Local Hiking Spots Part 1, Orange County

Welcome to part 1 of a series of posts about local hiking spots. Hiking is perfect for getting your legs, feet, and body accustomed to strenuous activity. It is a great way to workout while spending time with friends, walking your dog or possibly even riding a horse. But before you hit the trails be sure to pack water, non-perishable snacks (trail mix and energy bars are good options!), and a map to ensure safety. It is also important to follow precautions and stay on the already paved trails unless told otherwise.

Orange County is full of nature as well as beautiful scenery and there are a ton of local hiking trails.


  1. Juanita Cooke Greenbelt (Fullerton, CA)

This 2.5-mile trail connects some of the area’s quiet neighborhoods with Downtown Fullerton. It is ideal for equestrian, pedestrian, and bike use. The surface is wide and mostly mulch and dirt. The trail is full of flowering shrubs, citrus trees, and other vegetation. This trail is dog friendly.


Directions: Laguna Lake Park to N Euclid & W Valencia Mesa, Fullerton, CA 92835


  1. Black Star Canyon Trail (Orange, CA)

This 6.8-mile hike takes you to Black Star Canyon Falls. In the 1800’s, the canyon was home to the Black Star Coal Mining Company (hence the name). The trail starts off on a dirt road and the last portion of it requires some “boulder hopping” up the stream bed in order to reach the falls. This hike has been rated as difficult and heavy poison oak has been reported in the area so please proceed with caution. This trail is also dog friendly.


Directions: The trail can be accessed off of Highway 241 at Santiago Canyon. You will then turn left onto Silverado Canyon and left onto Black Star Canyon Road



  1. Santiago Oaks Regional Park (Orange, CA)

This park is 1,269 acres and full of nature including mountain vistas, an orange grove, a creek, and a mature forest full of different species of trees. There are a series of interconnecting trails that are perfect for hikers, bikers, and equestrians. This is also a great place to hike with your dog. The park is open from 7 am to sunset year-round. There is a $3 parking fee Monday-Friday and $5 fee Saturday-Sunday.


Address: 2145 N. Windes Drive, Orange, CA 92869

Park Brochure: http://www.ocparks.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=15730

Park Map:



**because of the Canyon Fire 2, there have been some closures. Please see this map




  1. Powder Canyon Loop Trail (La Habra, CA)

This 5 mile loop features beautiful wild flowers and is great for dogs, horses, and mountain biking. This trail is also known for the walnut trees along the way. Many people have reported seeing wildlife such as deer. Its hiking level has been rated as moderate.

Address: 2345 Fullerton Rd, La Habra Heights, CA 90631


  1. Deer Canyon Park Preserve (Anaheim, CA)

This 130-acre park is hidden behind a residential area in Anaheim Hills. There are multiple trails that are perfect for running and most of them are along a small creek. This trail is dog friendly and filled with benches and picnic areas. It also has a beautiful view of the houses below as well as Chino Hills. People have reported seeing deer, bobcat, coyote, and snakes while visiting.


Address: 7502 E Hollow Oak Rd, Anaheim, CA 92808




All photos from yelp.com