Lilly Shappel Park

Lilly Shappel Park, Laguna Niguel

Lilly Shappel Park is a public park, but it’s located in a gated community so you will have to pass through a manned gate to get there. Also note that you must have a flying permit issued by the City of Laguna Niguel to fly there and the permit, along with a current AMA card, needs to be attached to the frequency board at the park while you’re flying. CLICK HERE for more information about Lilly Shappel park and obtaining a permit to fly there

Added: December 27, 2013

LOCATION:
Lilly Shappel Park is located on the east rim of the Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park in the City of Laguna Niguel.

MAP INFORMATION:
33.54608°N, 117.71966°W • Google Mapstopozone.com

FAVORABLE WINDS:
The slope works best in West winds but works well in winds ranging from WNW to WSW and there is a lot of thermal elements in the lift.

WEATHER OBSERVATION LINKS:
SBLBT Laguna Beach Top (MesoWest) – 2 mi. W of slope on west canyon rim

WEATHER FORECAST LINKS:
NOAA/NWS Local 7-Day ForecastNOAA/NWS Zone ForecastNOAA/NWS Area Discussion
National Weather Service Graphical Forecast Map

GENERAL NOTES:
Steep 240′ west-facing slope. The top landing area is mowed grass, but it’s narrow and surrounded by expensive homes. The preferred place to land larger and faster planes is on the face of the slope near the top rather than on the grass.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS (CLICK HERE for map):
Starting point: Junction of I-5 & Crown Valley Pkwy.

  • Go SW on Crown Valley Pkwy 3.3 mi. to Niguel Rd. and TURN RIGHT
  • Go NW on Niguel Rd. 0.3 mi. to Alicia Pkwy and TURN RIGHT
  • Go N on Alicia Pkwy 0.9 mi to Highland Ave. and TURN LEFT
  • Go up the hill on Highland Ave, 0.3 mi. to Drakes Bay and TURN RIGHT
  • Tell the friendly guard that you’re going to Lilly Shappel Park
  • Go N on Drakes Bay 0.2 miles past the guard shack to the park (on the left)

GPS WAYPOINTS:
33.55919,-117.67315 – Junction of I-5 & Crown Valley Pkwy.
33.54183,-117.71503 – Junction of Alicia Pkwy & Highland Ave.
33.54145,-117.71915 – Junction of Highland Ave. & Drakes Bay (guard shack)

All coordinates on this page are WGS84/NAD83 map datum.