Peters Canyon Hike
|In This Guide|
|Distance||5.9 miles (9.5 km)|
|Other Options||2.7 miles|
|Hike Time||2:30 Hours (Total)|
|Total Ascent (?)||650 feet (198m)|
|Highest Elevation||683 feet (208m)|
|Fees & Permits||Parking Fee|
|Park Website (?)||Peters Canyon Regional Park|
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This hike through Peters Canyon Regional Park is one of the most popular hikes in Orange County for a good reason. The hike has everything: well-maintained trails, climbs and flats, panoramic views, and wildlife spotting opportunities. This Peters Canyon hike takes you on a very-doable 2:30 hour loop of the park. Lots of side trails offer opportunities to make it shorter if you’d like.
Where is Peters Canyon Regional Park?
Use this trailhead address: 8548 E. Canyon View Ave, Orange, CA 92869.
This hiking guide starts in the main parking lot (on the north side), which has plenty of room and bathrooms, but also a small fee. There are other areas where you can park on the street and access the park if you want to save the fee.
Gear for the Hike
This is a hike you can do in workout gear or hiking gear. It can get very hot in the summer, so bring plenty of water. I generally bring 2L in a hydration bladder. Trekking poles are helpful on the steep sections.
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Peters Canyon Hike Trail Maps
There are usually official Peters Canyon hiking trail maps at the trailhead, and you can also print one out here. If you want to do a shorter hike, the map will give you plenty of hiking options. Otherwise my guide and maps will do the trick. We’ll be taking the East Ridge Loop route, and there are signs along the trails to point you in the right direction.
Peters Canyon Hike Map Downloads
Download the Hike GPX File
View a Printable PDF Hike Map
Quick Hike History
- In 1899 one of the first golf clubs in Orange County, the Santiago Golf Club, was built here.
- The lake in the park, human-made and built in 1931, was once a reservoir used to irrigate James Irvine’s orange groves.
- During World War II there was an Army base at Peters Canyon, and after the war the Boy Scouts took it over.
- In 1992 the area became an Orange County park when the Irvine Company donated the land for public use.
- The wildfires of 2017 did a number on the park, and you can still see evidence of the damage on the hike.
Peters Canyon Hike Directions
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