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Dripping Cave Hiking Trail Overview:

If are searching for some early California history and a relaxing hike, the Dripping Caves Trail is for you! Also known as Robbers Cave (don’t worry, we didn’t see any thieves hiding), Dripping Cave was once used as a hideout by local cattle and stagecoach thieves during the 1800s. There are still holes in the cave’s walls that leave behind faint stories from these early California settler days.

Total Distance: 4-Miles Round-Trip

The Dripping Caves Hike is an enjoyable hike for all fitness levels. If you are a beginning, the trail’s flat incline make it easier to experience Aliso Viejo and Laguna Woods Canyon. If you are an expert hiker, the Dripping Caves hiking trail provides a excellent entry point into Laguna Canyon and connects to other trails in the canyon, including Car Wreck Trail. The cave’s shelter and cool climate provides an excellent resting point for the hike’s halfway point.Trail Map:

View Dripping Cave – Aliso Viejo in a larger map


Directions (to Aliso Viejo starting point

From the Los Angeles/Riverside Area:
  • Take the 1-5 S to Alicia Pkwy in Laguna Hills.
  • Take the Alicia Pwky ext from 1-5 South exit from 1-5 South.
  • Continue on Alicia Pkwy.
  • Drive to Pacific Park Dr.
  • Turn right onto Alicia Pkwy
  • Turn right onto Pacific Park Dr


From the San Diego Area:
  • Take the 1-5 N to Aliso Creek Rd in Aliso Viejo.
  • Take the Aliso Creek Rd exit from CA-73 North
  • Turn left onto Aliso Creek Rd
  • Turn left onto Pacific Park Dr.
Where to Park:
  • There
    are street options available at both locations. Use your best
    discretion when parking in the street and follow the street signs.
What to Bring:

When to Go:

  • Year-Round: Due to Aliso Viejo’s moderate climate, the Dripping Caves trail is typically opened year-round. It’s generally flat terrain make it ideal and easily accessible for casual hikers and mountain bikers. If you go in the summer months, the Go Hike It team recommends starting in the early morning hours to avoid hot temperatures.



How the Trail Looks:

Dripping Cave Trail
Inside the Dripping Cave aka Robbers Cave
Aliso Viejo Dripping Cave Trail Marker
Dripping Cave entrance
Dense trail brush proceeding Dripping Cave
Dripping Cave sign overview

Have you explored the Dripping Caves Hike within the Aliso Viejo Woods Canyon? What’s your favorite Laguna Beach hike?
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