by Jack Kenefick on January 3, 2012
Hiking is a great way to get some exercise while also taking some time to clear your mind and enjoy nature. Having grown up in Orange County, I’ve had the privilege of being able to hike on some of the most beautiful trails along the Pacific Ocean. With that being said, let me share with you a few of my favorite trails from around Orange County.
My all-time favorite trail to hike, is Crown of the Sea trail to big and little Coronal, Crystal Cove in Corona del Mar. There is no better view of the ocean than from here and the huge cliffs right off the beach give you an amazing bird’s eye view of the beaches and all its wildlife. The tide pools are among my favorite – trekking out on to the rocks to check out all the crabs and other little critters that live in the cracks of the rocks. I grew up in Laguna Beach (specifically Victoria Beach) where my parents still live and I have always loved the sea. I will never leave and plan on spending the rest of my life right here in the beach cities of Orange County.
My second favorite place to hike is the West Bluff Trail at the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve. This area is teeming with wildlife – home to over 200 species of birds not to mention an absolutely gorgeous view of the bay. The trails are easy to follow and they even have guided tours once a month. The best part of this trail is the Interpretive Center on the northwest side of Upper Newport Bay. There is an education center for visitors where you can learn all about the California wetlands and all the species of wildlife in the bay.
I could spend all day on here talking about all the other amazing trails there are but instead I will leave it up to you. Get out there and explore some of what Orange County hiking has to offer. If you have a good recommendation for a trail in Orange County, please post a comment below and tell us about it! I’d love to hear about some of your experiences and some of your favorite trails!
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