Best OC Hiking Spots
As summer rolls around, we are constantly looking for new ways to keep fit. Hiking is one of the best ways to maintain your physical health and at the same time enjoy the beautiful Southern California weather. The Howler takes a look at some of the well-known and not so well-known hikes around Orange County that will keep you physically active in the summer.
The canyon, which is located off of Santiago Canyon road in the Santa Ana mountains, boasts one of the most beautiful trails in Orange County. Less experienced hikers can choose to do the 6.5 mile round-trip hike to the Black Star Canyon Falls, which takes approximately five hours and is greeted by a 65-foot waterfall at the end. More experienced hikers can choose to do the 15 mile hike to the remains of Beek’s palace. Be warned, this hike is rated as a strenuous hike, involving several steep climbs.
This state park is nested in the hills between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach and hosts some of the most breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean that hiking trails have to offer. The cool breeze from the Pacific makes these hikes doable at any time of the day. Less experienced hikers can attempt the 5.5 mile Crystal Cove red route, in which hikers spend, on average, two hours to reach an elevation of 820 feet. More experienced hikers should take on the challenge of the Crystal Cove blue route, which is approximately 9.1 miles with an elevation gain of 1800 feet and takes approximately five hours. Keep in mind, however, parking at Crystal Cove costs $15 per day.
These are some of the main wilderness parks that many Timberwolves may not be too familiar with. Nevertheless, you can never go wrong with the better-known hikes along the Lower Peters Canyon trail and Suicide Hill; just make sure to stay hydrated.