Hiking

Hiking


Bolsa Chica

The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is a wetland that is located on the Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach, and is an easy stroll that is great for birders. Bring a pair of binoculars to get a better look at the numerous residential or migratory seabirds and waterfowl. There is no charge to access the estuary, and no horses or mountain bikes are permitted on the trails.

Irvine Regional Park

The Irvine Regional Park is tucked away in an oak woodland that offers a variety of terrain options. The park’s beauty is enhanced by a mix of human alterations and natural wild lands. The park is bisected by Santiago Creek, and in the center there is a main pond with a foot bridge. There is also a small zoo, concession stands and wildlife exhibits, making it a perfect gathering place for families and friends. There are also trails in the foothills for a more secluded experience. The park is open to hikers, mountain bikers, horses, and leashed dogs.

Santiago Oaks Regional Park

Located in Santiago Regional Park, west of Orange, this land experienced a severe wildfire in March of 2007. This is an excellent place to witness fire ecology in action, where native vegetation has re-sprouted and most of the park’s trails have been re-opened for visitors. The trails in this park also lead to other trails in the Anaheim hills. The views from the top are wonderful.

Holy Jim Trail to Santiago Peak (Cleveland National Forest)

If you are on a quest for a more strenuous trek, Santiago Peak is the highest summit in the Santa Ana range (locally known as the saddleback mountains) with a whopping 3,000 foot elevation gain. The best time to do this hike is after a rain event for a clear 360 degree view of five counties from the top. Among one of the state’s densest cluster of telecommunications equipment, you can see Santa Catalina islands in the west, Mt. Palomar to the south, San Jacinto Peak in the desert, and San Gorgonio to the north with the ever expanding blanket of urban sprawl in between. Along the hike are waterfalls and beautiful rock grottos that provide relief from the chaparral on a hot day. This trail permits hikers, horses and dogs, but no mountain bikes.




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