10 Great Spring Hikes in Orange County

From waterfalls to wildflowers, it’s the perfect season to try one of these local trails.









Bedford Peak Trail

City: Santa Ana

Distance: 7.2 miles, out and back

Elevation gain: 2,000 feet

Go for: California poppies


Black Star Canyon Trail

City: Silverado

Distance: 6.8 miles, out and back

Difficulty: Moderately strenuous

Surface: Natural

Go for: Waterfall (after a good rain)


Badlands Park Trail

City: Laguna Niguel

Distance: 2.3 miles, out and back

Surface: Paved and natural

Difficulty: Easy

Go for: Ocean views


Las Ramblas Trail

City: San Juan Capistrano

Distance: 3.4 miles, loop

Surface: Natural

Elevation gain: 900 feet

Go for: Sunrises and sunsets


Carbon Canyon Regional Park – Redwood Grove Trail

City: Brea

Distance: 2 miles, loop

Surface: Natural

Difficulty: Easy

Go for: Redwood trees


Moro Canyon Loop

City: Newport Beach

Distance: 5 miles, loop

Elevation gain: 820 feet

Difficulty: Strenuous

Go for: Coastal views, black mustard blooms


Quail Hill Trail to Little Sycamore Canyon

City: Irvine

Distance: 9.5 miles, loop

Surface: Natural

Difficulty: Strenuous

Go for:  Wildflowers, sunset views


Anaheim Coves Trail

City: Anaheim

Distance: 2.5 miles, out and back

Surface: Paved

Difficulty: Easy

Go for: Playground, views of the reservoir


Dana Point Headlands Trail

City: Dana Point

Distance: 3 miles, loop

Surface: mixed

Go for: Flowers including bush sunflower and wild hyacinth


Brightwater Trail

City: Huntington Beach

Distance: 3 miles, out and back

Surface: Natural

Go for: Wetlands and wildlife

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