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
View Dripping Cave – Aliso Viejo in a larger map
- 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
- 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.
are street options available at both locations. Use your best
discretion when parking in the street and follow the street signs.
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:
|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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