Everything you need to know for your next hiking adventure.
The Santiago Peak Hike (aka the Saddleback Mountain Hike)
The Santiago Peak hike (also known as the Saddleback Mountain hike) climbs to Orange County's highest point. Santiago Peak dominates the Orange County skyline on a clear day, and is the highest peak in the Santa Ana Mountains, just begging to be hiked. This hike takes the shortest and most scenic route, the Holy Jim Trail.
The Mt Wilson Trail Hike
The Mt Wilson Trail hike brings you the top of iconic Mt. Wilson, which can be seen from most of LA. It's the mountain with all the antennas on top. Hiking to the Mt Wilson summit gives you great views of all of LA, and the chance to visit the Mt Wilson Observatory, which has museums and a snack bar. It's a tough hike but worth the effort.
The Mt Baldy Hike
Everyone does the Mt Baldy hike, it's the tallest mountain in LA and the San Gabriel range. Mt Baldy's official name is Mt San Antonio, and it's 10,064 feet high. Getting to the top is not easy, it's about 4000 ft of tough climbing, but after the hike to the summit, you can see from the Pacific to the Mojave on a clear day. The hike is well worth the effort.
The Mt Baden-Powell Hike
The 3000 feet of climbing on the Mt Baden-Powell hike will challenge your legs and lungs, but the 360 degree panoramic views at the top make it all worth the effort.
The Peters Canyon Hike: An Orange County Hiking Favorite
If you're looking for a good Peters Canyon hike, this route offers the best of the park. You get great views, well marked trails, and a shady boardwalk through a lush creek. Peters Canyon Regional Park is easily accessible from most of Orange County, and is a great hike that's not too far off the beaten path.
Know Where You’re Going
There are many trails, in the wilderness and in life. Look inside and think about where you want to go, and then find the trails that take you there. Carry this hiking wisdom with you on and off the trail.
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park Hike: Red Rock Canyon
The Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park hike to Red Rock Canyon is a mellow, easy hike that leads a photo-friendly red sandstone canyon. The hike follows the oak-shaded Borrego Canyon Trail until it reaches one of the only places in Orange County where sandstone is exposed in a canyon, like it is in the desert, creating a beautiful photo opportunity.
The Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area Hike
Just minutes from LAX, the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area hike is an oasis in the city. Set amidst the oil fields surrounding LAX, yet home to lizards, snakes, coyotes, hawks, moles, barn swallows, owls, squirrels and tons of rabbits. But best of all, you get great sunset views and on a clear day, views of downtown LA with the San Gabriel Mountains in the background.
The Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Hike
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, nestled in the middle of the westside of LA, is a great place to get a quick hiking fix in the middle of LA's urban sprawl. As a bonus for doing this little climb, you get great views, from the Pacific Ocean to the San Gabriel Mountains.
The Runyon Canyon Hike
The Runyon Canyon hike is a gem in the heart of Hollywood. Runyon Canyon is popular with celebs, fitness enthusiasts, and can be crowded at times, but it's actually a rugged little hike with some incredible views. It even won a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!