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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

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

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.

Gear That I Love Right Now

Nothing is sponsored or promoted, just the actual gear that I use.

Gear Inreach Mini 2
Garmin InReach Mini 2Hit SOS or just tell loved ones that you're running late where your cell phone has no service.  Review here.
Gear Topo Pursuit
Topo Pursuit 2The best hiking footwear I've ever owned. No blisters. Get them wet, they dry quickly. Lots of cushion and comfort.
Gear Epix Pro Up Ahead
Garmin Epix ProHiking maps, route info, and fitness stats on my wrist. Review here.
Hikelite 26 Gear
Osprey Hikelite 26Lightweight, carries all your gear, and your back doesn't get sweaty. Oh yea, it's also one of the most inexpensive packs you can get.

Check out the complete list here. ( Updated July 2024)

Weir Canyon Trail Maps

Weir Canyon Trail Sign
The trail is well-marked with these signs.
Click Here To View

Use This Map:
View in CalTopo | PDF Map | GPX File

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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This Guide Was Written by Cris Hazzard

Cris Hazzard 4 Mile Trail Yosemite
Hi, I'm Cris Hazzard, aka Hiking Guy, a professional outdoors guide, hiking expert, and author based in Southern California. I created this website to share all the great hikes I do with everyone else out there. This site is different because it gives detailed directions that even the beginning hiker can follow. I also share what hiking gear works and doesn't so you don't waste money. I don't do sponsored or promoted content; I share only the gear recommendations, hikes, and tips that I would with my family and friends. If you like the website and YouTube channel, please support these free guides (I couldn't do it without folks like you!). You can stay up to date with my new guides by following me on YouTube, Instagram, or by subscribing to my monthly newsletter.