Peters Canyon Hike

Peters Canyon Hike

This Peters Canyon hike takes you on a 6 mile tour of the 340-acre Peters Canyon Park. The hike offers panoramic views and wildlife spotting opportunities, right in the middle of Orange County.

3.5 / 5
5.9 miles (9.5 km)
2:30 hours
680 ft (207 m)
Trail Condition:
Marked Trails
Known For:
Best Time:
Morning, Evening
Hike Weather:

Peters Canyon Hike Trail Maps

Google Maps trailhead:
8548 E. Canyon View Ave., Orange, CA, 92869, USA

Hike Location

Peters Canyon Hike location
Peters Canyon Regional Park is in Orange, right by Tustin. It's central in Orange County, and 20 minutes east of John Wayne Airport.

3D Hike Map

Peters Canyon Hike 3d map
The hike covers the entire park, which is wedged nicely in between a residential area. Peters Canyon is really an oasis within suburbia.

Hike Elevation Profile

Peters Canyon Hike elevation
There's one really steep hill, and then the rest of the hike is pretty gradual up and down.

Interactive Hike Map

Peters Canyon Hike Map Downloads

Download a GPX file to use on your GPS device. GPS devices are great to plan and follow routes, and there are tons of free electronic hiking maps that you can use. But don't rely solely on electronic navigation, always have a paper backup. Print out the PDF below, get a topo map, and/or print these directions.

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Peters Canyon Hike Directions

Peters Canyon Hike

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What to Expect

Turn by Turn Directions

Peters Canyon Hike parking
The address for the hike is the park entrance on the north side of the park. Use the solar meters to pay with cash or credit cards, and leave the receipt on your dashboard. Make your way to the far end of the parking lot.
Peters Canyon Hike maps
There are free hiking maps at the hiking board. Take one in case you get lost. Keep it in good shape and return it when you’re done.
Peters Canyon Hike bathrooms
From the end of the parking lot, hike to the left. There are bathrooms here.
Peters Canyon Hike trail
You’ll hike on the trail around the parking lot. Keep hiking to the right.
road runner on Peters Canyon Hike
The trail goes along the road, keep hiking straight. Check out the road runner crossing the trail in the picture.
Peters Canyon Hike shortcut
Skip the shortcut through the bird area to the right at 0.2 miles. You could see some birds and snakes around here, keep your eyes open.
Peters Canyon Hike sign
The shortcut I just mentioned is closed for half the year.
poison oak sign
Avoid touching plants. You’re in poison oak country.
Peters Canyon Hike gate
At the corner, hike through the gate to the right.
Peters Canyon Hike right turn
At about 0.4 miles, after hiking through the gate, hike to the right.
reservoir sign
If it’s a drought year, the reservoir might be empty. The park has good signs explaining various aspects of the park and ecology.
Peters Canyon Hike trail
At about 0.8 miles, you’ll arrive at a big trail intersection. Hike to the left up the hill.
 East Ridge View Trail sign
Follow the sign for East Ridge View Trail.
Peters Canyon Hike views
It’s a tough little climb up, but the views are worth it.
Peters Canyon Hike trail
At about 1 mile, you’ll reach the summit. Climb to the top of the concrete tower for an even better view, then continue hiking to the left.
Peters Canyon Hike bench
What a great bench to enjoy the view at the summit.
Peters Canyon Hike views
Catch your breath and enjoy the views.
Peters Canyon Hike trail goes left
Continue hiking down the hill, and at 1.3 miles, hike to the left at the bottom.
Peters Canyon Hike trail goes left
After the last turn, hike the next quick left.
Peters Canyon Hike trail intersection
At about 1.8 miles, the East Ridge View Trail intersects another trail. Keep hiking straight.
Eucalyptus Trail
At 2.4 miles, you’ll reach the end of the East Ridge View Trail. Hike right onto the Eucalyptus Trail.
Eucalyptus Trail marker
You’ll see trail markers for the Eucalyptus Trail. Keep hiking straight.
Peters Canyon Trail bathrooms
As the Eucalyptus Trail ends around 2.7 miles, hike to the left on the Peters Canyon Trail. This is also the place for a bathroom break.
Peters Canyon Hike trail junction
Continue hiking up Peters Canyon Trail. At about 3.2 miles, continue through the trail junction.
Creek Trail
Immediately after that last junction, hike to the left onto the Creek Trail.
Creek Trail
The Creek Trail is nice and shady. Keep your eyes peeled for animals that come to the water for a drink.
Peters Canyon Hike trail
A 3.5 miles, the Creek Trail ends at Peters Canyon Trail. Hike to the left.
Peters Canyon Hike trail
Continue straight on Peters Canyon Trail as other trails split off.
Peters Canyon Hike trail
At 4 miles, continue hiking straight through the intersection.
Lake View Trail
At 4.1 miles, you’ll come back to the intersection you were at earlier, before the steep climb. Make the left onto the Lake View Trail.
Peters Canyon Hike trail
Hike past the dam, and head to the smaller trail on the left.
Peters Canyon Hike trail
When you start the climb, there’s a trail to the left, continue hiking up the hill to the right.
Peters Canyon Hike trail
At 4.4 miles, you reach the top of the climb. Hike to the left.
Peters Canyon Hike trail
The trail goes down along the edge of Peters Canyon park. Keep hiking on the trail.
Cactus Point Trail
At 4.6 miles, hike to the right onto Cactus Point Trail.
eters Canyon reservoir
On this day, Peters Canyon reservoir was dry from the drought. If there’s water, you’ll get nice lake views and wildlife spotting opportunities.
Peters Canyon Hike trail
At the end of Cactus Point Trail, hike to the right.
Lake View Trail
At about 5.2 miles, keep hiking right on the Lake View Trail.
Lake View Trail
At 5.4, keep hiking right on the Lake View Trail.
Peters Canyon Hike trail
Again, keep hiking to the right and avoid trails to the left.
Peters Canyon Hike trail
The trail follows the road again. You’re almost there.
map box
You just finished the Peters Canyon hike, congratulations! Put your map back in the box so others can enjoy the park.
cris hazzard on Peters Canyon Hike
Hope you had fun on the hike! Be sure to check out my other hikes in Orange County.

A quick note. These directions are meant as a guide for the hike, and not a definitive source. Conditions change, and the information here can be different based on time of day, weather, season, etc. There can be small side trails that you might see but I missed. I have made every effort to include all the information you need to complete the hike successfully. I recommend using this guide in conjunction with a map, GPX file, common sense, and call to the ranger station or park office. If you do the hike and notice something has changed, please contact me and I will update the guide.