Trail Run the Boat Road and Laguna Ridge

Orange County Spur Ridge Trailhead

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The Laguna Coast Wilderness is 7,000 acres of magnificent coastal canyons, mountains, and natural lakes overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It has over 50 miles of running, hiking and mountain biking trails, and is home to over 40 endangered species.

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 trail running, hiking, and mountain biking.

A classic out-and-back (with many options for loops) begins at the end of Dartmoor Street and proceeds up the ridgeline on the Spur/Laguna Ridge fire road. Near the summit is a turnoff to the left to an excellent overlook with sweeping views up and down the Pacific Coast and the city of Laguna Beach.

From there, proceed northeast on the Boat Road for 1.3 miles to the intersection at the high point with Bommer Ridge, Water Tank, Laguna Bowl, and Laguna Ridge trails. From here, you can head back the way you came, or create loops of ever increasing distance (and difficulty). The trails down Water Tank and Laguna Bowl are particularly beautiful, with epic views of the coast and, in the case of Water Tank in spring, a field of Golden Yarrow flowers that is simply breathtaking.

Looking for more options near the Laguna Coast Wilderness?
Mountain Bike Bommer Ridge & Emerald Canyon
Mountain Bike Car Wreck Trail through Aliso Canyon
Hike the Water Tank Trail

Pack List

  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Nutrition (depending on length)
  • Map
  • Additional information can be found at Visit Laguna Beach
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Activities:

Chillin, Photography, Mountain Biking, Running, Hiking, Fitness

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

4 Miles

Elev. Gain:

600 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Adult Beverages
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Groups
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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5 months ago

Short, sweet, and to the point

This hike was not long by any means, just a little steep. The view at the end was well worth the walk!

5 months ago

about 1 year ago

No Can Do

Got here with my furry buddy and the sign at the entrance had a "No Dogs" pic. Thought the description says its dog friendly.

about 1 year ago

Added by Josiah Roe

The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark. - John Muir

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