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5 Best Hiking Trails In Orange County

5 Best Hiking Trails In Orange County

Orange County, California, isn’t just about beaches and sunshine; it’s also home to some of the best hiking trails in Southern California that offer breathtaking views, challenging terrain, and a chance to reconnect with nature and see the local wildlife. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker searching for a steep trail, or just looking for a leisurely stroll, Orange County has something for everyone. So, lace up your hiking boots, grab your water bottle, and let’s explore the five best hiking trails in the OC!

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Top of the World – Laguna Beach:

If you’re seeking panoramic views that will leave you breathless (in a good way), head to Top of the World in Laguna Beach. This iconic trail lives up to its name, offering sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, and the surrounding hills on a clear day. The hike itself is moderate, with some uphill sections, but the payoff at the top is totally worth it. You can’t beat the views of the coast and it’s one of my favorite hikes to do in Southern California. Pro tip: Go at sunset for an unforgettable experience!


Crystal Cove State Park – Newport Beach:

Crystal Cove State Park boasts over 17 miles of trails that wind through pristine coastal wilderness, offering hikers a chance to explore the Newport Coast and spot local wildlife in the lush canyons. Whether you opt for the Moro Canyon Loop for a moderate hike, or tackle the challenging El Moro Ridge Trail for more elevation gain, you’ll be treated to stunning ocean views and lush canyon scenery along the way.

Peters Canyon Regional Park – Orange:

For a convenient escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, head to Peters Canyon Regional Park in Orange. This hidden gem offers a variety of trails suitable for all skill levels, from leisurely walks around the lake to more challenging hikes up the canyon ridge. Keep an eye out for native birds and wildlife as you travel through their natural habitat of the woodlands and rolling hills.

Santiago Oaks Regional Park – Orange:

Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains, Santiago Oaks Regional Park is a great spot to hike with over 20 miles of trails to explore. Whether you’re seeking a leisurely stroll along shaded creeks, or challenging steep inclines to scenic overlooks, this park has it all. Be sure to check out the historic dam and old mining relics scattered throughout the park for a glimpse into Orange County’s past.

Bommer Canyon – Irvine:

If you’re looking for solitude and serenity, look no further than Bommer Canyon in Irvine. This peaceful hike offers miles of secluded trails surrounded by rolling hills and rugged terrain. With its diverse landscapes and peaceful ambiance, Bommer Canyon is the perfect escape for hikers looking to recharge and reconnect with nature in Orange County.


Whether you’re chasing panoramic views on a three mile loop, exploring a coastal wilderness park, or seeking solitude in the hills with natural habitats, Orange County’s hiking trails offer endless opportunities for adventure and exploration. So, grab your hiking boots, pack some snacks, and hit the trails to discover the natural beauty that awaits in the OC! Happy hiking!



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