Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
18751 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Park Hours: 7 a.m. to sunset
Parking Lot Hours - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Trails open 7 a.m. to sunset.

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.

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park lies within some of the last remaining coastal canyons in Southern California. Forty miles of trails lead the visitor through oak and sycamore woodlands and up onto ridges with expansive scenic vistas. Rocky bluffs tower above the canyon trails.

Visitors to Laguna Coast Wilderness Park can see California as it has existed for thousands of years. The Coastal Sage Scrub community covers hilltops and slopes, along with patches of Native Valley Grassland and Maritime Chaparral. In the canyons visitors can find riparian habitats lined by Willow, Oak, and Sycamore trees. After a plentiful winter rain, the ephemeral streams spring to life. In the summer, you can easily pass through the seasonally dry creek beds.

The park is part of the Natural Community Conservation Planning program, which is designed to protect rare and endangered species, from California Gnatcatcher to Orange-Throated Whiptail, by preserving large tracts of Orange County’s rapidly disappearing Coastal Sage Scrub community. Other species benefit from this preservation, including Mule Deer, Long-tailed Weasel, Bobcat, Red-tailed Hawk, and many more.

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park’s 7,000 acres are part of the South Coast Wilderness area, comprised of Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Crystal Cove State Park, The City of Irvine Open Space, and Laguna Coast Wilderness Park (totaling almost 20,000 acres).

Visit the park’s award-winning Nix Nature Center to learn more about Laguna Coast Wilderness Park and for trail information and orientation.


A couple hikes on a trail.Visit Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, where you can hike, mountain bike, run trails, or ride horseback through miles of beautiful Orange County natural lands. (Bring your own shoes, bicycle or horse.) Artists, photographers and writers find plentiful inspiration on the trails.

Regularly scheduled guided tours (by foot or bicycle) are available. These tours cover a wide range of interests, from fitness to botany. Guided by volunteer naturalists and park staff, they are a wonderful way to experience the park. Many kinds of tours are offered each month and can be found listed under “Events and Programs” on the park web page.

The Nix Nature Center offers a location to explore the meaning of parkland through exhibits and wildlife viewing area portals. Here you can enjoy scavenger hunts with the family, and learn from free, fun quarterly wildlife programs featuring live animals, American Indian customs, craft projects, and more.

Special tours can be arranged for groups (not to exceed 20 people). Call Laura Cohen at 949-923-3701 for further information.

Parking is limited so please contact the park office at least two weeks ahead if you plan on bringing a group of 10 or more.


June 30, 2014 
Improved Emerald Canyon Trail Now Open

News ImageWith the help of non-profit organizations, members of the public and community groups, OC Parks has re-opened the Emerald Canyon Trail. The trail was closed due to extensive damage sustained after heavy rains in 2010. The trail reconstruction included constructing a 60-foot bridge over a landslide area.

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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