Afoot and Afield Orange County

We’re working our way through the 41 dog friendly hikes listed in Jerry Schad’s Afoot and Afield Orange County. Photos and blog write-up links are attached below to hikes we’ve completed. The numbers below follow the listing in the book.

North Coast

02. Talbert Nature Preserve. 2 miles or more. 1 hour. Best year round. Easy.

Upper Newport Bay

01. Upper Newport Bay Ecological Preserve. Various walks up to 1 mile. Time varies. Best year round. Easy.

Chino Hills

16. Carbon Canyon Creek Nature Trail. 2.4 miles. Loop. 20’ elevation gain. Best year round. Easy.

Santiago Creek / Anaheim Hills

02. Santiago Oaks Regional Park. City of Orange. 1 to 3 miles. 100′ to 400′ elevation differential. 0.5 to 1.5 hours. Best year round. 1 star difficulty rating. Hiked 1/14/2012. See photos below (03. Robbers Peak at Santiago Oaks.)

03. Robbers Peak at Santiago Oaks. Hiked 1/14/2012.

04. Anaheim Hills Trail. Hiked 6/3/2012. 3.7 miles. 2 hours. Best November through May. Moderate.

05. Irvine Regional Park. 2 to 4 miles. 2 hours. Best year round. Moderate.

06. El Modena Open Space. 2.4 miles. 1.5 hours. Best year round. Moderate.

 07. Peters Canyon Regional Park. 3.8 miles (including Creek Trail). Loop. 2 hours. 400’ elevation gain. Best year round. Moderate. Hiked 2/10/2012.

O’Neill Regional Park / Mission Viejo

01. Ocean Vista Point. 3.2 miles. Loop. 1.5 hours. 650’ elevation gain. Best year round. Moderate.

02. Arroyo Trabuco. 5.8 miles. Loop. 3 hours. 170’/500’ elevation gain/loss. Best October through June. Moderate.

Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve

02. Sylvan Meadows. 5.7 miles. Loop. 2.5 hours. 500’/500′. Best November through May. Moderate.

Santa Ana Mountains – Main Divide

02. Sierra Peak via Skyline Drive. 14.5 miles. Out and back. 7.5 hours. 3200’ elevation gain. Best November through March. Strenuous.

04. North Main Divide Traverse. 13.0 miles. Point to Point. 6.5 hours. 1950’/2150’ elevation gain/loss. Best November through April. Moderately strenuous.

05. Silverado Trail to Bedford Peak. 6.6 miles. Loop. 4 hours. 2200’/2200’ elevation gain/loss. Best October through May. Moderately strenuous.

06. Silverado – Modjeska Peak Loop. 18.3 miles (to Modjeska Peak and back). Loop. 9 hours. 4400’/4400’ elevation gain/loss. Best November through May. Strenuous.

07. Harding Road to Laurel Spring. 10.0 miles. Out and back. 5.5 hours. 2300’/2300’ elevation gain/loss. Best October through May. Moderately strenuous.

08. Harding Road to Main Divide. 19.0 miles. Out and back. 9 hours. 3650’/3650’ elevation gain/loss. Best November through March. Strenuous.

09. Harding Canyon. 5.0 miles. Out and back. 4 hours. 900’/900’ elevation gain/loss. Best December through May. Moderately strenuous.

10. Santiago Trail. 15.0 miles. Loop. 8 hours. 2650’/2650’ elevation gain/loss. Best November through April. Moderately strenuous.

 11. Holy Jim Falls. 3.0 miles. Out and back. 600’ elevation gain. Best December to May. Moderately easy. Hiked 10/23/2011.

 

12. Santiago Peak via Holy Jim Trail. Santa Ana Mountains. 15.0 miles round trip. 3950′ elevation differential. 8 hours (round trip). Best October through May. 4 stars difficulty rating.

14. Trabuco Canyon Loop. Santa Ana Mountains. 10.0 miles. 2700′ elevation differential. 5.5 hours. Best November through May. 3 stars difficulty rating.

15. West Horsethief - Trabuco Canyon Loop. 10 miles. Loop. 1200’ elevation gain. Best January to July. Strenuous.

Santa Ana Mountains – Ortega Corridor

01. El Cariso Nature Trail. 13.1 miles. Loop. 7.5 hours. 150’/150’ elevation gain/loss. Best year round. Easy.

02. Ortega Falls. 0.5 miles. Out and back. 1 hour. 200’/200’ elevation gain/loss. Best December through May. Easy.

03. San Juan Loop Trail. Santa Ana Mountains. 2.1 miles. 350′ to 400’ elevation differential. 1 hour. Best November through June. 1 star difficulty rating/easy.

04. San Juan Trail. Santa Ana Mountains. 11 miles. Point to point. 550’/3100’ elevation gain/loss. 5 hours. Best November through May. Moderately strenuous.

05. Chiquito Basin. Santa Ana Mountains. 2.8 miles. Loop. 700’/700’ elevation gain/loss. 2 hours. Best year round. Moderate.

06. Viejo Tie Loop. Santa Ana Mountains. 5.5 miles. Loop. 1000’/1000’ elevation gain/loss. 2 hours. Best November through June. Moderate.

 07. Chiquito Trail. 9 miles. Shuttle. 900’ elevation gain. Best December to June. Moderately strenuous.

09. Upper Hot Springs Canyon. 2.4 to 3 miles round trip. Out and back. 2.5 hours. 400’ elevation gain. Best December to May. Moderately strenuous because of the difficult terrain.

11. Morgan Trail. 6 miles. 350′ elevation gain. 2.5 hours. Best year round, summer is very hot. Moderate.

12. Sitton Peak. Santa Ana Mountains. 9.5 miles round trip. 2150′ elevation differential. 5.5 hours (round trip). Best October through May. 3 stars difficulty rating.

13. Lucas Canyon. Santa Ana Mountains. 14 mile. Point to Point. 2000’/3000′ elevation gain/loss. 5.5 hours (round trip). Best November through May. Strenuous. 

Santa Ana Mountains – San Mateo Canyon Wilderness 

01. Tenaja Falls. San Mateo Canyon Wilderness. 1.4 miles round trip. 300′ elevation differential. 1 hour (round trip). Best December through June. Easy.

02. Tenaja Falls Traverse. San Mateo Canyon Wilderness. 8.2 miles round trip. 600′/1450’ elevation differential. 4 hours. Best November through May. Moderately strenuous.

03. Tenaja Canyon/Fisherman’s Camp. San Mateo Canyon Wilderness. 6.5 to 7.4 miles round trip (to Fisherman’s Camp). 1000’ to 1300′ elevation differential. 3.5 hours (round trip). Best November through May/late fall through early spring. 3 stars difficulty rating/moderate.

04. Fisherman’s Camp Loop. San Mateo Canyon Wilderness. 5.0 miles round trip. 550’/550’ elevation gain/loss. 2.5 hours (round trip). Best November through May/late fall through early spring. Moderate.

05. San Mateo Canyon. San Mateo Canyon Wilderness. 7.0 miles round trip. 800’/800’ elevation gain/loss. 4 hours (round trip). Best November through May. Moderately strenuous.

06. Bluewater Traverse. San Mateo Canyon Wilderness. 7.0 miles round trip. 2450’/2900’ elevation gain/loss. 7 hours (round trip). Best November through May. Strenuous.

 

Have you hiked some of these with your dog(s)? How were they?! Which hikes are we missing? Which of these should we prioritize?

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