Are you ready for a fossil adventure? The adventure includes a walk through green hills where you can hunt for marine fossils followed by a stop at the Laguna Hills Community Center which has an extensive fossil display, free audio tours and a self-guided Paleopack program for children 2 to 9 years-old. We ended our outing at the prehistoric playground which is an awesome unique fossil-themed playground. The cost of the entire adventure: $0.00!
Details of the fossil adventure:
First stop: Fossil Hunt
Park at the Sheep Hills Park, in Laguna Hills (1), walk through the park towards the bike path (2) and then walk underneath the Moulton Parkway Bridge (3). Walk a little further and you will see a trail on the right side next the sign shown in the picture below (4). This is the trail you are looking for. Once you start walking start looking for fossils such as scallops, oysters or other mollusks. After a 15 minute walk you will hit a fork in the trail (6). Stay on the trail on the left and go up the hill. That is where we found the most fossils. This trail is a loop, so keep on walking and you will get back to the bike trail . The entire walk was 45 minutes but we explored quite a bit.
- I parked on Indian Hill Lane, right in front of the sign shown in picture “1”.
- You can’t bring strollers on this walk, so use a carrier for your little ones.
- The first part of the trail is beautiful and green but there aren’t many fossils to look for. If you want to go straight to the hill that has the most fossils, don’t take the trail where the sign in the picture “4” is. Instead continue walking on the bike path a little further and you will see another small trail that goes up towards the hill. Take that one to the top of the hill and explore up there.
- Don’t go on a very hot day. There isn’t much shade along the trail.
- Here is my attempt to map this outing for you –>http://bit.ly/1MBYrmD
Second stop: Laguna Hills Community Center
The address is 25555 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills, 92653. Just park for free in front of the building and visit their lobby. That is where you will find the fossil display. If you want to take the audio tours or join the self-guided Paleopack program, talk to someone at the front desk. I believe the center is open every day from 8am to 10pm Mon-Sat, and from 12pm to 6pm on Sundays.
Third stop: Prehistoric Playground
The playground is on the left side of the Laguna Hills Community Center. It is really fun for all ages! Just make sure you explore everything including the fossils next to the swings.