As you probably already know there are plenty of Orange County trails & hiking trails in Orange County just waiting to be explored. But maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed, or perhaps you’re just not sure where to start. Luckily for us, Brian & Ashley are sharing some of their favorite reasons why you should start exploring our OC hiking trails & a few of their favorite Orange County hikes.

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Hiking is a great, accessible activity for Orange County residents because of the abundance of open space we have. It doesn’t require any special skill set and is an activity you can do with your friends and family. If you are looking for an economical activity, the chance to see nature up-close, adventure, and great exercise then you might want to go on a hike.

One of the great things about hiking – it doesn’t cost much to go on a local hike. Many local parks offer free parking and free access to trails. For the parks that do charge fees for access, they are usually only nominal fees. As far as equipment goes, you don’t need much to start hiking. All you really need is a good sturdy pair of shoes, a backpack to hold water and a lunch, some knowledge and a map of where you are hiking, and you are set to go see what the trails in Orange County have to offer.

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Want to see nature up close? Hiking offers unparalleled views into the beauty of nature. If you are looking to see Orange County in a way that most people never do, then you need to go on a hike. When hiking you will notice that the scenery around us is constantly changing due to the seasons and the weather. You will see breathtaking views on the tops of peaks/hills and appreciate the simplicity in the small things like listening to a babbling stream during the rainy season. Best of all hiking allows you to slow down and enjoy the open space and wilderness preserves that abound in Orange County.

Looking for a little excitement? Hiking is truly an adventure. When setting out on a hike you have no idea of the sights or things that you will encounter. Hikers are usually a friendly bunch. You will find that hikers often share tips on the trails they have hiked and of the neat things they have seen on specific trails. Additionally, you might get to see and take a picture of local wildlife such as mule deer or a fox. Ultimately, no two hikes are really ever the same due to the changes in scenery, the people you encounter, and the wildlife you will see.

& If you haven’t already realized, hiking is great exercise. If you want to get a good workout that is outside of the gym then hiking is for you. Hiking is an activity that has many benefits and we have listed only a few in this post. Ashley and I plan to write several guest posts on a monthly basis highlighting some of the great hiking spots in Orange County.

Feeling inspired to get out & take a hike?  Here’s a short, easy hike at Riley Wilderness Park that’s one of our favorites. The hike to Sitton Peak might be a bit longer but offers amazing views of the Santa Ana Mountains and South Orange County. Lastly, a hike at the Oak Canyon Nature Center is perfect for even the littlest of hikers.

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Thanks Brian & Ashley! For even more Orange County trails, & other hikes in & around Orange County (including lots of kid & family-friendly hiking trails in Orange County be sure to visit Brian & Ashley’s blog where they provide detailed write-ups of the trails in Orange County and beyond. Happy Trails!

xoxo, K