Orange County is not only home to some cool places (think Disneyland & Knott’s Berry Farm), but it’s also home to some of the coolest hiking trails around. So, instead of hitting the beaches or going to a theme park, try exploring Orange County’s natural side by visiting some of these regional parks:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Location: 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
This park is part of the South Coast Wilderness area and offers 40 miles of trails to explore. Check out the website for a schedule of guided tours or visit the Nix Nature Center for visitor/trail information.
Irvine Regional Park
Location: 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Ph: 714-973-6835 or 714-973-3173
This park has four picnic areas, hiking trails, and is now home to the Tuesday morning Famers Market. Also located within the park is the Irvine Park Railroad and OC Zoo.
Peters Canyon Regional Park
Location: 8548 E. Canyon View Ave., Orange, CA 92869
Ph: 714-973-6611 or 714-973-6612
The Lake View Trail was listed as one of the Best Hiking Trails in Orange County (2012 – CBS Los Angeles). The park offers a variety of trails for hikers, equestrians, and mountain bikers.
Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park
Location: 30952 Oso Parkway, Coto De Caza, CA 92679
This park is a 540 acre wildlife sanctuary, with 5 miles of single and multi-use trails.
Please remember these helpful safety tips:
•It is always a good idea to hike with a partner.
•Stay alert and keep to designated trails.
•Follow the park rules.
•Keep well hydrated and don’t forget to eat!