Just southeast of Los Angeles, California, lies the Peters Canyon Regional Park. This park features a trail by the same name that winds its way through coastal sage scrubs and many other plants. Some are native to the area, others propagated by stewards of the land.
Many activities are available at the park, including the Peters Canyon hiking trail featuring the North Loop and East Ridge Loop. The North Loop runs around the northernmost part of the park. The East Ridge Loop continues the entire length of the park. Within these trails, there are varying difficulties and many more enjoyable sights to see.
The trails are available for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. A diverse range of experiences is available depending on your skill and mobility. Excellent hiking activities include bird watching and spotting the vast array of wildlife such as deer, bobcats, and other amphibians, reptiles, and mammals.
Trails may be closed for up to three days following rainstorms due to the sand and soil in southern California. Check the weather patterns before scheduling your trip to Peters Canyon.
Bathrooms, water fountains, and information kiosks are found along the hiking trails.
The trails are open daily between 7 A.M. and sunset.
There are varying difficulties with multi-use trails, all trails can be completed on foot.
The North Loop trail is 2.5 miles, and the East Ridge Loop is 5.7 miles.
The trails begin at the park entrance, 8548 E. Canyon View Avenue, Orange, CA 92869
While southern California remains pretty temperate year-round, bring plenty of water and snacks, especially if you embark on the longer East Ridge Loop. Additionally, consider sturdy walking shoes and your camera to capture the views and binoculars to scope out wildlife.
The Peters Canyon trail receives rave reviews from hikers, but they warn that the park can get busy on the weekends and advise planning a weekday walk. Overall, it is a family-friendly walk with some areas of increased difficulty depending on the skill level of the hikers.
Dogs are permitted and must remain on a leash.
There is a $3 parking fee. Park entrance is free.
The East Ridge Loop takes about 2.5 hours to complete on foot.
Rain in southern California may cause the trails to close. Consider hiking this trail between April and October when there is significantly less chance of rain.
The change in elevation throughout the trail is about 620 feet.
Parking is available onsite at the park entrance for a $3 fee.
This trail is a loop, beginning at the Peters Canyon Park entrance.
Yes, bikes are allowed on this trail, as well as horseback.
Learn about other popular hiking spots by visiting these articles:
- Adams Canyon Trail
- Aiea Loop Trail
- Ancient Lakes Trail
- Batteries to Bluffs Trail
- Big Falls Trail
- Bridle Trails State Park
- Calico Basin Trail
- Cochran Shoals Trail
- Craven Gap Trail
- Dale Ball Trails
- Devastation Trail
- Donut Falls Trailhead
- East Palisades Trail
- Endless Wall Trail
- Judd Trail
- Holy Jim Trail
- Hummingbird Trail
- Kuilau Ridge Trail
- Kuliouou Ridge Trail
- Lake Clementine Trail
- Lost Valley Trail
- Mahana Ridge Trail
- Makiki Valley Trail
- Marymere Falls Trail
- Monkey Trail
- Munds Wagon Trail
- Murray Canyon Trail
- Pink Pillbox Hike
- Point Bonita Trail
- Poo Poo Point Trailhead
- Red Reef Trail
- River Place Nature Trail
- Tahquitz Canyon Trail
- Trail Canyon Falls
- Waterfall Hikes
- Wave Cave Trail
- Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail
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