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Scenic Hiking Trails in Orange County

Meenakshi Sutar
Nature is not only for relaxing and healing. It also connects you with yourself! Discover the soul within you while hiking through these scenic trails in Orange County.
When everything around seems dreadful in the routine life, a walk through the scenic trail is a great tonic to get refreshed.
Enjoy walking through beautiful trails of Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, that is blessed with incredible views of the beach and wetlands. A great place for bird watching.
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
An easy and pleasant walk through this 2-mile trail surrounded by lush greenery refreshes you. A perfect family-friendly spot for beginners and all ages.
Quail Hill Loop
Enjoy beautiful views of wildflowers while hiking through the trail with short steep hills. If you are lucky, you might also see some wildlife here. Great place if you want some solitude and peace away from city-life.
Turtle Rock Trail
The trail that gives you scenic views of the canyon and coastal views of Laguna Beach nearby. Moderate trail with charming wildflowers and scenery around will energize you.
El Moro Canyon
Back Bay Loop Trail
Located near Newport Beach, the Back Bay Loop trail offers scenic views of wildflowers, greenery, and lagoon.
Willow Canyon Trail to Bommer Ridge
Starting from Laguna Canyon Road, the Willow Canyon Trail to Bommer Ridge is an adventurous hike with steep hills and beautiful views of the canyon and Laguna Coast Wilderness Park.
If you are more of an adventure lover then you would love this 10.9-km Black Star Canyon Trail that leads to a beautiful waterfall.
Black Star Canyon Trail
Top of the World trail is located near Laguna Beach and offers beautiful views of wildflowers and the beach. It is a pleasant hike when started at sunrise.
Top of the World Hike
Red Rock Canyon is the most famous trail in Orange County as it leads to Oak woodland canyon and you can watch the rich wildlife in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. It is best to hike at sunset to view more colorful red rocks.
Red Rock Canyon
A variety of trails in Peters Canyon are the favorite of many hikers and mountain bikers. The hikers can view waterfowl, black willows, sycamores and cottonwoods.
Peters Canyon Trail
It is also rich in wildlife, including mule deer, bobcats, coyotes, opossums, raccoons, and an occasional mountain lion.
Skyline Drive Trail
This trail is a 5.9-mile climb and back trail that leads to Beek’s place and historic ranch. Enjoy panoramic views of the Orange County and Inland Empire Valley.
Also enjoy beautiful flora and fauna including wildflowers.
16. Crystal Cove State Park
Amazing views of sandy beach, delightful scenery with canyons, ridges, and hills make the Crystal Cove State Park a favorite picnic spot for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians.
Sitton Peak
Enjoy the fabulous 360-degree views of Santa Ana Mountains, San Diego County, Orange County, and Catalina from Sitton Peak standing 3,273-ft above sea level.
Two watersheds and rich wildlife are also major attractions in the Sitton Peak.
Saddleback Mountain
Saddleback Mountain is a beautiful formation resembling a saddle between two highest peaks of Santa Ana Mountains. Adventurous hikers would love hiking this mountain with beautiful views.