Aliso Summit Fairy Hiking Trail, by OC Mom Blog, Naz Nodjoumi, June 4, 2017 

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.  The trail is a one-way trail, and you will need to return on the trail rather than walking back through the community.  Please do not walk back through the community, as it is a private 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


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

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 facebook.com/photosbynaz.

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