Hike the West Ridge Trail

Alta Laguna Park - Search Nearby - 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!


1.5 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

150 ft Gain




Fitness, Mountain Biking, Running, Hiking

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area

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From $60/night

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!


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