Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

Mathis Canyon Trail Closure

Mathis Canyon Trail will be temporarily closed until further notice due to adverse conditions. Coyote Run, Nature Trail, Dripping Cave, Oak Grove, and Car Wreck are accessible during this closure. 10/16/16

A mountain biker rides a fire road with an ocean view in the distance.

Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
28373 Alicia Parkway
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(949) 923-2200 

Park Hours: 7 a.m. to sunset. Note: Parking lot closes at sunset.

Enter and exit the Awma Road parking lot via Alicia Parkway only.

Trails may be closed for up to three days following rain.

Parking Fee: $3 daily. Machine accepts $1 bills and quarters or Visa/Master Card. Annual passes available to purchase in the park office. Please call ahead for staff availability.

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. Within the park lands are mature oaks, sycamores, and elderberry trees, two year round streams and over 30 miles of official trails. Many rare and endangered plants and animals make this park their home. This park is designated as a wildlife sanctuary.


July 13, 2016 
Awma Road Open to Two-Way Traffic Beginning July 18

Beginning July 18, 2016, Awma Road will be open to two-way traffic, and all vehicles parking at Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park must enter and exit from Alicia Parkway.

Awma Road vehicle traffic will have access to the park and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 28291 Alicia Parkway. Vehicle traffic will not be able to access the parking lot or church through Wood Canyon Drive and Knollwood.

A gate on Awma Road at Knollwood will allow through traffic for pedestrians, bicycles and emergency vehicles only.

September 29, 2016 
Park Hours Change Starting Nov. 6

The clocks fall back early Nov. 6, marking the end of daylight saving time and OC Parks’ spring-summer operating schedule. Most regional parks close at 6 p.m. for the fall and winter, and wilderness parks close at sunset.

August 19, 2016 
OC Parks Mobile App Now Available

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The OC Parks mobile application is now available to download. The new app makes it easy to explore all that the County regional and wilderness parks have to offer.

Using the OC Parks app for iOS or Android, you can easily get outside and find a park near you with the most detailed, accurate maps of all regional, wilderness, beach and historic parks and regional trails operated by the County of Orange. The app also offers detailed park descriptions and photos.

The mobile app lets users easily locate the closest playgrounds, parking and restrooms in each park. Search recent OC Parks news, events and alerts regarding park access, weather, trail conditions and more.

August 11, 2016 
Google Trekkers Hit the Trails in OC Parks

News ImageStarting in August, hikers will be collecting imagery of Orange County trails using the Google Street View Trekker, a wearable backpack with a camera system on top. The Trekker automatically gathers images as it goes. Later the imagery will be stitched together to create the 360-degree panoramas you see today in Google Maps.

February 10, 2016 
Extended Park Hours Begin March 13

Starting Sunday, March 13, the spring-summer hours for regional parks are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. That includes Carbon Canyon, Clark, Craig, Laguna Niguel, Mason, Mile Square and Yorba regional parks. Irvine Regional Park opens at 6 a.m. and will close at 9 p.m. Wilderness parks are open at 7 a.m. and close at sunset year round.

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