“The eastern exterior trail of the James Dilley Preserve.”
— Erwin Chang
The park remains closed for a few days after it has rained.
The Ridge Top Trail follows a mellow ridgeline at the preserve's eastern edge. As it travels north from the Black Jack Trail
it provides views of Laguna Canyon on the left and the local communities of Aliso Viejo on the right. The trail is just under a mile long and it passes the Wood's End Trail at the half-way mark and ends at a junction with the Edison Trail
and Gravel Trail.
Both lead to Barbara's Lake, but the Edison Trail
has a better view of the lake, while the Gravel Trail just visits the lower tip of the lake.