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El Modena Open Space Trail

Intermediate
 3.6 (5)

Enjoy terrific views of north Orange County, including the ocean and Catalina Island on a clear day.


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1.4

Miles

2.2

KM

Point to Point

803' 245 m

High

426' 130 m

Low

432' 132 m

Up

357' 109 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

47%

Max Grade (25°)

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Description

This trail features terrific views of north Orange County, from Newport Beach to Long Beach. See if you can spot Disneyland, Angels Stadium, and on a clear day, downtown Los Angeles, the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Mt Baldy and much of the San Gabriel Mountains.

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.

Flora & Fauna

Red-tailed hawks are often seen riding the air currents flowing up the hillsides. Lots of pear cactus and sagebrush.

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Shared By:

Jim B.

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  3.6 from 5 votes

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Orange County
Feb 1, 2018 near North T…, CA
Looking southwest toward Huntington Beach, you can see Santa Catalina Island on the left. The hill on the right is the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
Mar 7, 2017 near North T…, CA
From the trail, look west to experience pleasant views of Los Angeles. You can just make out the Honda Center's white roof and Angel Stadium.
Mar 7, 2017 near North T…, CA
Looking south, enjoy views of Newport Beach with Santa Catalina Island on the right.
Mar 7, 2017 near North T…, CA

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Aug 26, 2019
John Ibrahim
2.4mi — 1h 00m
Apr 13, 2019
Nicole Michelle
Mar 23, 2019
Mike Richcreek
Feb 1, 2018
Josue Napoles
Hike for a beginner!!! It had a nice view of Orange County 1mi
Jan 11, 2018
Rafael S
Nov 3, 2017
Brian Jacobs
Brian
Apr 24, 2017
Jim B.
2.5mi — 88h 00m