Hike the West Ridge Trail

1.5 miles 150 ft gain  - Point-to-Point Trail

Added by Josiah Roe

Epic views over the Pacific Ocean, and the canyons and ridges of the Laguna Coast Wilderness.

Beginning at Alta Laguna Park at Top of the World, the West Ridge Trail is a popular starting (and ending) point for adventures into the Laguna Coast Wilderness, leading to trails and areas like Car Wreck, Big Bend, and Willow Canyon. You can also do it in reverse from the north. The ridge itself is the southern ridge overlooking Laguna Canyon, and is great for trail running, mountain biking, and hiking.

To get there, go to Alta Laguna Park at Top of the World in Laguna Beach. There is a small fee for parking, and then take the trail north out of the parking lot, over or around Top of the World, and then follow the signs north for the West Ridge Trail. 

This adventure was featured in our Spring 2019 Lookbook!

Read More

Tags

Fitness
Mountain Biking
Running
Hiking
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

🥈 Contributor

4 months ago

Great views

Super fun trail!

Stay Nearby

Laguna Beach, California

Sleek Hilltop View Home | Hot Tub | Rotating Floor

• TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. •This one-of-a-kind private 3BR/4.5BA all-suite retreat offers a prime locat...

From $693/night

Laguna Beach, California

Luxe Home With Patio & Stunning Canyon View

• TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. •Sweeping views of Aliso Canyon add an instant wow factor to this two-story ...

From $281/night

Laguna Beach, California

Gated Beach Condo Sweeping Views Of Laguna Beach

• TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. •Enjoy outstanding ocean views from this 2BR/2BA condo in a gated community....

From $199/night

Aliso Viejo, California

Luxe Mediterranean Retreat W/ Pool

• TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. •This luxurious 2BR/2.5BA townhome with Mediterranean-inspired indoor/outdoo...

From $163/night

Nearby Adventures

  • Mountain Bike Car Wreck Trail through Aliso Canyon

    There are numerous ways to incorporate the Car Wreck trail into a larger loop through the Laguna Coast Wilderness and Aliso Canyon Park, but a common route is to begin at Alta Laguna Park at "Top of the World" in Laguna Beach.Take the West Ridge T...

    7 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Hike the Water Tank Trail

    There a numerous trails in the Laguna Coast Wilderness that proceed up and along the ridges and down into the canyons (or the reverse), and most are excellent for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. A classic out-and-back (with many option...

    3 miles 600 ft gain

  • Hike Willow Canyon, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

    This hike has been a must do since I was young. Do you love scenic views of the ocean and wildlife? You'll see plenty of both, from hawks searching for food to squirrels and deer running through the brush. This is my favorite route in this area bu...

    6.7 miles 1208 ft gain

  • Surf Brooks Street Beach

    Brooks Street Beach is just a couple of blocks off the Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach. Parking can be tricky, so be forewarned that you may need to walked a few blocks.  Winter can be good, but during the summer and big south swells are whe...

  • Laguna Beach

    Hike gorgeous ridgelines, play in the waves, or simply meander through the jaw-dropping coastline, Laguna Beach is a memorable destination for artists and adventurers alike. 

    Learn More