Anaheim Hills - Anaheim Hills Trail

Anaheim, California

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Housing developments often take the name of the natural features around them, but in one OC locale the naming process is reversed. Geologists and mapmakers have long referred to the long, low ridge extending west from the Santa Ana Mountains and rising above Santa Ana Canyon as the Peralta Hills, but almost no one uses that name anymore. Today the hills are known as the Anaheim Hills. The hills honor, or did honor, Juan Pablo Peralta and his family, original owners of the huge Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana. Peralta is an excellent name, historic and euphonious. It recalls the Latin expression per alta, “through the high things.” Sounds like a university motto—or a hiker’s motto—doesn’t it?
Orange County: A Day Hiker's Guide

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Orange County: A Day Hiker's Guide

by John McKinney (The Trailmaster)

Housing developments often take the name of the natural features around them, but in one OC locale the naming process is reversed. Geologists and mapmakers have long referred to the long, low ridge extending west from the Santa Ana Mountains and rising above Santa Ana Canyon as the Peralta Hills, but almost no one uses that name anymore.

Today the hills are known as the Anaheim Hills. The hills honor, or did honor, Juan Pablo Peralta and his family, original owners of the huge Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana. Peralta is an excellent name, historic and euphonious. It recalls the Latin expression per alta, “through the high things.” Sounds like a university motto—or a hiker’s motto—doesn’t it?

© 2006 John McKinney/The Trailmaster. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Anaheim
Distance: 3.75
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Driving Directions: Directions to Anaheim Hills - Anaheim Hills Trail

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