this group is based on an "at will" basis.

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  • Chris

    Awesome workout, great group of people. Looking forward to more. Thanks Linda!

    May 8, 2014

  • Ruth L.

    It was great to see the opposite side to enter Barbara Lake. Have always done it from the Dilley direction. Great evening. Thanks for the hike, Linda.

    May 8, 2014

  • Carey B.

    I missed many of the hikers going alone. But it was a nice day and their were. Meet ups after, so not bad for a Wednesday.

    1 · May 8, 2014

  • Anne T.

    Loved this hike! Can't believe I never saw this OC - natural lake before tonight!!! Lovely walk, nice folks. Thanks!

    May 7, 2014

  • Pam K.

    Linda. We (Pam, Vilma & Debbie) made it down early. Thanks for another great hike!!

    May 7, 2014

  • Pam K.

    I will be late. Just leaving Irvine now. Hope I make it in time. My friend Vilma will also be there..most likely on time.

    May 7, 2014

  • Lisa

    Won't be able to make it this time. Looking forward to this hike another time. Enjoy the sunset!

    May 7, 2014

  • Penny F.

    Sorry for cancelling late but I have to work later than normal and won't be able to make it in time. Hopefully I will be able to catch the next one!

    May 7, 2014

  • Lynne

    Linda, Would it be okay if I bring my best buddy along? He loves to hike, he's very friendly and sweet and I clean up after him... he's a Chihuahua by the way. :)

    May 6, 2014

    • Linda Y.

      Hi, I just went on the site and dogs are not allowed. Sorry.

      May 6, 2014

    • Lynne

      Okay, thanks for letting me know.

      May 6, 2014

  • Lindsayforfun

    I'm new to meetup. What if I think I may go but it depends on how my schedule works out that day. Should I still RSVP yes?

    April 29, 2014

    • Linda Y.

      Go ahead and reply, you can always cancel and change your rsvp. We look forward to meeting you.

      April 29, 2014

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