Hikes in Orange County
Flanked by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Santa Ana Mountains to the east, hiking in Orange County can be a varied experience. The heavily populated county is home to several satisfying parks that break up the city sprawl of over three million residents. If you want to get outdoors in Orange County, Disneyland is not your only option!
Hiking Orange County
Orange County’s most rugged trails can be found in the Santa Ana Mountains, which run along the border between Orange County and Riverside County. Santiago Peak is the highest point in the Santa Ana Mountains and in Orange County at 5,687 feet. A National Forest Adventure Pass may be required to visit some areas of the Santa Ana Mountains that are protected by Cleveland National Forest. While not technically in Orange County, Ortega Falls and El Cariso Nature Trail are located in the Santa Ana Mountains just across the county border in Riverside County, so you may want to check them out too.
Orange County Hiking
This collection of trails in Orange County, California lists hikes roughly from north to south and west to east. 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, GPS maps, elevation profiles, directions, and all other information needed to locate and enjoy these hikes in Orange County. Below the table is an interactive map showing the location of each hike.
|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.
Or explore hikes around Orange County on the Hike Finder Map.