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West Ridge Trail

Intermediate
 4.7 (6)

Views, views, views. Well worth the climb!


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Map Key

2.6

Miles

4.1

KM

91%

Runnable

993' 303 m

High

457' 139 m

Low

614' 187 m

Up

77' 24 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

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Park Hours: 7 a.m. to sunset. Trails may be closed for up to three days following rain.

Description

This trail follows the ridge line between Canyon View Park and Top of the World where you can enjoy 360 degree views of the surrounding area (Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, and Aliso Veijo) out to the Pacific Ocean. The terrain is hard packed dirt and the trail is jeep track fire break. This trail gains a lot of elevation but offers several scenic rest points along the way.

The trail can be accessed from either end. From north to south it can be reached from Cholla Trail, Lynx Trail, Rock-It (via Coyote Run), and Mathis Canyon Trail all of which lead up from the Aliso Canyon side of the ridge from Wood Canyon Trail. This trail is a bit of climb from the bottom but well worth it on a clear day.

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Shared By:

Jason Fincher

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  4.7 from 6 votes

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  4.7 from 6 votes
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#187

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Photos

Top of the World Sunset
Aug 3, 2017 near Laguna…, CA
hiking down from the top of the world (you have to go a little off course for this but worth it)
Sep 2, 2019 near Aliso V…, CA
View to the west from the top of Mathis Canyon along West Ridge Trail.
May 22, 2015 near Aliso V…, CA
A Saddleback Dusk
Aug 3, 2017 near Laguna…, CA
Top of the World
May 22, 2015 near Laguna…, CA

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Sep 5, 2016
Ami DuBois
May 21, 2015
Jason Fincher