Seaview Park and Aliso Summit Trail in Laguna Niguel: Feeling on Top of the World

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Seaview Park and the Aliso Summit Trail in Laguna Niguel saved us from one of those days when we were feeling the need to get into the great wide open outdoors. This trail was quiet and beautiful. We found it full of rocks to climb and views to take in. I would love to see a sunset from up here.

Location: It’s not close to any freeways or interstates.  The most direct way to get here is to take Crown Valley Parkway from either Interstate 5 or Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). Pacific Island hits Crown Valley in two spots. Option #1: If you approach from PCH, turn left onto Pacific Island (where it turns into Camino Del Avion) and head up the hill. Make another left onto Talaveras and park on the right side of the street before the guard gate. The trail leads around the houses and out to a scenic viewpoint. Option #2: If you are coming from Interstate 5 and Crown Valley Parkway, you’ll need to turn right onto Alicia Parkway before making a left on Pacific Island. Then drive up the hill and make a right onto Talaveras.  MAP TO SEAVIEW PARK AND ALISO SUMMIT TRAIL IN LAGUNA NIGUEL

Highlights:

  • Easy walk with interpretive signs to identify local plants
  • Views in all directions
  • You WILL feel small. It’s one of those natural areas that takes my breath away.
  • See that island out there? That’s Catalina.
  • The walk took about 10 minutes in to the viewpoint and you can go further. We just stopped at the viewpoint (a picnic table with some blue metal fencing around).
  • Picnic nooks all along the path, so it’s great for a weekend picnic.
  • This would be a great place to bring out of town guests. On the day we visited, we could see snow on the mountains and the waves crashing below us.
  • Definitely wide enough for a jogger stroller. Maybe a little bumpy for a traditional stroller?
  • Want an amazing workout??? Park at the bottom of Pacific Island in the Albertsons shopping center and WALK up the incredibly steep and long hill. Unfortunately, there are no restrooms at the top.
  • Grassy area leading up the park with benches for the enjoying the views. I saw lots of people with dogs here in the evening hours. And lots of folks taking family photos.
  • Nature Connection: Be on the lookout for birds. Close your eyes and feel the ocean breeze. Have the kids tell you about the weather. Can you find tracks on the trail?

Be Aware:

  • There are steep drop-offs, but as long as toddlers stay on the wide trail you’re okay
  • It’s a wild area so watch for wildlife (“mountain lions, rattlesnakes, poison oak, rugged terrain”). We just don’t let the kids run ahead of us on the trail.
  • NO playground – this is more of a nature walk park
  • NO restrooms
  • Dogs must be leashed

Seaview Park Picnic

Checklist:

  • Parking on the street
  • A very slight elevation gain
  • Drinking fountain at the head of the trail
  • Serves as an entry point to Aliso Wood Canyon
  • Grassy area is good for views, even if you don’t take the trail toward the ocean.
  • Keep dogs on leash
  • Open 7am-Sunset (Oct 1-Mar 31) and 7am-10pm (Apr 1-Sept 30)
  • No alchoholic beverages

Comments

  1. Bubba says

    I’ve done this trail perhaps 200 times. Each day I am amazed at the view and raw wilderness so close to my home. Make sure if you venture past the last picnic table down the steep trails that you pack water for the hike back up!

    I’ve seen deer, bobcat, one mountain lion, and plenty of large rattlers in the summer. Please pick up after your dogs too!! Keep this place pristine.

    Please leash your dog and pick up after them.

  2. Michele says

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it! We never made it past the end of the trail at Seaview Park (where the blue fence and picnic area sits). You must have gone down that steep hill. You picked a beautiful day.

  3. Casey says

    We walked this trail today (Memorial Day) with our little guy. Great views, nice breeze. My son got a little tired on some of the steep hills but overall a nice walk/hike! Thanks Michele!

Trackbacks

  1. […] I love the ocean so when I read the description of Sea View Park, I thought it sounded like a place we should try. I did do a little research but could find very little about it. It is located in the City of Laguna Niguel and is owned and operated by OC Parks. There were just a few sentences about it on the Laguna Niguel website and I couldn’t even find it on the OC Parks website. The best info I found was from a blog, Nature Play Trips. […]

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