O.C. At Night: Hikes to Try Under the Moonlight

Irvine Ranch Conservancy docent-led night hike in Weir Canyon. Photo credit: Courtesy of Irvine Ranch Conservancy

The Hike


Meet at



Hicks Haul Road

Walk on a paved road through coastal sage scrub under the glow of the full moon.

3.5 miles

Hicks Haul Road and Jeffrey in Irvine

June 16 at 8 p.m.

Register at letsgooutside.org

Salt Creek Trail

Walk along wetlands to Salt Creek Beach and listen for sounds of wildlife, including croaking frogs.

5.2 miles

Fratello’s Italian Restaurant in Laguna Niguel

June 4 at 6:15 p.m.

Register at meetup.com/sunrise-to-sunset-hikers

Orchard Hills

Circle an avocado orchard and marvel at hilltop views of Irvine’s city lights.

3 miles

Orchard Hills Staging Area

June 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Register at letsgooutside.org

Black Star Canyon

Expect more than just cardio with this ghostly walking tour presented by Haunted Orange County.

3 miles

Black Star Canyon Trailhead in Silverado



Laurel and Willow Canyons

Learn about nocturnal wildlife on hikes led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers and naturalists.

4 to 5 miles

Willow Canyon Staging Area in Laguna Beach

in fall


The Reserve
at Rancho Mission Viejo

Hikes are led during the Harvest Moon (the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox) and the Hunter’s Moon (the following full moon).

1.5 miles

The Richard and Donna O’Neill Conservancy in San Juan Capistrano

Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Register at rmvreserve.org

Bommer Canyon

Prepare to climb 700 feet with the full moon in sight.

3 miles

Bommer Canyon Cattle Camp in Irvine

June 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Register at letsgooutside.org

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