Laguna Coast Wilderness Park is a 7,000-acre protected area in Laguna Canyon that is part of the larger 20,000-acre parcel of the South Coast Wilderness Area.
The Wilderness Park features some of the last California coastal canyons around. Its extensive trail map (at least 40 miles of trails), has you winding your way through native grasslands and Sage Scrub, towering Sycamore trees, rocky bluffs, canyon ridges, waterfalls, a natural lake and more.
Bring your horse, bring your mountain bike, bring a sturdy pair of hiking shoes ... but don't bring your dog - sorry, but this is a conservation and protected area for both wilderness and rare and endangered species. You're going to be enjoying a wonderland of vistas, views and critters that would have otherwise disappeared from the ecosystem years ago.
The Wilderness Park features three primary staging areas that run along Laguna Canyon Road just before and after the San Joaquin (73) toll road. Parking is available in limited quantity at each of the staging areas, and along the highway.
The Nix Nature Center stands on the farthest east point of it all, and it's there you can join a group for any number of guided tours (Fitness Hikes, Full Moon Hikes, Interpretive Mountain Bike Hikes, Wildflower Hikes, Horseback Riding Tours, Family Hikes, even Tot Walks). Reservations are requested in advance, but even if you miss a tour, there's plenty to see and do of your own accord. Book your reservation at www.lagunacanyon.org or by calling 949-923-2235.