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Hike and Sunday Brunch on the Beautiful Aliso Summit Trail in Laguna Niguel

  • Aliso Summit Trail

    Ridgeview Dr & Highlands Ave, Laguna Niguel, CA (map)

    33.540791 -117.721527

  • Meetup location at the south end of Ridgeview Drive, next to the trail head.
  • ABOUT THE HIKE: The Aliso Summit Trail is a little known gem discretely perched on the steep cliffs of Aliso Canyon. This smooth, wide trail is tucked behind the gated community of Coronado Pointe in Laguna Niguel.  It borders the east boundary of Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. The serpentine trail follows the 800-foot-high cliffs on the east rim of the canyon. Throughout the hike are views of the stream-fed Aliso Canyon and the Pacific Ocean.

    The hike is 5 miles out/back, about two hours of total hiking time.

    200 ft. elevation gain - it is slight uphill going and downhill back.

    ABOUT THE PICNIC: At the half way point in the hike we will take a half mile detour off trail to a picnic table for a leisurely potluck brunch with appetizers to share.  BYOB (beverage) exercising adult discretion.

    ADDITIONAL NOTES: The trail is dog friendly.  There are no rest room facilities on the trail.  

    DIRECTIONS TO THE HIKE:  From the 405 Freeway, take the Oso Parkway/Pacific Park Drive exit into Laguna Niguel.  Turn left on Alicia Parkway, right on Highlands Avenue, and right on Ridgeview.  Since Ridgeview is a horseshoe, look for the Meetup location on the south end of the street, next to the trail head.

    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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  • Randy S.
    Event Host

    I love to hike. I am retired and live in Coto de Caza.

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