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Hikes In Orange County

There is an Orange County hiking trail for everyone, from tough mountain hikes, to hidden waterfalls, to pristine coastal hikes with ocean views.  Cleveland National Forest in the east is a vast treasure trove of primitive hikes away from the malls and developments in Orange County. Because the area is somewhat affluent, the Orange County Parks Department is one of the best in the USA. And if you just need an easy hike to reconnect with nature, a beach hike is easy enough and requires little preparation.

Name Distance Level Location Climb Dogs
Santa Margarita River Trail5.7ModerateFallbrook630Y
Crystal Cove Red Route Hike9.2HardLaguna Beach1600N
Top of the World Hike (Laguna Beach)2.4HardLaguna Beach890Y
Car Wreck Trail (Laguna Beach)3.8ModerateLaguna Beach950N
Weir Canyon Loop Trail Hike3.8ModerateAnaheim830Y
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve Hike4.5EasyHuntington Beach20N
Quail Hill Trail2EasyIrvine164Y
Crystal Cove Hike9ModerateLaguna Beach1140N
Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve Hike3EasyNewport Beach120Y
Hike Indian Truck Trail to Santiago Peak21HardCorona4910Y
Hike Black Star Canyon Trail7.1ModerateSilverado820Y
Hike the Bedford Peak Trail (Orange County)7.2HardSilverado2000Y
Caspers Wilderness Park – Hike San Juan Hot Springs10.5ModerateSan Juan Capistrano830N
Sitton Peak Hike9.2ModerateTrabuco Canyon1960Y
Hike Holy Jim Falls Trail2.8EasyCorona600Y
Modjeska Peak Hike15HardTrabuco Canyon4820Y
Saddleback Mountain Hike (Santiago Peak)15.6HardCorona4300Y
Peters Canyon Hike5.9ModerateOrange650Y
Whiting Ranch Hiking: Red Rock Canyon4.2EasyFoothill Ranch470N
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park Hike7.5HardLaguna Beach1120N

sitton peak hike

Best Orange County Hikes

  1. Crystal Cove State Park
  2. Saddleback Mountain (Santiago Peak)
  3. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
  4. Whiting Ranch Hiking: Red Rock Canyon
  5. Sitton Peak

Best Orange County Hikes For Families

  1. Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve Hike
  2. Quail Hill
  3. Hike Holy Jim Falls Trail
  4. Whiting Ranch Hiking: Red Rock Canyon
  5. Peters Canyon Hike

Best Orange County With Ocean Views

  1. Crystal Cove State Park
  2. Saddleback Mountain (Santiago Peak)
  3. Sitton Peak

Toughest Orange County Hikes

  1. Modjeska Peak
  2. Indian Truck Trail to Santiago Peak
  3. Saddleback Mountain (Santiago Peak)
  4. Bedford Peak

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