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Laguna Coast Wilderness Park – Willow Canyon and Laurel Canyon





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20101 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Length 3.53 Miles
Elevation 557 Feet
Difficulty Moderate

This hike in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park visits some of the more lush areas of Orange County due to its proximity to the ocean. The route is steep in places and goes over some ill-maintained trails but is a pleasant hike non-the-less, especially towards the end.

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park is sandwiched between Laguna Canyon Road (SR 133) and Crystal Cove State Park. The park gets a lot of damp sea air so the park stays green year round, unlike most of the rest of Orange County. Unfortunately, the park doesn’t get a the nice sea breeze that you might expect being so close to the ocean. Combine the lack of sea breeze with the wide fire road trails and no shade, the trails in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park can feel much warmer than you might expect.

This route through Laguna Coast Wilderness Park starts at the Willow Staging Area, located along Laguna Canyon Road just south of El Toro Road. There is a dirt parking lot at the Willow Staging Area that can be quite crowded on busy weekends. Also located at the Willow Staging Area is a ranger station and information board. You can pick up a trail map and, on the weekend, park rangers will ask you to sign in so they know how many people are in the park.

There are two trails that lead out from the ranger station, Willow Canyon Road and Laurel Canyon Trail. This route head off on Willow Canyon Road and comes back using Laurel Canyon Trail. Willow Canyon Road is fire road that starts out flat for the first few hundred feet followed by 1.4 miles of up hill. The trail is wide and has little shade along the route. Most of the trail is hard-packed dirt with some places of slick rock. It’s possible to see where they’ve done trail maintenance and clearing with a scraper of some sort. Continue reading Laguna Coast Wilderness Park – Willow Canyon and Laurel Canyon

Weir Canyon Wilderness Park – Anaheim Hills Riding and Walking Trail

 




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E. Overlook Terrace
Anaheim, CA
Length 3.55 Miles
Elevation 328 Feet
Difficulty Moderate

 

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. Continue reading Weir Canyon Wilderness Park – Anaheim Hills Riding and Walking Trail

Chino Hills SP – South Ridge, Diemer, Telegraph Canyon & Easy Street Trails





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Yorba Linda, CA
Length 3.64 Miles
Elevation 387 Feet
Difficulty Moderate

 

This hike makes a nice, moderately difficult loop within Chino Hills State Park. The hike begins at a trailhead in a Yorba Linda neighborhood at the corner of Rimcrest Drive and Blue Gum Drive. This is a popular trailhead, despite the fact that it is not the official entrance into the park. Until recently, there was a welcome sign at this trailhead, but with the opening of the new visitors center in Brea, it appears as if the California State Parks are trying to encourage people to use the official entrance into the park instead of this side entrance.

[flickr id=”6157839300″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”false” size=”medium” group=”” align=”left”] From the trailhead, there are three possible paths to take. Running left to right is the South Ridge Trail and ahead is the Easy Street Trail. This route follows the South Ridge Trail to the left and returns on the Easy Street Trail. A shorter and less strenuous loop can be found by following South Ridge Trail to the right. This other loop will be mapped in a future post.

South Ridge Trail runs the length of the park East to West. Since it does generally follow the ridge line, the trail is quite undulating. From the trailhead, South Ridge Trail heads uphill for two-tenths of a mile before starting some mild up and downs that are gradually downhill. There are several lookout spots along South Ridge Trail that will allow you easily see Catalina Island on a clear day (however, on a smoggy day like when I hike this route, you can’t even see the Big A.)

[flickr id=”6157301829″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”false” size=”medium” group=”” align=”left”] Diemer Trail is a turnoff from South Ridge Trail. Diemer Trail is approximately 1.3 miles from the trailhead. Diemer Trail runs down the hillside between South Ridge Trail and Telegraph Canyon Trail at the base of the canyon through a series of broad switchbacks. As you head down the hill, the vegetation starts to become thicker and the wildlife more apparent.

At the base of the hill you come to Telegraph Canyon Trail, which runs in the canyon between North Ridge Trail and South Ridge Trail. Telegraph Canyon Trail is a wide, well maintained fire road that’s slightly uphill. Along the trail, there are a number of small stream crossings. Normally you can find a dry path along the edge of the trail, where the mountain bikers haven’t dug a rut, but a spare pair of socks would be a good precaution. Continue reading Chino Hills SP – South Ridge, Diemer, Telegraph Canyon & Easy Street Trails