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Aliso Summit Fairy Hiking Trail


“Fairy Lily’s broken wing has now completely healed and Queen Lily and the other fairies that have been living along the Aliso Summit Trail have headed back to their homes in Ireland. All the fairies are very sad to leave their beautiful homes here in Orange County, but wanted everyone to know that they will fondly remember the very special time they had living here. They will cherish the friendships, the trinkets/rocks/gifts, as well as the hand written notes and drawings from all their human friends who have visited them.

For those of you that missed visiting the fairies, Fairy Lily wants to remind you that you can always build your own fairy home in your home or yard, so that the fairies will be able to visit and surround you with unlimited possibilities, magic and fun. And as Fairy Willow Twinkle says, “Everyday holds new magic, you just have to BELIEVE.”

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 need to turn around and take the trail back DO NOT WALK BACK THROUGH THE RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY.  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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My name is Andreas and I am responsible for overseeing the fairy trail with the permission of our local homeowner’s association who manages the trail. Unfortunately, there have been large groups of people walking through our gated community because of the language in this and other blogs that specifically suggests to people that if they don’t want to walk back on the trail, they can walk through the neighborhood.

Visitors will need to walk back on the trail and not through the neighborhood, as it is a private and gated community.

We would all hate to lose the privilege of hosting the fairy trail. However, if visitors continue to walk through the private community, the fairy homes will have to be removed permanently.

I’m an OC mom of two and photographer. I love living in Southern California and want to expose my children to all that it offers. I love taking my kids on adventures and capturing their every moment so much so that my kids find it odd if I don’t take their pictures. You can see my work on
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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.

  2. Be sure to take care on this trail…look out for rattle snakes! Our group spotted one sliding cross trail, I think it’s their matting season maybe? Also, my little ones were very scarred of the steep drops, there is no fencing. Unfortunately, we also had a confrontation with a set of mountain bikers who seem to forget pedestrian right of way. The concept is nice for the kids but safety is a major concern here.

    • They are closing the trail on August 14th because visitors were not respecting the trail or the community, but thank you for your advice.

      • Oh no Shelby, that is so very, very sad. My grandkids loved doing this trail. It is bad that a few people can ruin it for everyone. There are still the fairy houses on E. Avalon in Santa Ana.

        • Yes, it is very unfortunate. Since families did not respect the neighbors privacy in this community, we are not promoting the one in Santa Ana.

  3. Is the trail really closed now?

    • Yes. The homeowner association closed it because visitors were not being respectful of the neighbors living along the trail.

  4. I just came back from walking the Aliso Summit Hiking Trail. I started at Ridgeview off of Highlands and turned around just past the area with the private residential gate. Grateful for this blog that explains why I didn’t see the fairy houses. Can we create new ones?

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