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A Glimpse of a Coastal Jewel

Photos by Ron Chilcote

With the reopening of the Emerald Canyon Trail in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park this month, we figured readers might enjoy a glimpse into what some consider the jewel of the coastal canyons.

Emerald Canyon Trail begins at the top of Bommer Ridge, a less than hour’s hike from Laguna Canyon Road.

This canyon drops into oak and sycamore groves and has a creek running through it during the rainy season and a large waterfall below.

From Emerald Canyon, the Old Emerald trail leads to Bommer Ridge and Boat Canyon.

Oak in Emerald Canyon

Oak in Emerald Canyon

 

Oak in Emerald Canyon

Oak in Emerald Canyon

Emerald Canyon oaks

Emerald Canyon oaks

Emerald Canyon and Old Emerald Trail

Emerald Canyon and Old Emerald Trail

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