The Aliso Creek and Wood Canyon Loop is an 11.7 mile hike that features scenic views of Southern California, a river, and caves.

The Aliso Creek and Wood Canyon Trail is shared by trail runners, mountain bikers, horseback riders and hikers. The trail is open for use year-round with abundant wildflowers in the spring. 

The trail is shaded in parts, but bring sun protection and extra water just in case. Watch for snakes and lizards!

Photos: Mark Weston and Ashu Shah

Pack List

  • Water
  • Sturdy hiking boots or trail runners
  • Snack
  • Trail map
  • Sun protection
    • Hat
    • Sunscreen
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RT Distance 11.7 Miles
Elevation Gain 1332 Feet
Activities Mountain Biking, Running, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Advanced
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Features
Easy Parking
Food Nearby
River
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound Collective.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

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