Dilley’s Preserve, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Activity: Day Hike
Date: July 10, 2019
Distance: 3 miles, 350′ elevation change, 1 hour duration, rated Easy
Dilley’s Preserve is named after an advocate for green belts and natural land set aside for the enjoyment of it’s residents. This particular hike in Laguna Coast Wilderness I have to say is not my favorite. It is cool to see a natural lake in a dry arid environment, after all Southern California is basically a desert on the beach, but it is not quite the soul searching place that I am seeking while “Pursuing Balance Through Adventure”. It’s not that it doesn’t have nice trails, rolling hills, and nature because it does, but it also has a busy roadway that if it is not in view, is in earshot, except when you are down in the canyon area and the sound of the bees pollinating the flowers just about drowns out the traffic noise.
The hike is easy and starts out relatively flat until you get past the lake then you get the elevation change pretty quickly. You are now moving away from the freeway, but you at once can see that the entire property boarders neighborhoods. So in my view this is nice for the people in the nearby neighborhoods to have an area to stretch their legs, but there are better hikes in the Laguna Coast Wilderness.
This row of pictures show some of the various paths, some you need to watch your footing.
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