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Let's have an easy hike at our backyard with a great view and discovery One of Orange County’s oldest settlements, incorporated in 1888. Click Orange Hills to read more about this history!
The past 4 years, we usually have a hike to here for a fireworks view. This year we didn't go for the fireworks view, so let's make it up there for a sunset view and an easy workout!
Meeting Time: 6-6:15 PM (at trailhead-close to residential area)
Difficulty: easy pace, all levels (it's short, but single track and steep hills: 3 shorts hills, we all can take time to hike depending on your pace)
Distance and Duration: 1.5 to 2.5 miles hike in about 1-2 hours
Essentials: Water, Flashlight, Traction hiking shoes (hiking shoes), and snacks as optional.
Trail Map: click here
Directions: From the Costa Mesa Freeway (55) in the city of Orange, exit on Chapman Avenue and drive two miles east to Cannon Street. Turn left and drive 1.3 miles to Patria Court, where you'll find curbside parking close to the northernmost trailhead. (As you motor up Cannon Street, notice a trio of trailheads on your left.)
You can also access to it from Jamboree to Chapman and to Canon Street as well.
About Orange Hills:
A mile-long ridgetop parkland, which appears as Santiago Oaks Regional Park on most maps and El Modena Open Space on a few, rises above the city and offers the hiker a rigorous hill-climb over slopes blanketed with thick clumps sage and prickly-pear cactus. Considering the highest summit in these hills is but 806 feet in elevation, clear-day vistas are mighty good, particularly to the west across northern Orange County to the LA basin and beyond, and north toward the San Gabriel Mountains.
The trail system can be accessed from several trailheads in the neighborhood off Cannon Street. All the usual warnings about potential hazards are posted at these trailheads but no information about the trails