El Modena Open Space Trail
ElevationAscent: 432' 132 m
Descent: -357' -109 m
High: 803' 245 m
Low: 426' 130 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 47% (25°)
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“Enjoy terrific views of north Orange County, including the ocean and Catalina Island on a clear day.”— Jim B.
The trail starts as a sandy path popular with dog walkers, then climbs up a rough, rocky stretch to the first of three hilltops.
Once up top, the alternating singletrack and wide sandy path follows the rolling hills for the rest of the hike, up to the top of the final hilltop. Bonus points if you can find the USGS 1932 marker at the top, although I think the local hoodlums have since defaced the marker.
On the return, you can choose to follow the singletrack back, or your can take the nearby North Cameron St. Bike Path, which offers an easier route home.
Land Manager: OC Parks - Santiago Oaks Regional Park