LAUREL CANYON-LAUREL SPUR-WILLOW TRAIL LOOP
LAGUNA COAST WILDERNESS PARK
3.5 Miles, 603’ elevation change, 2 hour duration, rated Moderate
January 2, 2020
If you are looking for a quick hike in the Laguna Beach area this is a good one. It has coastal canyons, scrub brush, an oak grove which provides some nice shade for a portion of the hike, interesting rock formations, and on the upper portion of the hike there are views of the OC, Saddle Back and far off mountains. While on the upper portion you could add a short distance to gain some Pacific Ocean views in the other direction.
But as the title of this post suggestions this article is about interesting rock formations. Some that you can climb into for a photo op and then the star of this post the Ghost Rock makes this a fun hike especially for kids. Pay attention because Ghost Rock is not right on the trail and it is in a fenced off area. This is not a long hike, however there is certainly an up hill section and it comes all at once.
The park is open 8AM to 5PM. There is a $3 dollar parking fee, and portapotties are available. I did this trail, Laurel Canyon-Laurel Spur-Willow Trail Loop, going counter clockwise, last year I did it going the opposite direction. Both are good, but if you would rather have the steep section going up instead of down then go counter clockwise.
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