Hiking is one of the most popular adrenaline filled sports out there. Here in OC it’s no different, many of the residents love hiking on the weekends. This week we decided to give you guys our Fave Five hiking spots in OC.

Peter Canyon Santa Ana

Our first fave hiking spots in OC is Peters Canyon Regional Park which is located in Santa Ana, California. This park has 340 acres of grassland habitats, freshwater marsh, coastal sage scrub and riparian. The upper Peters Canyon Reservoir has a good number of residents and it is also a great location to see migrating waterfowl. You will see many different types of trees like Sycamores, Cottonwoods and Black Willows lining Peters Canyon Creek and the lake. The park isn’t only for hikers though, it also offers a variety of graded roads and trails that are great for mountain bikers and equestrians. Peter Canyon Creek Nature Trail allows you to enjoy different forms of nature.

Park Hours: 7:00 A.M. to Sunset
*Trails may be closed for up to three days following rain.
Phone: (714) 973-6611 or (714) 973-6612
Address: 8548 E. Canyon View Ave. Orange, CA 92869
Parking Fee: $3 daily
Email: peterscanyon@ocparks.com

Laguna Top Of the World Hike

Top Of the World is a community park located in Laguna Beach, California. The official name of the park is Alta Laguna Park, but because of its fame as the Top Of The World, the name has stuck. The park is called Top Of the World because it currently stands at about a thousand feet above sea level. Because of its altitude, you can literally see all of Orange County from the park on a clear day. Most people who go to the park are attracted by the great hiking and biking trails. Its also great to take the kids because of the great views from the playground and tennis courts.

Phone: (949) 715-1674‎
Location: 3300 Alta Laguna Blvd Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Parking: Free

Quail Hill Trailhead

Quail Hill Trailhead is a great place to connect to southern Cali’s trail network. The 2.8 acre trailhead is located in Irvine, California and has a 2 mile natural surface trail that is open from dawn to dusk. This trail (Quail Hill Loop) is the only wilderness trail within the area that allows dogs (on leashes). A unique aspect of this trail is that you must have your cell phone in order to take full advantage of the area. Irvines self guided cell phone tour will help you get around the area while you hear information about important feature you will find along the trail.

Phone: (714) 508-4757
Address: 34 Shady Canyon Drive Irvine, CA 92603
Audio tour number: (949) 743-5943

San Clemente Ridgeline Trail

Here is another great OC trail you can enjoy on your free time. The San Clemente Ridgeline Trail is about 4.7 miles out and back along a ridgeline located above the city. Unlike many of the other trails on this list, this one is paved, making it a great choice when it’s raining outside. The trail is also known for its breathtaking views of the ocean and surrounding mountains. Because the trail runs along a ridge line, you can see both Santiago and Modjeska Peaks, Dana Point marina, Catalina and the San Clemente islands. In order to get to the trail, you must first park in the cul-de-sac at the end of Calle Cordillera. Then you can continue to past the black gate and follow the paved trail that will take you up the hill where you will reach the ridge. Once you reach a small junction on the trail, simply follow the painted arrows on the path (going the other way will take you down to suburbia).

Location: Avenue San Pablo near Calle Ameno, Rancho San Clemente neighborhood.
Hours: It is recommended that you go during daylight hours.

Carbon Canyon Regional Park

This is probably the most family friendly place on the list. Children and adults of all ages are welcome. The park has 4 playgrounds that are pretty close to one-another and they all have views of a small lake in the area. It is great to go on a family picnic if you plan to stay the whole day and go on a nature hike. The park also has a butterfly garden that your kids are sure to enjoy. If you want to go on a private hike with your family, consult a ranger about hiking up the trail that is located past the tennis courts. You can also go on guided hikes to the Redwood Grove which are available on most weekends, the schedule to these hikes can be found in the calendar link below.

Address: 4442 Carbon Canyon Road, Brea
Caleder/schedule: http://ocparks.com/parks/carbon/events
Parking: $3 on weekdays and $5 on weekends
Email: carboncanyon@ocparks.com
Park Hours: Fall - Winter Hours, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST
Park Hours: Spring - Summer Hours, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. PDT

Hiking Spots in OC

Those were our Fave Five hiking spots in OC. Whether you want to go alone or with your family there are great hiking spots in OC. So, why not take advantage of the beautiful landscapes that our beautiful cities have to offer?

Michael Hernandez

Michael Hernandez

Staff Writer at OC Foodie Fest
Hey! I am Michael and I have been living in Orange County for 10 years now. I love to write, especially about Orange County. On my free time I like to head down to the beach with friends and play basketball on men's Sunday league team.
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