|Trailhead||sick +Laguna+Canyon+Road, price +Laguna+Beach, pfizer +CA+92651&aq=0&sll=33.579999,-117.761893&sspn=0.009939,0.01929&vpsrc=0&gl=us&ie=UTF8&hq=Willow+Staging+Area,&hnear=Laguna+Canyon+Rd,+Laguna+Beach,+California+92651&ll=33.579892,-117.76228&spn=0.009868,0.01929&t=m&z=16″>Willow Staging Area
20101 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
This hike in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park visits some of the more lush areas of Orange County due to its proximity to the ocean. The route is steep in places and goes over some ill-maintained trails but is a pleasant hike non-the-less, especially towards the end.
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park is sandwiched between Laguna Canyon Road (SR 133) and Crystal Cove State Park. The park gets a lot of damp sea air so the park stays green year round, unlike most of the rest of Orange County. Unfortunately, the park doesn’t get a the nice sea breeze that you might expect being so close to the ocean. Combine the lack of sea breeze with the wide fire road trails and no shade, the trails in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park can feel much warmer than you might expect.
This route through Laguna Coast Wilderness Park starts at the Willow Staging Area, located along Laguna Canyon Road just south of El Toro Road. There is a dirt parking lot at the Willow Staging Area that can be quite crowded on busy weekends. Also located at the Willow Staging Area is a ranger station and information board. You can pick up a trail map and, on the weekend, park rangers will ask you to sign in so they know how many people are in the park.
There are two trails that lead out from the ranger station, Willow Canyon Road and Laurel Canyon Trail. This route head off on Willow Canyon Road and comes back using Laurel Canyon Trail. Willow Canyon Road is fire road that starts out flat for the first few hundred feet followed by 1.4 miles of up hill. The trail is wide and has little shade along the route. Most of the trail is hard-packed dirt with some places of slick rock. It’s possible to see where they’ve done trail maintenance and clearing with a scraper of some sort. Continue reading Laguna Coast Wilderness Park – Willow Canyon and Laurel Canyon