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E. Overlook Terrace
The Anaheim Hills Riding and Walking Trail makes a loop throughout the entire Weir Canyon Wilderness Park in Anaheim, California. This route is a moderately difficult hike and a hard trail run, but is considerably easier when done in the reverse direction. The trailhead is located behind an older neighborhood called Hidden Canyon, just off of Serrano Ave. in Anaheim Hills.
[flickr id=”6174454778″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”false” size=”medium” group=”” align=”left”] From the trailhead, you head up a short hill to a “Y” in the trail. This route takes the left hand “Y”, but to do the trail in the reverse direction for an easier hike, simply take the right hand “Y”. From the “Y”, you continue climbing up to the ridge behind Anaheim Hills. There are parts of this climb that are quite steep and sandy, so finding footing can be difficult. At some points, it feels like you’re sliding backwards six inches for every step forward you take.
Once you hit the top of the ridge, the trail flattens out with some slight undulations. The trail skirts part of a neighborhood here, but you’ll quickly move past it and again feel like you’re in nature. From the top of this ridge line, you’ll get great views overlooking Anaheim Hills and Yorba Linda to the left, and a giant expanse of wilderness that connects to the wilderness parks of south county to the right.
[flickr id=”6173931935″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”false” size=”medium” group=”” align=”right”] As you move further along the ridge line, you’ll come to another “Y” in the road. Going left, you’ll see a very steep single-track trail going to the top of a little peak. To the right, the main trail continues around the peak and on to the rest of the route. On a clear day, the peak offers superb 360 degree views of the area but you’ll have to backtrack down the single-track to get back to the main trail.
As you come around the peak, you’ll find a third “Y” in the trail. If you head downhill to the right, you’ll be on a trail called Deer Weed Trail, which connects backs down to the lower part of the Anaheim Hills Riding and Walking Trail. If you want a slightly shorter route you can take Deer Weed Trail, but you’ll miss some of the nicer parts of the Anaheim Hills Riding and Walking Trail.
[flickr id=”6173929467″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”false” size=”medium” group=”” align=”left”] The trail continues just down hill from the ridge line until it runs into another subdivision, at which point the trail makes a ninety degree turn to the right and heads fairly steeply downhill. All of that elevation gained at the beginning of the hike is lost in one fell swoop.
At the bottom of the long, strait section of trail, you’ll make another right and start heading back towards the trailhead along this lower section of the trail. The lower half of the loop stays on the hill side, never quite reaching the valley floor below. Eventually, all of the land at the bottom of the hill will be made open to the public, but currently no trails have been established in the area.
[flickr id=”6173939535″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”false” size=”medium” group=”” align=”right”] The lower part of the loop follows the contours of the hill side, undulating slightly. At one point, there is a small stream crossing that’s more mud than running water and is easy to hop across.
With the exception of where Deer Weed Trail rejoins the main route, there are no more “Y”s until you’re nearly back to the trailhead. Just as you’re cresting the final little hill, just before when you turned off for the first “Y”, there will be a trail to the left. This trail takes you west towards Santiago Oaks Regional Park and from there has trails that connect throughout the county.
The Anaheim Hills Riding and Walking Trail provides a quick getaway for those in Anaheim, Orange and the surrounding communities. The Weir Canyon Wilderness Park isn’t too expansive yet, but as more trails are developed further into the Irvine Ranch lands, this park and trail will become increasingly popular. As it is right now, it’s only frequented by locals and is relatively unknown. If you’re looking for a local trail to get away from the crowds, this is it.
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