Published on December 22, 2022, Updated on January 27, 2023
Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park are included in the South Coast Wilderness park complex. It is a significant regional wildlife preserve surrounded by dense suburban development and the Pacific Ocean. The park includes hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking trails, and a variety of geological features including springs, caves, and exposed marine fossils.
The most notable concrete Aliso Creek Trail traverses the entire park, while the unpaved Wood Canyon Trail ends at Canyon View Park in Aliso Viejo. The concrete Aliso Creek Trail for walking and biking continues north along the creek towards Laguna Hills. The park is administered by the OC Parks Department of Orange County.
There are mature oaks, elderberry, and sycamore trees, 2 year-round streams, and over 30 miles of official trails within the park. This park is home to numerous plants and animals that are rare or endangered. Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park is designated as a sanctuary for wildlife.
Among the indoor exhibits are:
- A life-size diorama containing taxidermy animals, trees, shrubs, and grasses.
- A small cave loosely based after the Dripping Cave
- Archaeological and paleontological displays
- A “Stewardship Wall”
- A hand-painted mural illustrating the park
- A comprehensive topographical map with illuminated points of interest and suggested hikes.
The park contains numerous artifacts from the area’s former inhabitants. These prehistoric artifacts are found all over the park. These include rock shelters, open-air shell middens, stone tools, and their production sites. There are also famous farm equipment and structures from the time of Rancho Niguel. The Bacon House, Moulton Cement Plant, and Tischler Rock are examples of such historical sites.
- Hiking Trails
- Bike Trails
- Bird Watching
- Equestrian Trails
- Picnic Areas
- Interpretive Programs
- Scenic overlook
Park Opening Hours
Monday – Sunday: 7:00 a.m. to sunset.
Visitor Center Hours
Monday – Friday: 9 am – 3 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 9 am – 2 pm
Parking fee: $3.00.
Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
28373 Alicia Pkwy, Aliso Viejo, CA 9265
Phone: (949) 305-9788
Take Awma Rd to Alicia Pkwy
2 min (1.2 mi)
Take Moulton Pkwy to Hubble in Irvine
16 min (7.1 mi)
Drive to your destination – Laguna Dental Center 34 sec (1.1 mi)