Hikes & Adventures: Orange County, California

Orange County area adventures experienced and reviewed by Greene Adventures.

Click on a marker to learn more about each hike or outing, or check out our Orange County Hike Index.

If you’re interested in exploring neighboring hikes and activities, visit our Southern California Map or our Hiking Trails A to Z index.

Orange County Adventure Map

Hikes are color coded by difficulty (using Modern Hiker and SoCal Hiker’s methodology):

Easy Hikes marker GREEN markers are short nature trails, gently-graded pathways, and routes that are relatively easy.
Moderate Hikes marker BLUE markers designate the “moderate” difficulty hikes. These trails may be lengthy, or have areas of intense elevation gain. They may require some scrambling, but most of these trails are easy day hikes that can be done by anyone in fairly decent shape.
Strenuous Hikes marker RED markers are for the “strenuous” trails. These are long, leg-busting paths that will require lots of time and effort. Some of these trails may venture through dangerous areas and require river crossings, backcountry orienteering, or more serious rock scrambling. In other words, if it’s your first time on the trail, don’t pick one of these.

Orange County Hike Index

An alphabetical index of all Orange County hiking Trails trekked and reviewed by Greene Adventures.

Click on a heading to sort that column, or use the Search box to filter by term (i.e., “Holy Jim”).

Each distinct Trail is listed once (unless hiked differently, such as reversing the route), to keep the list clean and simple. If we’ve hiked that Trail multiple times, the Guide link will take your to our latest Trail write-up, which will also reference and link back to prior dates hiked in case you want to see how that particular hike has changed through the years or in different seasons.

Orange County Hike Index

TRAIL NAMEGUIDELOCALITYMILEAGEGAINDIFFICULTYKIDSDOGS
Bear Canyon-Bear Ridge Loop off the Ortega HighwayViewCleveland National Forest6.80862'ModerateNoYes
Carbon Canyon Regional Park LoopViewChino Hills3.4090'EasyYesYes
Chino Hill SP: Scully Ridge - Santa Ana River Trail LoopViewChino Hills4.30600'ModerateYesNo
Chino Hills SP: San Juan Hill PeakViewChino Hills7.34970'ModerateNoNo
Chino Hills SP: South Ridge-Telegraph Canyon LoopViewChino Hills4.50600'ModerateYesNo
Chino Hills SP: South Ridge-Telegraph Canyon Loop (Sunset Route)ViewChino Hills4.5600'ModerateYesNo
Coal Canyon Waterfall via the Off-Ramp to NowhereViewSanta Ana Mountains6.10690'ModerateYesYes
Holy Jim Falls TrailViewSanta Ana Mountains2.80625'ModerateYesYes
Irvine RP: Horseshoe Loop TrailViewSanta Ana Mountains3.75151'ModerateYesYes
Laguna Coast WP: Willow Canyon to Bommer RidgeViewSan Joaquin Hills9.00750'ModerateNoNo
Limestone Canyon WA: Hicks Haul-Loma Ridge-Limestone Canyon Loop to the SinksViewSanta Ana Mountains9.9903'ModerateNoNo
Newport Back Bay Loop TrailViewSouthern California Beaches10.792'StrenuousNoYes
Olinda Historic TrailViewChino Hills1.94390'ModerateYesYes
Ortega Falls off the Ortega HighwayViewSanta Ana Mountains0.25150'ModerateYesYes
Peters Canyon RP: East Ridge View Trail to Peters Canyon Trail LoopViewSanta Ana Mountains4.76308'ModerateYesYes
Puente Hills HPA: Hellman Wilderness Park LoopViewPuente Hills4.00618'ModerateYesYes
Puente Hills HPA: Powder Canyon-Schabarum Trail LoopViewPuente Hills4.50763'ModerateYesYes
Puente Hills HPA: Powder Canyon via the Black Walnut-Powder Canyon-Nogales Trails LoopViewPuente Hills2.40400'ModerateYesYes
Salt Creek TrailViewSouthern Coast6.0205'ModreateYesYes
San Onofre State Beach HikeViewSouthern Coast8.0163'ModerateYesYes
Santiago Oaks Regional Park to Weir Canyon Wilderness Park LoopViewSanta Ana Mountains8.1411'ModerateNoYes
Santiago Oaks RP: Inner Park Loop to Robbers RoostViewSanta Ana Mountains3.94690'ModerateYesYes
Santiago Oaks RP to Irvine RP: Santiago Creek-Egret-Willow Trail LoopViewSanta Ana Mountains5.2147'ModerateYesYes
West Horsethief Canyon to Trabuco PeakViewSanta Ana Mountains10.052640'StrenuousNoYes
Whiting Ranch WP: Borrego Canyon to Red Rock CanyonViewSanta Ana Mountains4.00500'ModerateYesNo

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