Orange County, California is home to hundreds of incredibly underrated hiking trails. Offering a wide variety, the OC has trails ranging from easy beach-adjacent hikes with jaw-dropping coastline views to strenuous hikes that lead you to the top of the mountain. In today’s post, we thought we would share a list of some trails to check out this upcoming Summer.
Anaheim – Weir Canyon Loop Trail
A moderate, 3.6-mile heavily trafficked loop trail featuring gorgeous wildflowers.
Bolsa Chica – Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
Minutes from Huntington Beach, this easy hike allows for great opportunities to spot wildlife and takes you on a scenic loop through 1,300+ acres of protected wetlands.
Dana Point – Dana Point Headlands Trail
An enjoyable loop hike through a new preserve and three parks showcasing breathtaking ocean views throughout.
Laguna Beach – Top of the World
A loop hike that begins with panoramic ocean views. It leads down into the main part of Aliso and Wood Canyon Wilderness Park and then back up to the Top of the World.
Newport Beach – Crystal Cove State Park
This loop trail offers pristine coastal nature, ocean views, and well-marked trails.
Newport Beach – Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve Hike
Features a fun, easy loop hike that offers great views! The trail takes you down along the shore of the Upper Newport Bay, then back along the bluffs overlooking the bay.
Orange/Tustin – Peters Canyon Regional Park
One of the most popular hikes in the OC, it has everything: well-maintained trails, climbs and flats, panoramic views, and opportunities to spot wildlife.
San Clemente – Sea Summit Trail
You know the trail with stairs that you drive by on PCH nearby the San Clemente Outlets? This is the one! Sea Summit Trail boasts panoramic coastal views the entire hike.
Whiting Ranch – Red Rock Canyon Trail
There are several trails amongst Whiting Ranch, but Red Rock is the most popular. A gentle climb, the trail leads to an Arizona or Utah-like red rock canyon.