Laguna Beach, Ca
“Top of the World”
Top of the World is a scenic lookout point in Laguna Beach. It is also the trailhead for hiking West Ridge Trail within the Aliso & Woods Canyon Wilderness park. I love hiking here for the beautiful ocean views, free public parking, and dog friendly trails.
Crystal Cove, Ca
El Moro Canyon
El Moro Canyon is another beautiful hiking trail with scenic ocean views. This trail is apart of Crystal Cove State Park, which sits between the Laguna Beach and Newport Beach communities. I love hiking here for the ocean views, access to the beach, and clean public restrooms. The downside about hiking here is the $15 parking fee. But I definitely think this trail is worth it, especially since it gives you all day access to enjoy all of the Crystal Cove State Beaches.
Peters Canyon Regional Park
Peters Canyon Regional Park is a simple 5 mile loop trail within the Orange and Tustin communities. This is a great all year around hiking trail that is suited for all fitness levels. I love that it is dog friendly and offers great views of Orange County. Parking is $3 for the day.
Anaheim Hills, Ca
Robbers Peak offers the best viewpoint of all of Orange County. On a clear day you can see the Big A at Angel Stadium, as well as the Honda Center. I also highly recommend this spot for the stunning sunset views. Robbers Peak can be accessed by hiking from the grasshopper trailhead at Santiago Oaks Regional Park or by starting at Anaheim Hills Elementary school. For a shorter hike I like to start at Anaheim Hills Elementary school and then hiking straight to Robbers Peak. This takes about 15min from the school.
Newport Beach, Ca
Upper Newport Bay Preserve
Upper Newport Bay is a great hiking trail surrounding by natural beauty and wildlife along the back bay preserve. During the spring time this trail is filled with beautiful flowers and greenery. I love how dog friendly this trail is and how perfect it is for a simple and low-key hiking adventure. Parking is also free here!
“With the growth of the cities and screen time occupying a third of our days, nature has moved to the background…treat yourself by paying greater attention to nature for at least 10 to 15 minutes every day”.-Amit Sood