With Incredible Views and Waterfalls, You’ll Forget You’re Working Out

Written By: Gioia McGuire

As the cool weather fades and temperatures rise, being outside is looking better and better. Living near the coast offers many opportunities for hikes with some of the best views around, and Orange County is no exception. With more than its fair share of trails and ocean views, get outside, make your way to the top and enjoy the beautiful place we live. These five trails are sure to bring fun and sweat into your daily routine.

The Outdoorsy Type

For one of the best views around, hike in the Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, famously known as Top of the World. Arrive at the top for a 360-degree view of Laguna Beach, Aliso Viejo and, on a clear day, Catalina Island. Make sure to check out the mysterious car crash remains on Car Wreck Trail as well as the Dripping Caves Trail.

Alta Laguna Park
3299 Alta Laguna Blvd
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Up, Up and Away


This 10.5 mile trail that winds around Upper Newport Bay is a bit of a hike. It also links with the more difficult 22-mile trail that runs past Peters Canyon and into Weir Canyon. The trail is dog-friendly, so bring your four-legged friend to get in on the exercise too!

Back Bay Loop Trail
Back Bay Science Center
600 Shellmaker Rd
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Trail Mix

This trail is perfect for hikers of any level. Hidden behind the city of Orange, it’s an easy hike with some added shade from Willow trees. It’s known for the 55-acre reservoir view on Lake View Trail. Friendly to mountain bikers and even horses, there’s enough trail for everyone.

Peters Canyon Regional Park
8548 E Canyon View Ave
Orange, CA 92869

From Sea to Shining Sea


This gorgeous state park is equipped with several difficulty levels and lengths of trails. With 18 miles of hiking options, any level hiker can find their bliss. Plus, the higher elevation at the top allows you to see the mountain and ocean views, making it all worthwhile. After your hike, head down and cool off in the sparkling ocean.

Crystal Cove State Park
8471 N Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Chasing Waterfalls

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Grab some shoes with grip for this hike! More secluded and moderately advanced, this hike can become challenging after it rains. Check out the overturned school bus for an outdoor photo op and enjoy the lush forestry in the area. Keep your eyes out for the sign that leads to the beautiful waterfall. Pro tip: Make sure to go after the rainy season to ensure the water has reached the fall.

Black Star Canyon
13333 Black Star Canyon Rd
Silverado, CA 92676

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