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Aliso Summit Fairy Hiking Trail

Nestled along the ridge top trail of Aliso Summit is where my family came face to face with fairies on the Aliso Summit Fairy Hiking Trail. That’s right fairies are real, and we found their beautiful homes.  After exploring the mile trail and seeing their beautiful houses, I needed to find out more about the fairies and how they came to Aliso Summit.  As I researched the trail, I stumbled upon their story.

“On a summer evening in 2016, a group of fairies was flying over Laguna Niguel when suddenly Fairy Lily, Queen of the Fairies, broke her wing. The fairies had to land on the Aliso Summit Trail. As the days past while waiting for Lily’s wing to heal, they found something very magical and mysterious about this canyon and trail. They grew to love the views of the Pacific Ocean, and enjoyed playing with all the birds and other animals in the canyon — so much so, that they decided to make this canyon trail their home.”

Well, the fairies did indeed choose a most spectacular quiet spot to build their community, and we were so eager to see the fairies that we didn’t realize that they sleep during the daytime.  A couple of local hikers mentioned that the fairies do come out at twilight and bring the canyon to life.  If you listen closely, you can hear them singing as they spread their magic across the canyon, but if they are disturbed while resting during the day, they won’t have enough magic to share.  So as we gazed upon each home and realm, we were sure not to disturb the fairies by ringing their bells or touching their homes.  The last thing any of us want is to upset the fairies and have them relocate to other dwellings.

The trail is open from sunrise to sunset daily and street parking is available beside the trailhead on Pacific Island Drive. The trail is suitable for bikes and strollers, but please keep an eye out for pedestrians, dogs, and of course fairies.  As I stated early the trail is only about a mile long and dead ends into a residential area so you could either turn around and take the trail back to the start or walk through the residential area and uphill on Pacific Island Drive.  There are around 20 fairies that call the Aliso Summit Fairy Trail home.  They often have fairy friends that visit but haven’t made Aliso Summit their permanent residence. Rumor has it that even a few wandering trolls have been spotted on the trail so keep an eye out.

The Aliso Summit Fairy Trail is located at 30775 Aliso Summit Trail, Laguna Niguel, Ca 92677.

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  1. Would this be appropriate you think for a 6 year old boy and 9 year old girl? How steep is the trail and I am their grandma and a little older than you are.? What is the closest cross street to Pacific Island Drive to get to the trail head?

    • Yes my daughter is 9 and she had no problem. It’s a very easy hike. I don’t remember the street name, it’s about 1/2 a mile from Alicia

      • Thank you

    • Yes, the walk is easy, very big cliff on one side, with no railing, but an enjoyable walk.

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