Top of the World Loop
ElevationAscent: 896' 273 m
Descent: -901' -275 m
High: 1,025' 312 m
Low: 203' 62 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 30% (16°)
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“From the Top of the World and back again.”— John McKinney
Parking fees are $3 per vehicle daily. Other rates or discounts may apply; contact the park for more information.
Head back down the knoll, take a right and traverse the edge of the knoll heading north, staying right until you reconnect with West Ridge Trail. Take a left onto West Ridge Trail to head north. At about 0.9 miles, turn right onto Mathis Canyon Trail; this trail descends, somewhat steeply, into the canyon.
At the junction with Wood Canyon Trail, take a left to head north; follow this north to the northernmost area of the park. Take a left onto Cholla Trail at about 4.4 miles and ascend the rather steep trail to the ridge. Take a left onto West Ridge Trail and follow it all the way back to the trailhead.
Most of these trails are multi-use, therefore be sure to know the right-of-way rules and be aware of other users.
Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.
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Land Manager: OC Parks - Laguna Coast Wilderness Park