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5 Places to Take Your “Hot Girl Walk” in OC This Summer

Soak Up the OC Sunshine and Get Your Sweat On

What do hot girls do to get ready for hot-girl summer? They go on hot girl walks. And Orange County is full of pedestrian pit stops perfect for putting some pep in your step. From the beaches and boardwalks to the Bolsa Chica Reserve, we have all the best destinations to stretch your legs and show off your new sweat sets. So grab your Stanley and your sneaks and get to steppin’ at these five spots ideal for solo strolls or a saunter with the squad.

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Coast Hunters

Crystal Cove State Park

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Say Alo (and wear it) to Crystal Cove State Park, where you can do a barefoot bimble with your besties with a stop for a snack at locally loved Beachcomber after. From the bluffs to the beach, Crystal Cove offers a little bit of everything with views, nature and proximity to some of Newport Coast’s favorite food destinations like Bear Flag and Shake Shack. This foray is best done with friends, so you have someone to snap a photo for your socials while overlooking the Pacific—keep your eyes peeled for whales and dolphins too! The multitude of meandering trails makes it a great place to explore over and over again as you can pick your own adventure with your pack. There’s long walks, hard walks, quick and breezy walks—so you can really tailor your trek to your personal preference. Be sure to scope out the Crystal Cove Cottages, which are available for rent but get booked up quick! The park has a designated parking lot that costs $5 per hour (max of $15) but is worth it for the convenience.

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If You’re a Bird, I’m a Bird

Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

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Located between Huntington Beach and Sunset Beach is a 1,300-acre coastal estuary called Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. If you are an aviary enthusiast or just need a little seaside solo sesh, this is the spot for your hot girl walk. Queue up a solid podcast and throw on some comfortable athleisure wear like the buttery soft sets from Beyond Yoga. Spruce up your Stanley water with some citrus and maybe a hydration pack (we love Goop Glow’s morning skin powder), and sip in solitude surrounded by the sights and sounds of this sacred and somewhat secret spot. Be sure to walk the marsh dock and drown out that inner monologue with one of our favorite podcasts like “Armchair Expert,” “The Bitch Bible” or “Him & Her Podcast.” Hot girls also love anything that’s free, and this place checks that box.

 

Boardwalkers

Newport Beach Boardwalk

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Take a hot girl walk, rollerblade, bike or skate down the three-mile Newport Beach Boardwalk this season to really get a taste of OC’s endless summer. This calls for a vibey Vuori set since you are bound to run into a buddy or two. Grab your girls and maybe dawn a bikini under your workout wear so you can cool off in the water after your cruise. Our favorite waterfront rest stops include Dory Deli, Mutt Lynch’s and harbor haunt Lighthouse Café, which is located right across Balboa Blvd. Hot girls love prebiotics, so a Poppi prebiotic soda might be the move for this outing with your pals. The boardwalk runs all the way from the Wedge through Huntington Beach, so the coast is your oyster on this one.

 

Orange Is the Newport

Santiago Oaks Regional Park

Want to enjoy this spring’s superbloom? Take your talents to Santiago Oaks Regional Park—located in Orange near Irvine Regional Park on the cusp of Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve. With over 1,200 acres of nature trails, you can actually take a hot girl horseback ride if you feel like giving your feet a break. There’s a lot to explore with steep hills, waterfalls, lagoons, dams and even a playground if you want to make this a hot girl mom walk with kids. With some rugged terrain, this requires some more serious workout gear so think Athleta or Lululemon. This might be the time to test out a viral workout dress since this spot is a little bit inland, which means it’ll be bringing the heat. You can stop at Tru Bru Organic Coffee if you need a little buzz before your butt-kicking.

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Yes You Canyon

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Where the 73 meets Laguna Canyon Road is a section of protected nature reserves called Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. With endless terrain to tackle, this 7,000-acre area in the San Joaquin Hills is great for a fitness foray with friends or a solo self-care saunter. Regardless of whether you are alone or with company, you will definitely work up a sweat that will require a sports bra and biker shorts kind of fit. If you are looking to do a single-person stroll, a little self-help book on Audible might be just what the doctor ordered. We love “The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck.” After your heart-pumping hike, take Laguna Canyon Road toward the coast and take a selfie with Emoji Rock (it’s only a half-mile hike), then hit up Kitchen in the Canyon for a bite. Beware though, it’s only open until 3 p.m.!

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Jane Adler is a marketing and branding consultant by trade, but a writer by preference. She shares a name with Meryl Streep's iconic character from It's Complicated and is presently trying to manifest that life (particularly that Santa Barbara house) for herself. Jane is an avid consumer of content and carbs and often used the latter to write on the former.

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