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$Million$ Dollar View – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Boat Road/Boomer Ridge Trail/Emerald Canyon Loop

Activity: Day Hike

Date: July 7, 2019

Distance: 8.5 miles, 1,632’ elevation change, 4 hour duration, rated Moderate

This particular hike in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park was all about the view, location, location, location as they say in real estate.  This real estate has a million dollar view, with a striking vista of Main Beach in Laguna, but really all of Laguna and beyond.

I started my hike late in the morning and the summer air was cool in the 60’s due to the marine layer that burned of within an hour.  This whole area of different trails rambles through rolling hills and canyons.  They are all somewhat similar and they are all really nice.  But it is always fun taking a trail for the first time. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park is a great place for a hike and as a training ground for other more strenuous hikes.

When I was researching what hike I wanted to do one site actually called this hike ”strenuous” and also pegged it at another thousand feet of elevation gain.  While this hike has some mileage to it and a couple fairly steep climbs it is definitely moderate.  I think some people measure all elevation gains not just from the low point to the high point, and this hike is different in that it has two different climbs and descents.

This whole area has great hikes, but Boat Road has a stunning view that makes it a must do.  Make sure that you take the little side trip to Spur Ridge, (refer to the trail map), which has great views and a commemorative bench to Joseph R. Sweany.  Sit down take a load off and take it all in before getting back on Boat Road and heading back down.  I guess it is boat road because I could see plenty of sailboats on the horizon, as well as motor yachts anchored in the coves.

The trail head for this hike is in a neighborhood at Gate 14.

The trails in this area are shared by hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers.  I have not seen any horses in this area.

The hike goes down into the canyon which is greener, and has some nice oaks and other trees to provide some shade which is a nice break from the full sun.

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Nice shot of Laguna Beach’s Emerald Bay
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Panoramic view of Laguna Beach: from Left to Right: Arch Bch Heights, Downtown, 3 Arch Bay, Treasure Isl, Sugarloaf Pt, Main Bch, Diver’s Cove, Shaws Cove, Crescent Bay, Abalone Pt.
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Little Sycamore Canyon & Serrano Ridge Loop

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Activity: Day Hike

Date June 24, 2019

Distance: 5 miles, elevation change 900’, duration 2.5 hours, rated Moderate

This was my second hike in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park.  The trailhead is at the Nix Nature Center where parking is $3.  The nature center is nice, but we did not get to check it out as we had just enough time to get the hike in, but will spend some time soon.

The beach in June has a lot of marine layer thus the name “June Gloom”.  The trail is less than 6 miles away from Laguna Beach, 10-15 minutes by car, but it was far enough way to have bright sunshine for the hike, and close enough that it was a delightful 70 degrees.

I followed the trail map in a clockwise direction starting on Stage Coach Trail South.  I really liked the terrain, the rolling hills, the elevation change, and the scenery.  However, in my opinion the first portion of the hike was a disappointment in that all of this beautiful nature was disturbed by the two busy roadways that the Stage Coach Trail South borders.  I will say as the hike went on I got farther and farther from the sight and the noise of the highway and the bustling world I was attempting to escape.

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park has many connection trails so you can mix and match them to fit your needs.  Next time I visit I will most likely leave the Stage Coach Trail out of my mix.  It was nice, but when I go out into nature I like to see nature, just nature, and not busy thoroughfares.

I really enjoyed the rest of the trail and the coastal chaparral, shady oaks, hills and dales, and the views of distant mountains in one direction and the Pacific in another .  It was a wonderful hike, and it left me wanting for more.  There are more trails to explore and Laguna Coast Wilderness also connects to other wild areas that are not far off.

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

-Mark Twain

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