Santa Ana Mountains. You can see Catalina Island as well. There are spectacular views of the north portion of the South Coast Wilderness.
On this hike, make sure to bring your camera as there are great views as well as the potential to spot local Orange County wildlife while you are hiking. While we were hiking last week we watched two hawks hunting in one of the open fields on the hike. We could both tell that they frequent this spot, to prey on the ground squirrels that called that field home. It was just amazing to watch the Hawks dive bomb the area. This area is full of wildlife and another time we were there we saw a coyote while hiking at Turtle Rock in Irvine. When you go on this hike you are also likely to see other hikers as it is a popular hiking trail in Irvine.
Turtle Rock Nature Center which is just up the road. The operating hours for the Turtle Rock Nature Center are 9am - 5pm Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm Saturdays, and the Turtle Rock Nature Center is closed on Sundays. They have some great exhibits and a short trail perfect for every one of all ages. To read more about the Turtle Rock Nature Center please visit our write-up of it Here.
Rating: Elevation Gain: 250 ft. (Easy), Distance: 2.7 Miles Roundtrip (Easy).
Time to Complete Hike: 1 - 2 hours.
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