Little Sycamore Canyon Trail

Orange County, California

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Little Sycamore Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in Orange County, California. It is a mile long and begins at 409 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is two miles with a total elevation gain of 569 feet. The Nix Nature Center ranger station and the Nix Nature Center information office are near the trailhead. There are also parkings and restrooms. The trail ends near the Serrano Ridge Viewpoint.
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Little Sycamore Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in Orange County, California. It is a mile long and begins at 409 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is two miles with a total elevation gain of 569 feet. The Nix Nature Center ranger station and the Nix Nature Center information office are near the trailhead. There are also parkings and restrooms. The trail ends near the Serrano Ridge Viewpoint. This trail connects with the following: Mary's Trail and Serrano Ridge.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Orange County
Distance: 1.0
Elevation Gain: 569 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 409 feet
Top Elevation: 817 feet
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Little Sycamore Canyon Trail
Elevation Min/Max: 409/817 ft
Elevation Start/End: 409/409 ft
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Best Easy Day Hikes: Orange County

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This short in-and-out hike quickly gains elevation then takes you into the remarkably remote-feeling upper Little Sycamore Canyon. A casual stroll in the upper canyon leads to a final uphill push to reach a high point with nice views. This is an excellent family hike. An optional (and much longer) loop hike is also possible.

Either before or after your hike, be sure to visit the Nix Nature Center, which contains great exhibits and activities for children and adults alike. There are toilets and water fountains at the center. From the west end of the parking lot, head directly west up a small hill on the wide Little Sycamore Canyon Trail. If you visit the nature center first, you can head northwest from the center’s entrance along Mary’s Trail, cross a bridge, and make a quick switchback to the Little Sycamore Canyon Trail.

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May 2018