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6 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Orange County This Year

Bella Gil | March 24, 2021 | Lifestyle Feature

Here's our list of some of the best things to do on Earth Day 2021 in Orange County, including outdoor activities for kids and the whole family.

PHOTO: BY KITERA DENT/UNSPLASH

1. Crystal Cove State Park

Crystal Cove has trails for hikers of all experience levels, from beginners to experts. The myriad beachside canyon paths offer a peek into the backcountry and its flourishing fauna and wilderness. The more strenuous trails pay off with sweeping views of the Pacific, while easier trails still allow you to be one with nature on days you prefer a more leisurely stroll. WEBSITE

2. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Rare species, including mule deer, long-tailed weasels, bobcats and red-tailed hawks, await on the 40 miles of trails in this 7,000-acre oasis. While pups are not allowed on its trails, hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding are all welcome. Book a tour through the Nix Nature Center for a guided adventure by foot or bike. WEBSITE

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3. Red Rock Canyon

Located in the Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, this 4.2-mile trail is great for beginners. Gorgeous at any time of the day and accessible through lots in both Foothill Ranch and Trabuco Canyon, Red Rock Canyon’s surroundings will have you feeling like you’ve left O.C. for arid Arizona. Try a sunset hike to see the exposed sandstone red rocks truly come to life. WEBSITE

4. Saddleback Mountain

Dedicate a day off to the highest point in Orange County, Santiago Peak. On the challenging side, make sure you come prepared for this eight-hour, 15.6-mile journey. From the ascent, views of O.C., the San Bernardino Mountains and even the Pacific will peek at you when reaching various ridges and stops. 951.736.1811


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5. Sitton Peak

Less rigorous than reaching Santiago Peak, Sitton Peak offers equally gorgeous views of the Santa Ana Mountains, O.C. and Catalina Island. Perched atop one of the highest peaks in the Cleveland National Forest, the trail spans a little more than 9 miles with portions of flat terrain for ease. 951.736.1811

6. Top of the World

This popular Laguna Beach trail is nearly 2.5 miles long, but its terrain is a challenge with an estimated hiking time of two hours. Ascend through Aliso and Wood Canyon Wilderness Park to reach the coveted culmination—incredible panoramic vistas that span from Catalina Island to Mount Baldy. 949.923.2200, WEBSITE



Photography by: PHOTO BY KITERA DENT/UNSPLASH; COURTESY OF VISIT LAGUNA BEACH; BY RALPH RAVI KAYDEN/UNSPLASH