Orange County Guided Hikes

All of my guided hiking tours are personally crafted to your needs, but if you need some inspiration, here are some popular Orange County guided hikes that most clients really enjoy. To learn more about how my guided hikes work and my rates, please visit my main guided hike page.

Crystal Cove Ocean Hikes

Crystal Cove Hike

Nestled above a scenic marine reserve, Crystal Cove State Park offers many hiking options, all with incredible sea views and trails through pristine coastal scrubland. Whether a short 1 hour, 2 mile hike or a longer adventure (up to 9 miles, 5 hours), there are trails for everyone. The park is home to many unique (and sometimes endangered) species that once thrived on the coast but now flocks to places like Crystal Cove since the coast is so developed. On a clear day you’ll see Catalina Island, Mt Baldy, and maybe even remote San Clemente Island, 41 miles in the Pacific.

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Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve Hike

If you’re a nature or photography lover, the 2 hour, 4.5 mile hike at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is for you. The hike is flat and winds it’s way around one of the more popular bird migration areas along the SoCal coast. You’re guaranteed to see ducks, herons, shorebirds, egrets, and probably some hawks or raptors. The hike also passes abandoned gun emplacements from WW2 when the government used this area for defense. A calm and easy hike with a lot of payoff.

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Red Rock Canyon

Whiting Ranch Hiking: Red Rock Canyon

This family-friendly, 2 hour, 4 mile hike takes you through up am oak woodland canyon, eventually ending in a smooth red rock canyon like you’d see in Arizona (but unique to Orange County). The gentle slopes give you a lot of payoff without a huge effort, and you might even spot some mule deer who often frequent the area.

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Sitton Peak

sitton peak hike

Want incredible views of Orange and San Diego counties without a major mountain expedition? Then the 5 hour, 9 mile Sitton Peak hike is for you. You’ll climb up through the trees of Cleveland National Forest to one of the peaks that has the most prominence in the area. The views will stretch from Catalina to the San Gabriel mountains. There’s even a candy store at the trailhead where you can reward yourself for all the calories you burned!

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