Hikes in Southern California
Below is a collection of trails in Southern California (Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, and San Diego County). These hikes are listed roughly from north to south, but the table may also be sorted alphabetically or by distance to help you pick your next hike. Each trail links to its own report complete with photos, maps, directions, and all the other information needed to locate and enjoy these hikes. An interactive map is also provided.
Hiking Southern California
While hikespeak.com proudly offers information on over 150 hikes in Los Angeles, the surrounding counties have enjoyable trails too. Below is a collection of trails in the Southern California counties of Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino. SoCal is SoReady to be hiked!
The highest point in Southern California in found in the San Bernardino Mountains in San Bernardino County. San Gorgonio Mountain is 11,500 feet tall and one of the most topographically prominent peaks in America. The San Bernardino National Forest is the principal parkland preserving the San Bernardino Mountains, protecting 676,666 acres in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
This hike follows a mountain stream to an overlook of an amazing heart-shaped formation in the rock wall along Seeley Creek Falls.
|1 - 1.4 miles|
This hike reaches a panoramic summit above the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains.
|170||Heaps Peak Arboretum|
Take a short hike on Sequoia Trail and Footprint Trail to learn about the plants, animals, and natural history of the San Bernardino Mountains.
This easy out and back hike takes a gradual course across the mountains on the south side of Big Bear Lake.
|230||Canyon View Loop Trail|
This loop in Whitewater Preserve crosses Whitewater River and incorporates a section of the Pacific Crest Trail to deliver big views up and down Whitewater Canyon.
This out and back hike crosses a saddle to a 5,790-foot summit with views of the mountains around San Jacinto Peak near Idyllwild.
|260||San Jacinto Peak via Marion Mountain Trail|
This non-nonsense out and back hike ascends to one of Southern California's most panoramic summits.
|270||Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail|
This gradual out and back hike near Idyllwild crosses quiet forests with rugged mountain views.
|300||Carbon Canyon Regional Park Redwood Grove|
This level hike visits a small grove of small coastal redwoods that is the largest grove of these large trees in Southern California.
|306||Weir Canyon Trail|
This loop explores the side of a canyon in a wilderness connected to Santiago Oaks Regional Park near Anaheim.
|310||Lake View Loop & East Ridge Overlook|
This figure eight loop adds a short extension to Lake View Loop to reach the high point of Peters Canyon Regional Park.
This level and easy loop circles a small lake in Huntington Beach Central Park.
|330||West Bluff Trail Loop|
This loop combines trails above and below the West Bluff in Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve to provide a variety of views across Upper Newport Bay.
|340||Little Sycamore Canyon - Serrano Ridge - Camarillo Canyon - Stagecoach South Trails Loop in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park|
This loop uses four trails to explore two canyons and a ridge in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park.
|360||Geology Discovery Trail|
This loop in Crystal Cove State Park follows guide markers exploring geology in the beautiful backcountry of this Orange County wilderness.
This out and back hike ventures down Moro Canyon to a picturesque beach in Crystal Cove State Park.
|390||El Cariso Nature Trail|
This loop examines common plants in the Santa Ana Mountains, along with uncommon views views across the mountain range, passing an old mine for more fun.
|1.35 - 1.55 miles|
This hike visits a refreshing waterfall, cascade, and swimming hole off Ortega Highway in the Santa Ana Mountains.
This hike follows an old road to an old campground with views over San Mateo Canyon in the Santa Ana Mountains.
This loop begins with a 1 2/3-mile ascent to a panoramic summit before descending along a ridge for even more views.
The out and back hike travels between Observatory Campground and Palomar Observatory, crossing a pleasant mountain woodland with valley views along the way.
|820||Indian Flats Trail|
This easy hike from Indian Flats Campground explores seasonal pools in the East Fork of the San Luis Rey River.
|980||Kwaay Paay Peak|
This out and back hike rewards a good workout with panoramic views as it climbs to a 1,194-foot summit in Mission Trails Regional Park, just 10 miles from downtown San Diego.