The coastal canyons near Laguna beach offer rugged wilderness beauty within a short drive. The Cholla Trail, located within the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, branches off from the West Ridge Trail and Wood Canyon Trail and offers a short, but steep hike. Most people combine hiking Cholla Trail with other trails in the area to make a loop. Trails are well marked, but pick up a map from the Ranger Station in the park and plan your route before you go. And expect to be huffing and puffing by the time you reach the top!