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Pelanconi Park in Anaheim
- Location: Anaheim Hills. From the 91 freeway, take the Imperial Highway exit and head south (right if you’re coming from the west, left if from the east). Go 0.3 miles and turn right on Santiago Canyon Road. Go 0.2 miles and turn left on Avenida Margarita. The park is on the left at 222 S. Avenida Margarita.
- Agency: City of Anaheim
- Distance: 0.5 miles
- Elevation gain: 150 feet
- Difficulty Rating: G
- Suggested time: 30 minutes
- Best season: Year-round
- USGS topo map: Orange
- More information: here
- Rating: 1
Located just behind a major shopping center and in between two housing tracts, Pelanconi Park offers a nice, convenient little getaway into nature. The small park doesn’t have a whole lot of variety of trails, but it’s a nice place to get some fresh air and stretch your legs, and it certainly beats sitting in traffic on the nearby 91 freeway.
From the parking lot, head south into the park on a fire road. Stay straight at the first junction and follow the trail alongside a creek. You climb gradually, and after a few minutes, you can take a right and head into a picnic area. Soon after, the fire road ends at Westridge Circle, a residential street.
The hike can be extended into a loop by walking through the picnic area and picking up a trail that leaves from the opposite end of the clearing. However, this route is somewhat less scenic, and there’s an unfortunate amount of litter and graffiti, so most hikers will probably prefer to just retrace their steps.