Trail Stewardship

We work with OC Parks to prioritize, design and build sustainable and fun trails.

Current Status: In Progress | Start Date: September 2014 | Expected Completion: Ongoing | Project Lead: Hallie Jones

Laguna Canyon Foundation is working with OC Parks to take a holistic look at our trail systems and prioritize the most urgent trail projects. We consider user safety, impacts to habitat and wildlife, and how we can make the trails more sustainable over the long term. Our core design principles are keeping people on the trail, getting water off the trail, and ensuring that trails are safe and fun for everyone.

Our first major project was Lizard Trail in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, which was the first trail to be added to the authorized trail system since the park's opening in 1993. This popular trail provides a connector between Bommer Ridge and Laurel Spur, allowing a nice loop in conjunction with Laurel Canyon Trail. It is known for its tight singletrack and varied terrain.

We’re currently working on Five Oaks Trail in Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. We are improving the drainage, stabilizing the tread, installing erosion control and sowing native seed on this technical downhill trail to make it more sustainable while preserving its wilderness character.

We’ve also been busy on Laguna Ridge in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. This fall-line trail has been eroded down to bedrock, and needs some well-designed fixes to make it more ride-able, hike-able and safe. We have completed the reroute of the steep top section and we’re working on restoring the old, badly-eroded alignment to healthy native habitat. With the help of generous grants from the Marisla and S. L. Gimbel Foundations, we are also addressing issues arising from the Summer 2016 wildfire that burned in this area.

Priority trails for the 2017-2018 season include Old Emerald, Camarillo and Stagecoach South trails in Laguna Coast Wilderness and Lynx, Car Wreck and Coyote Run trails in Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. In addition to these large-scale projects, we are also accomplishing high-priority repair and maintenance work on over a dozen other trails throughout both parks each season.

The heart of our Trail Program is our volunteer events. You can be part of our trail team by joining us as a trail stewardship volunteer, or contributing to our trail fund. We always welcome your input on our trail system, and would love to hear from you.

Become a Laguna Canyon Foundation Volunteer!