If you want to go hiking and mountain biking in the middle of Orange County, Aliso and Woods Canyon Wilderness Park is perfect. The park also has picnic tables, portable restrooms, equestrian trails, and a visitor center.
The park is approximately 4,500 acres of wilderness and natural open space land. Originally part of the Juaneno or Acajchemem tribal land, it later was owned by Don Juan Avila, Louis Moulton, The Mission Viejo Company, and now is under the jurisdiction of OC Parks.
There are mature oaks, sycamores, and elderberry trees within the park and two year-round streams. Many rare and endangered plants and animals make this park their home. This park is designated as a wildlife sanctuary.
Hiking and Mountain Biking
There are over 30 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails within the park. My favorite trails within the park are:
- Mathis Canyon Trail
- Car Wreck Trail
- West Ridge Trail
Each of these hikes works its way up to the Top of The World. The Top of The World is an overlook in Laguna Beach where you have a 360-degree view of the ocean all the way to Saddleback Mountain and beyond.
- Parking Fee: $3 daily. The machine accepts $1 bills and quarters or Visa/Master Card.
- Annual passes are available to purchase in the park office.
- The parking lot opens at 7 am and closes at sunset.
- There is free street parking outside the front gate.
It’s a privilege to have Aliso and Woods Canyon Wilderness Park for our enjoyment, so please practice Leave No Trace principles.