Tag: Santa Ana Mountains

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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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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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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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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Falls Canyon Falls (Orange County)

Falls Canyon Falls (Orange County) Location: Trabuco Canyon, eastern Orange County.  From I-5 in south Orange County, take El Toro Road northeast for 6 miles.  At Cook’s Corner, take a hard right onto Live Oak and drive four miles.  Shortly past O’Neill Park, right after Rose Canyon Road, take a left on Trabuco Creek Road,…

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Tin Mine Canyon

Tin Mine Canyon Location: Corona.  From the south, take I-15 to El Cerrito.  Turn left and go a total of 4.4 miles on El Cerrito, which becomes Foothill Parkway.  At Trudy Drive, make a U-turn and park on Foothill Parkway facing east in one of the few spots designated for the Skyline Trail.  From the…

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Sierra Peak

Sierra Peak Location: Corona.  From the south, take I-15 to El Cerrito.  Turn left and go a total of 4.4 miles on El Cerrito, which becomes Foothill Parkway.  At Trudy Drive, make a U-turn and park on Foothill Parkway facing east in one of the few spots designated for the Skyline Trail.  From the 91…

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Ladera Ranch Ridge

 Ladera Ranch Ridge Location: Ladera Ranch, south Orange County.  There are several access points.  As described here, the trail starts from the dog park on the corner of O’Neill and Cecil Pasture.  To get there, take I-5 to Crown Valley Parkway.  Go  east for 1.6 miles and turn right on Cecil Pasture.  Follow Cecil Pasture…

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