Distance: About 9 miles
Time: about 3 1/2 hours
Elevation Gain: approx 1400 feet
Level: This is a strenuous hike due to elevation, rough terrain and distance. Not suitable for beginners. If you are a very fast hiker this hike may not be for you as this will not be a fast paced hike. If you are a slow hiker this hike may not be for you as we hike at a moderate but steady pace.
We will start at the willow staging area located on Laguna canyon road. [This parking lot has a bathroom]. The hike is a combination of fire roads and single track trails. This hike will provide beautiful ocean and mountain views. We will start on Stagecoach road for a good mile warmup before we head up the very steep and rugged Laguna ridge trail which is about a mile long and will definitely work your legs and lungs. When we reach the top we will walk along bommer ridge, missing link and fenceline until we reach the lizard trail. We will drop down onto Lizard then lower Laurel Canyon until we reach the parking lot. There are restrooms there. This trail is strenuous and you will really work your lungs and legs for a great cardio workout. We meet at all trail junctions for all our hikers. It will not be a race and nobody will be left behind.
This is a great and fun hike.
Please arrive a few minutes early as we leave promptly at 8. Make sure you have plenty of water, snacks and all the hiking essentials.
Directions: Take Laguna canyon road  heading towards Laguna beach. As soon as you pass El Toro road you make a right into a dirt parking lot. (There is another parking lot 1/2 mile further down which is not ours.) Make sure you enter the first one. If you drive more than 10 seconds after El Toro road you missed it. There is a $3 parking fee unless you have a county parking pass. The parking lot opens at 8, however on most days the gate is opened 10-15 minutes before 8.
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 group functions. You agree that neither you nor any third party will hold any of the groups 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.