Mountain View Park in Lake Forest is hidden behind a housing community and is slightly off any major roads. We have visited this park during the week and towards the end of our visit we were the only people at the park so we enjoyed listening to the birds sing. Since it isn’t on a major street you don’t have to compete with any road traffic or noise.
Directions to Mountain View Park in Lake Forest: The park is off Interstate 5 in Lake Forest between Lake Forest Drive and El Toro Road (inland, on the mountain side of the interstate). Exit at Lake Forest Drive and turn right on Muirlands. Turn right on Dylan from Muirlands. Park on Dylan Avenue at Lipton Street in front of the park. (Address: 24061 Dylan Avenue, Lake Forest) MAP TO MOUNTAIN VIEW PARK IN LAKE FOREST
Three play areas, one for the toddlers and two for the big kids.
- My son loves the tree house themed playground, and the sand box is a close second.
- HUGE sandbox with a shade covering
- Each time we have visited the park the other park visitors are friendly — and the park has been clean.
- Lots of places to climb and several slides
- Shade coverings over play areas and lots of trees and grass
- Lots of benches to sit on around the play areas
- Workout equipment for the adults
- Baby swings, bench swings and a tire swing
- LOTS of grass to run around in
- Long walking path
- Park sits away from the road so when we have visited the park it is very quiet and peaceful
- Playgrounds are spread out and could be stressful watching two or more kids especially if they want to be on separate playgrounds
- Baby swings, bench swings, and tire swings are all on separate playgrounds so it could be difficult to monitor children of different ages that want to swing at the same time
- Street parking (no dedicated lot)
- Play surface: Bark
- Covered picnic areas with BBQs
- Restroom at front of park (family restroom – one stall)
- Basketball court & tennis courts
- Drinking fountain
- Official Lake Forest park information
- Info on how to reserve the picnic shelter through Lake Forest Community Services
- Nearest public library branch: El Toro Public Library
Contributed by Volunteer Park Reporter: Kristin Hallett is the mom of two children (ages 2 & 6). She loves taking them to new parks, and also playing at favorite parks. She says: “A good day is a day when my kids are covered head to toe in dirt, and totally sticky with juice, sand, and crumbs but smiling ear to ear as we played all morning or afternoon at the park.”
Photo Credit: Kristin Hallett