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Counter Culture Crawl


Walking Tours & Hikes
Laguna Beach, CA

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Counter Culture Crawl


Walking Tours & Hikes
Laguna Beach, CA

Laguna’s Counterculture Crawl

We touched more souls than Jesus, ‘cause Jesus didn’t have no acid
— Brotherhood of Eternal Love

While the Summer of Love was happening in San Francisco, a group of surfers, artists, hippies, and outlaws descended on the quiet beach hamlet of Laguna Beach and turned it into the Haight Ashbury of Southern California. The Brotherhood of Eternal Love became the biggest producers of LSD in the country, Timothy Leary moved to town, along with poets, mystics, sages and gurus opposing the Vietnam War and preaching peace and free love. Surf, psychedelic and visionary art was birthed, and for a brief moment in time Laguna was the epicenter of a new consciousness.

Tours: Every Friday, 10am, $65pp
Includes: waters, trolley ride, and special eyewear

This 2 hour, 2 mile walking tour is every Friday at 10am. Meet at Festival of Arts entry, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. Plenty of metered parking on Laguna canyon Rd, or across from the Festival at Lot 11 ($3 all day).

Highlights include:

The “Hippie Mafia:” How the Brotherhood spread peace, love & 100 million hits of Orange Sunshine LSD.

Timothy Leary’s Influence & Bust: He brought a lot of heat to town, played the rock star, and went down.

Mystic Arts World: the metaphysical emporium started by the Brotherhood that was the epicenter of the consciousness shift.

The Visionary Art Scene: Where a new vocabulary was emerging from the confluence of surf, music, psychedelics, and the antiwar movement.

Action Sports Pioneers: Where surf, skimboarding, skateboarding and mountain bike pioneers lived and innovated. 

Anti-War Activism: The resistance that led to saving Laguna Canyon from development.

The Music Scene: Birthplace of West Coast reggae.

 

In this walking “trip” down memory lane (or what’s left of it), you will see where it all took place.

La Vida Laguna

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Laguna Art and Architecture Tour


Laguna Art and Architecture Tour


Laguna Art and Architecture Tour

Laguna Beach is an artist colony and home to over 200 pieces of public art, and hundreds of historic, turn-of0the-century California Craftsman homes. In this walking tour we will begin at the Sawdust Festival, then walk into town and up to Main Beach. Then we head north into Heisler Park, a beautiful urban seaside park filled with succulents, art, and amazing views. We head through the North Laguna neighborhood of stunning oceanfront architecture to the most dramatic lookout in town, Crescent Bay Park. Then it’s back downtown via North Laguna’s charming Craftsman neighbrohoods. We’ll tour downtown landmarks and art installations before returning to the Sawdust Festival via the Arts District.

2192 Ocean Way

This Large Craftsman home was built in the Summer of 1927 for E.H. Newland of Hollywood.

Tour: Every Monday, 10am, $65pp
Includes: water

This 2 hour, 2.5 mile walking tour is every Monday at 10am. Meet at Festival of Arts entry, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. Plenty of metered parking on Laguna canyon Rd, or across from the Festival at Lot 11 ($3 all day).

Highlights Include:

  • Main Beach
  • Heisler park
  • Crescent Bay Park
  • North Laguna Neighborhoods
  • Pyne Castle
  • Downtown

This 2 hour tour departs on Wednesdays at 10am. There are some hills and good walking shoes are recommended. Water is provided. $65pp. Meet at Sawdust Festival front entry. 


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Wilderness Hikes


Wilderness Hikes


Laguna Greenbelt Hike

This scenic loop begins at the downtown Festival of Arts - home to Pageant of the Masters - where we'll tour the grounds before ascending behind it to the Water Tank Trail. We'll hike straight up the ridge line, with commanding Pacific views south to Laguna, North to Newport Beach, and west to Catalina Island. You'll experience the native coastal sage scrub habitat of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, part of a 25,000 acre network of protected coastal wilderness. 

Tours: Every Wednesday, 10am, $65pp

Includes: water, walking stick

We'll ascend to the 1,000' crest of Bommer Ridge, where you will also enjoy a commanding view of the Cleveland National Forest to the east, home to Saddleback Mountain, Orange County's highest peak at 5,000'. The 360' mountain and ocean views from this wilderness park are stunning. Then it's back down via the Laguna Bowl trail, which deposits us back at the Festival grounds. 

This tour is strenuous involves steep climbs and descents on some slippery terrain, but is wide and non technical and suitable to all participants who are fit. There is little to no shade, so hikers must stay well hydrated and able to tolerate heat. Water provided.