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Mountains to Sea Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 3.5 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Orange County urban trail that goes along several drainage routes and public parks and ends near the ocean.


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20.3

Miles

32.6

KM

Point to Point

616' 188 m

High

7' 2 m

Low

192' 58 m

Up

740' 226 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

6%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Unknown

Overview

As shown, 20-mile, one-way hike with several locations with nice views, with the highlight being Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve near the ocean. All areas seem to be nice, secure areas to hike through.

Need to Know

Its $3 to park at Peters Canyon Park. The full 22-mile trail includes a docent-led loop in Weir Canyon, more information here.

Description

If you park at Peters Canyon Regional Park or Irvine Regional Park there are a few miles of dirt track. After that it's all paved. There are maybe four street crossings along Harvard in Irvine but other than that its almost all dedicated trail with no required stops.

The route goes along several drainage ways and county parks. You could park at any of them for a shorter hike. Relatively flat except for the first few miles. There are occasional "Mountains to Sea" trail markers, but the trail is often not marked all that well and locally has other names. Approximately 20 miles one way.

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matt lasecki

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  3.5 from 2 votes

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looking out over the water.
Sep 2, 2019 near Costa Mesa, CA
Along the less scenic part of the route. Still fun though with ducks and their babies quacking with us.
Sep 2, 2019 near Irvine, CA
Peter's Canyon is a smooth doubletrack that makes for a great run.
May 8, 2017 near North T…, CA

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