UPDATE: The fairies are no longer located at Aliso Summit, they have found a new home at the Oso Creek Trail in Mission Viejo.
One day last week the power went out in our neighborhood. It's summer. In California. There was no way we were staying home. So even though I was (and still am) recovering from a respiratory infection I bundled the kids, water bottles, and snacks into the car and we headed west toward the coast. I'd heard that there was a fairy trail nature walk in Laguna Niguel, and that it was flat, and a fairly short walk so I thought I'd be able to manage that. Well, we weren't disappointed at all. I thought Flynn might not be as excited to go here as Marisol, who has been begging me to start building our own fairy garden at home, but he ran off as soon as we got there to search for fairy doors, trolls, and of course squirrels and lizards.
The Aliso Summit trail is about 7 miles long, but the fairy trail portion I'd guess is less than a mile. I really wish I'd remembered to turn on the Runkeeper app on my phone to track how far we walked. Just remember that however far you walk, you need to turn around and walk the same distance back to the car again.
We actually missed the very first fairy home when we first started out on the trail. I was too busy looking at pretty flowers, and the kids had run ahead, but we spotted it on our way back, so start looking as soon as you step off the sidewalk onto the trail. The trail ends when it turns into a paved road, so you can either keep going, or turn around and head back to your car ... which is what we did.