|A view we've both missed|
This is a very nice 4 mile loop that takes the hiker pretty deep into the Laguna wilderness without too much difficulty. It has some bigger hills but rewarding views of the sparsely populated El Moro coast.
The trail is easily hiked in 1/2 a day but can also be mountain biked. In fact, this is really the premier mountain biking destination of Southern California. The singletrack of Aliso Canyon is some of the finest I've ridden in the state. But we were happy with our pleasant stroll.
The trail walks through the bottom of the canyon which is quite lush, by So Cal standards. The flora is much greener and taller given that its so close to the seasonal creek. Of course, this year there was hardly a drop of freshwater in sight! Nevertheless the robust trees kept the trail shady on this hot spring day.
|Easy to forget you're in the second largest metro area in the country with views like this|
The trail descended down to Pacific Coast Highway and we reminisced about our college days. We laughed thinking that our young twenties were spent with much more memorable times such as these rather than the typical drunken affairs that permeate most college experiences.
|So many hiking options...|
|Saddleback mountain, the natural landmark of Orange County|
Concluding our day with some old-fashioned beach-combing, we were happy for the opportunity to spend some time in the finer parts of Orange County. I wasn't sad about moving to Chicago but I did miss this type of environment. The nice part about having family in Southern California is that we can always come and visit. Perhaps we may move back someday...
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