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Hikes In and Around Orange County

Hike Weir Canyon Trail

  • 3 miles - Easy Effort
  • Or: 1.5 to Hilltop and Back
  • 2 Hours (Total)
  • Can Get Very Busy
  • 500 Total Feet of Climbing
  • Max Elevation of 1,230 feet
  • Leashed Dogs Allowed

what does this mean?

The Weir Canyon Trail hike is tucked into Orange County suburbia, but once you step onto the trail, you will feel like you are miles away. The best time to visit is when it's cooler in the spring; it becomes one of the best places to see wildflowers, including the California poppy. It's an excellent hike for beginners and those who want a quick escape.

In this Guide:
  • Video & Hike Directions for Weir Canyon Trail
  • What You Need For the Hike
  • Getting to the Trailhead

When planning, always check the park website and social media to make sure the trails are open. Similarly, check the weather and road conditions.

Where is Weir Canyon Trail?

Weir Canyon Trail Location
The hike is located in Anaheim Hills, in the suburbs of Orange County, CA.

Don't just search for the Weir Canyon Trail on your maps app because there are multiple trailheads. We will start from a specific trailhead of the Santiago Oaks Regional Park. Use this trailhead address:
6984 E Overlook Terrace, Anaheim, CA 92807

Weir Canyon Loop Trail Hike 2
You'll drive through what looks like a gated community (but is not) and come down this hill as you approach your destination. Park anywhere along the side of the road, as close to the bottom as you can, without blocking a driveway.

There are no bathrooms or water at the trailhead or on the hike.

Gear Recommendations

This is a straightforward hike on wide trails, but there are some ups and downs. If you have hiking shoes or boots, they will help, as will trekking poles. But plenty of people do the hike in fitness gear and you can too. In the summer it gets really hot here, and there is no tree cover. Bring at least 1L of water.

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Weir Canyon Trail Maps

Weir Canyon Trail Sign
The trail is well-marked with these signs.
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Explore Map on CalTopoView a Printable PDF Hike MapDownload the Hike GPX File

Best Smartphone Apps to Navigate: AllTrails | GaiaGPS | OnX


Elevation Profile

Weir Canyon Trail Elevation
There's a climb in the beginning, and then it's rolling. The climbing is not extreme and should be doable by almost every hiker.

3D  Map

Weir Canyon Trail 3d Map
The trail goes in a lollipop-loop in a clockwise direction.

Weir Canyon Hike Directions

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The trail starts at gate 8, at the corner of the streets.
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Hike uphill on the Weir Canyon Trail.
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At the first split, hike to the left on the Weir Canyon Trail.
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Bear left again where the Old Weir Canyon Trail joins on the right.
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Climb up to the top of the hill.
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At the top of the hill, enjoy the views.

If you want a shorter, 1.5 mile hike, you can turn around and go back the way you came from here. Otherwise, continue.

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Continue along the ridge as the Weir Canyon Trail widens.
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Make the left on the Deer Weed Trail.
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Hike down the Deer Weed Trail.
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At the bottom, rejoin the Weir Canyon Trail and make the right.
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The trail has a few ups and downs as you head back on the other side of the loop.
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Go down the switchbacks with the fences.
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And then you'll rejoin the trail where you first split. Just go straight and you'll be back at the start.

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