Tag: Hiking Orange County

San Mateo Peak

San Mateo Peak Location: Santa Ana Mountains in eastern Orange County.  From I-5 in San Jaun Capistrano, take highway 74 northeast for 23 miles.  Just past the ranger station, turn right (south) on South Main Divide Road.  Drive 2.8 miles and park at a dirt turnout on the right side of the road.  From Lake…

Trail marked by a dinosaur in the Santa Ana Mountains, Riverside County, CA

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Sierra Peak from Coal Canyon

Location: Corona, near the Orange/Riverside County boundary. From the 91 Freeway, take the Green River exit and head west for half a mile to a parking lot on the right side of the road, a quarter mile before the entrance to the golf club. Agency: Coal Canyon Ecological Reserve/Cleveland National Forest (Trabuco Ranger District)/Chino Hills…

Fire break, Sierra Peak, Santa Ana Mountains

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Tijeras Creek Trail

Location: The Tijeras Creek Trail has several access points. This write-up starts from Canada Vista Park, 24328 Antonio Parkway, Rancho Santa Margarita. From the 5 Freeway, take the Oso Parkway exit (88). Head east on Oso Parkway (turn left if you are coming from the north; right if from the south) for 2.7 miles to…

Tijeras Creek Trail, Orange County, CA

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Turtle Ridge Loop (Irvine)

Location: 6400 Shady Canyon Drive, Irvine.  From I-405, take the Culver Drive exit, go south (right if you’re coming from the north, left if from the south) for 2.6 miles and turn left on Shady Canyon Drive.  Go 1.6 miles and park in the lot signed for Bommer Canyon (open daily from 7am to 6pm.)…

Old Saddleback, Orange County, CA

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Dana Point Headlands

Location: Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center, 34558 Scenic Drive, Dana Point. From I-5, take exit 79 for Pacific Coast Highway. Head west on P.C.H. for 0.9 mile to Dana Harbor Drive. Turn left and follow Dana Harbor Drive 1.2 miles to Cove Road. Turn right and follow Cove Road 0.2 mile uphill to Scenic Drive.…

Dana Point Headlands, Orange County, CA

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Peters Canyon Regional Park

Location:  8548 E Canyon View Ave, Orange.  From the 55 freeway, take the Chapman Ave. exit and head east for a total of 4.7 miles (Chapman becomes Jamboree along the way).  Turn right on Canyon View Ave and the park will be on your left.  From I-5, take the Jamboree Rd. exit and go north…

Peters Canyon Regional Park, Orange, CA

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Colinas Bluff Trail

Location: Laguna Niguel, on the corner of Marina Hills and Golden Lantern.  From I-5, take the Crown Valley Parkway exit.  Go southwest on Crown Valley for 0.3 miles, and go left on Cabot.  After 0.6 miles, go right on Paseo De Colinas.  After 0.9 miles, go left on Golden Lantern.  After a mile, park in…

Colinas Bluff Trail, San Juan Capistrano, CA

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El Modena Open Space

El Modena Open Space Location: East end of the city of Orange.  From the 55 freeway, take the Chapman exit and go east for 2 miles.  Take a left on Cannon St. and go 1.3 miles.  Take a left on Patria Court and park on the side of the street.  Alternately, take the 91 freeway…

El Modena Open Space, Orange CA

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