Afoot and Afield Orange County  by Jerry Schad and David Money Harris

Afoot & Afield: Orange County Guide Book

by Jerry Schad and David Money Harris (Wilderness Press)
Afoot and Afield Orange County  by Jerry Schad and David Money Harris
From the look-alike cities in the north to the newer, planned communities of the south, Orange County seems little distinguished from its colossal neighbor and economic parent, Los Angeles. But a deeper identity, rooted in geography, transcends the urban sprawl. Orange Countians are reminded of their uniqueness not so much by the human architecture of city and suburb, but rather by the blue Pacific, the green and tawny coastal hills, and the purple wall of the Santa Ana Mountains.

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Trails from the "Afoot & Afield: Orange County" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 124.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 124.

Agua Chinon Canyon is the short way into The Sinks. An old ranch road ascends the wash, gently at first, and more steeply as it approaches the sinks. The trail is lined with diverse sage scrub and occ ...
Trabuco Canyon, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5
Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park consists of over 4200 acres of shallow canyons, sandstone rock formations, narrow strips of oak and riparian woodland, and hillsides draped with aromatic sage-sc ...
Aliso Viejo, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 10
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The Aliso Creek Trail, designated a National Recreation Trail in 2012, is another long-distance urban trail through Orange County. It follows Aliso (Spanish for “alder”) Creek from its seasonal head ...
Aliso Viejo, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 13
This neighborhood trail on the ridge overlooking Aliso Canyon doubles as a firebreak that separates the huge hilltop mansions from the fire-prone sage scrub in the canyon. The mellow hike is popula ...
Laguna Niguel, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.4
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The somewhat long but easy-going trek down the Arroyo Trabuco is most adventurous after winter rainy periods, when turbid water dances over a wide, gravelly bed, and there’s no way to avoid a good foo ...
Trabuco Canyon, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 6
Bane Canyon cuts through the northeast portion of the park. The ridges on either side of the canyon offer terrific views, especially in the spring when the park is green and wildflowers are blooming. ...
Chino Hills, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 7
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United States Geological Survey maps show an unnamed trail leading part-way up the ridge between Bell and Trabuco Canyons, but the Cleveland National Forest does not list this trail among their syste ...
Trabuco Canyon, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
The Bell View Regional Trail, for hikers, equestrians, and cyclists, starts as a “community trail” threading through the suburban-edge communities of Rancho Santa Margarita and Coto de Caza. It then ...
Trabuco Canyon, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 8
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Both the beginning part on Big Bend Trail and the ending part on Laguna Ridge Trail will test the mettle of any hiker, due to a combination of steepness and roughness. Although mountain bikes are tech ...
Laguna Beach, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.9
Although most of the Irvine Open Space Preserve is accessible only on guided trips or special open-access days, one perimeter trail network through the preserve and the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park is ...
Irvine, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 14
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The Irvine Ranch Open Space portion of Black Star Canyon is open only for scheduled events. At the time of this writing, the canyon has open-access days (registration not required) every other month t ...
Silverado, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 4
Good timing is the key to catching the waterfall in Black Star Canyon at its best. Since only about 3 square miles of drainage area lie above it, persistent rains are needed to get more than a dribble ...
Silverado, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
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From Ortega Highway on the north to Tenaja Road on the south, this route traverses the heart of the San Mateo Wilderness by way of old roads and primitive trails. Carry a full backpack and plan to spe ...
Lake Elsinore, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 13
This hike makes a loop around Bolsa Chica Slough. Binoculars, spotting scopes, and/or cameras are de rigueur, of course.
Huntington Beach, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
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This hike and most of Bommer Canyon are open only during scheduled programs. At the time of this writing, Bommer Canyon open-access days are generally scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on a Saturday e ...
Orange, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
Like most trails in the Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, the Borrego Trail is open to mountain biking and horseback riding, as well as hiking. Mountain bikers, however, are not allowed to ride all the w ...
Foothill Ranch, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4.4
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The gated and signed Buck Gully Trail begins on the east side of Poppy Avenue just north of 5th Avenue. Descend the paved road to a sign marking the start of the dirt trail along the canyon. In 1.2 mi ...
Newport Beach, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
Carbon Canyon Regional Park, one of the many smaller units of Orange County’s far-flung regional park system, has enough room for one significant hiking trail. An unlikely grove of coast redwood tre ...
Brea, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.6
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If you want to spot wildlife, take the hike to Chiquito Basin early in the day. One morning, in the soft wet ground along the way, Jerry discovered fresh tracks of a deer and a mountain lion, both app ...
Lake Elsinore, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 3
Like the San Juan Trail, the Chiquito Trail is best explored from end to end, preferably in the downhill direction. Along the way, you’ll enjoy cool passages through canyon bottoms but also endure ( ...
Lake Elsinore, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 9
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