Orange County’s Great Walks

What’s the difference between a walk and a hike? We pondered this question to help narrow our list of the county's best walks. Walks are local by nature. People outside the immediate area don’t tend to even know about them—which is why we’re sharing 10 of O.C.'s best with you.

Best of 2013: Ecofriendly Field Trip

The ECOLOGY CENTER aims to inspire good environmental practices in food production, home building, and recycling, and teaches practical ways to live that life.

Undercover: Thousand Steps Sea Cave

Cool factor: Probably Orange County’s most dramatic cave landscape. The entrance takes you into the rocky cliffs at this South Laguna beach. Visit during low tide when access is easier and safer.
Where to find: Concrete stairs at Ninth Avenue and South Coast Highway to Thousand Steps Beach, walk to the south end

Open Streets Event Coming to Garden Grove

Imagine downtown Garden Grove without cars. Now, imagine that you can casually stroll down the middle of the block, ride a bike, skateboard, or...

8 Garden Parks in Laguna Beach Perfect For Taking a Summer Stroll

Meander through Orange County’s most famously verdant city.

The Nature Dorks: Orange County’s Wildflower Experts

‘Want to come up and see my daisy?Robert Allen asked that question the first time I met him. Well past my ingenue days, I don’t get many offers like that.

More Hidden Orange County: “Intolerable” Bridge

In a national survey released this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation tagged more than 50 local bridges as “structurally deficient,” which, we have been assured, is a technical term that includes such deficiencies as needing a paint job; it doesn’t mean that they’re not safe.

9 Seconds of Pure Joy Courtesy of a Wildflower

In our story—click here to read—we cover wildflower dork Bob Allen, who shares his joy as he finds the Santiago Peak phacelia. This 9-second capture pre-dates Vine!

Will Run For Beer

The weekly Orange County Craft Runners meetup gathers every Monday at 7 p.m. for a 3-mile run and the sweet reward of beer afterwards.