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Hicks Haul Road

Location: Hicks staging area, Limestone Canyon. From either the 405 or 5 Freeways, take Jeffrey Road and head northeast for 4 miles (from the 5 Freeway) or 6.5 miles (from the 405 Freeway). Bear right at a junction where you will likely see a volunteer from the Irvine Ranch Conservancy checking hikers in. Continue another…

Hicks Haul Road, Orange County, CA

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Sea Summit Trail (San Clemente)

Sea Summit Trail (San Clemente) Location: Pico Park, San Clemente. From the north, take the 5 Freeway to Avenida Vista Hermosa (exit 77). Turn right and follow Avenida Vista Hermosa 0.6 mile to Avenida Pico. Turn right and go 0.3 mile to the park entrance, on the right. From the south, take the 5 Freeway…

Sea Summit Trail, San Clemente, CA

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Irvine Mesa

Irvine Mesa Location: Silverado Elementary School, 7531 East Santiago Canyon Road, Silverado. From the 55 Freeway, take the Chapman Ave. exit. Head east for 11.2 miles (Chapman becomes East Santiago Canyon Road en route). Half a mile past the intersection with Silverado Canyon Road, look for the school’s blue and white sign on the left…

Irvine Mesa, Orange County, CA

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Baker Canyon Loop (Irvine Ranch)

Location: Black Star Canyon Road, Orange County.  From the 55 Freeway, take the Chapman Ave. exit. Head east for 10.7 miles (Chapman becomes East Santiago Canyon Road en route). Turn left onto Silverado Canyon Rd. and take a quick left onto Black Star Canyon Road. Follow it 0.7 miles to a small parking area on…

Baker Canyon, Orange County, CA

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La Tour (Victoria Beach, Laguna)

La Tour (Victoria Beach, Laguna) Location: Victoria Beach, Laguna. Access to Victoria Beach is via a staircase located between 2703 and 2713 Victoria Drive. From downtown Laguna Beach, take Pacific Coast Highway south for 1.8 miles and bear right on Victoria Drive. From the south, take P.C.H. north (3.1 miles past Crown Valley Parkway and…

La Tour, Victoria Beach, Laguna, CA

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Shoestring/Sandtrap/Limestone Ridge Loop (Limestone Canyon Regional Park)

Shoestring/Sandtrap/Limestone Ridge Loop (Limestone Canyon Regional Park) Location: Silverado, in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains.  From the 55 Freeway, take the Chapman Ave. exit and head east for a total of 7.7 miles (Chapman becomes Santiago Canyon Road en route).    Shortly past Irvine Lake, look for the Augustine Staging Area, turn right…

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Olinda Oil Museum Trail

Olinda Oil Museum Trail Location: Olinda Oil Museum, 4025 Santa Fe Rd, Brea. From the 57 Freeway, take the Lambert Road exit and head east for a total of 2.4 miles (Lambert becomes Carbon Canyon/Highway 142). Turn left on Santa Fe and go 0.3 miles to the park entrance, which is on the right. Parking…

View from the top of the Olinda Oil Museum Trail

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Upper Hot Spring Canyon

Upper Hot Spring Canyon Location: Cleveland National Forest, Falcon Group Campground.  From Orange County, take I-5 to Highway 74/Ortega Highway.  Go northeast for 25.8 miles to unsigned Long Canyon Road.  Turn left and go 3 miles, following the signs to Blue Jay and Falcon Group Camps.  Just past the entrance to Falcon Group Camp, park…

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