All Stories from Orange County

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    Down by the River

    The Santa Ana River Trail (SART) is SoCal’s premier multi-use recreation path. When completed, this coast-to-crest trail will offer 110 miles of traffic-free riding from Big Bear Lake to Huntington Beach. For now, there’s 50 miles to explore from San Bernardino to the Pacific…

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    Mountains to Sea Trail

    Orange County’s Mountains to Sea Trail is no hyperbole. This stunning 44-mile route (round-trip) stitches together trails from the Santa Ana Mountains to Newport Beach, hugging concrete water channels and opening up to nature—and scenic loops—at either end. Don’t let the mileage…

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    Oso Lovely

    Murals, mosaics, and a charming maze meet fall colors on a 2-mile loop hike in Orange County’s Oso Viejo Community Park. Starting on Oso Creek Trail, head toward the village green, passing grassy fields, public workout machines, and festive murals. Descend the stairs and cross…

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    Haunted in Huntington

    How about a creepy coastal crawl this Halloween? The 1,449-acre Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach is the largest saltwater marsh between Monterey Bay and Tijuana, a paradise for pelicans and plovers. Release your inner ghostbuster on a 3.4-mile (round-trip) hike…

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    Fisherman's Friend!

    Finding a secret hike and hidden campsite in one outing? Get outta here! No seriously, get outta here. Head to the southern part of Orange County’s Cleveland National Forest, where you’ll find San Mateo Canyon, remote home to a vast gorge and an absolutely gorge-ous hiking trail…

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    A Little Birdie Told You

    Bordering Orange and Riverside counties, the El Cariso Nature Trail  in Cleveland National Forest is like the Twitter of hikes: It packs a lot within its limits. The trail gains 150 feet in elevation within a condensed 1.6-mile loop. For better and worse, the trailhead is right…

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    Big on a Bay View

    Newport Beach is well known for having the biggest of things: homes, boats, egos (oh come on, you know we love you, Newport Beach!) … and the largest estuary in the area, which happens to be one of the top spots for hiking, biking, and bird-watching (no, you’re not too cool for…

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    River Rambler

    Whatever your speed, this bike ride’s for every type of pedal-head, from cushy cruisers to fast tracking with buddies. The Santa Ana River Trail (SART) is SoCal’s premier multi-use recreation path. When completed, this coast-to-crest trail will offer 110 miles of traffic-free…

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    Green Space to Sea Space

    Green space meets sea space at Heisler Park in Laguna Beach. Spanning 32 acres, the park meanders with pathways and greenery fanned with palms and a statue of a humpback whale. It’s also one of the best vantages of ocean panoramas. Take it a step further on the southernmost…

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    Snap, Crackle, Crystal Cove

    Legendary California author John Steinbeck once noted “it is advisable to look from the tide pool to the stars and then back to the tide pool again.” And there might be no place better to take this advice than at Crystal Cove State Park beach, where seemingly endless sand meets…

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    Epic Aliso

    Get ready for a highlight reel of all that’s wild and wondrous in Southern California: This 11-mile (round-trip) loop hike in Orange County’s Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park showcases some of SoCal’s best in wilderness. Begin at a native plant garden featuring colorful…

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    Crystal Ball

    Crystal Cove State Park in Orange County is prized for its glistening beaches, but there’s also 2,400 acres of backcountry, including a 9-mile hike (or mountain bike) to a high point that rewards with gorgeous coastal scenery. Begin at the trailhead just past El Moro Elementary…

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    Enchanted Forest

    The towering, fog-enshrouded coastal redwoods of the northern coast feel like a world away from LA, but did you know you can find them in Orange County? Carbon Canyon Regional Park in the city of Brea is home to a three-acre grove of coastal redwoods accessible via an easy hiking…

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    Top Notch

    If you like the depths as well as the heights, set out for Top of the World and Laguna Canyon. This is a 2.5-mile (round-trip) “reverse hike” in the Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. You’ll start by hiking downhill and finish with 700 feet of cardio climbing on the return…

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    Coast Is Crystal Clear

    Captivating coastline, charming cottages, clear waters, and quaint wooden staircases: It’s just another day at the beach on this  6-mile (round-trip) seaside stroll in Crystal Cove State Park. Located between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach, this wild and beautiful state park has…

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