Aliso and Wood Entry Improvement Project

A grant-funded entry improvement project at Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park starting in late 2014 will include native landscaping, parking and trailhead improvements and new trails. The project will temporarily affect parking. This first phase is expected to last through spring of 2015.


The parking lot and entrance off Awma Road will be temporarily closed at Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park for the improvement project, scheduled to start Dec. 1, 2014.

During the closure, visitors may park at Laguna Niguel Regional Park, Gate 18 at the end of Aliso Canyon Road, Canyon View Park or Top of the World in Laguna Beach.


Phase 1 of the project will include the following improvements:

  • Boulder and Stone Arrival Area
  • Grove Gathering Area
  • Reconditioned Parking Lot Surface
  • Trail Connections
  • Native Landscaping
  • Equestrian Staging Area
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Station
  • Signage

The project is being financed by a $675,000 grant from the Safe Neighborhood Parks, Clean Water, Clean Air and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2000 (Proposition 12) administered by the State Coastal Conservancy.

The grant also covers the planning and design of the visitor-serving and administrative park buildings scheduled for later Phase 2 development.

Phase 1 construction is estimated to be completed in the spring of 2015.

Project Area Information


Aerial image of project area

A - Park Entrance Transition Zone
B - Sycamore Grove Gathering Area
C - Parking Area
D - Entry Arrival Area and Trail
E - Proposed Trail (Connect to Aliso Creek Trail)