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Best Easy Day Hikes: Orange County
by Randy Vogel (Falcon Guides)
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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