Summary: The lake at the heart of this Orange County regional park is a secondary attraction to the green lawns and trees of the adjacent picnic areas. Many walk this trail as an afterthought or prowl it in search of one of the many lakeside fishing spots at the bottom of a set of railroad-tie stairs.
Other than a nice level walk, there's not much here to attract the interest of a serious hiker but if you're looking for a Sunday afternoon's outing in midsummer, this might suit the bill.
Be wary of the geese at the trailhead. They are none too fond of dogs and small children.
Trailhead: From Interstate 5: Get off at the La Paz exit in Mission Viejo. Head south for approximately 3 1/4 miles (past Aliso Creek Road) to park entrance on the right. Follow signs, generally to the left, leading to the Lake/Fishery parking lot.
Park fees are $3 on weekdays and $5 on weekends. (Lat:33.54657 Lon:-117.70643)
Trail Guides for Laguna Niguel Regional Park:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Laguna Niguel Regional Park, (949)923-2240 or (949)923-2243
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Joel Sax, who has posted 51 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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