Draws include wildflowers, bird-watching and dramatic vistas; dangers include mountain lions and rattlesnakes. The remoteness of some trails in the county’s parks and wilderness parks can be both draw and danger. Others are easily accessed: Enter Crystal Cove State Park (949.494.3539) and Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve (714.846.3460) from Coast Highway, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park (949.923.2235) from Laguna Canyon Road. Destinations also include Caspers Wilderness Park (949.923.2210), the largest, and the Orange County Great Park (866.829.3829), which when complete will eclipse New York's Central Park. Access Irvine Ranch Open Space (714.973.6865) during scheduled programs; Cleveland National Forest (858.673.6180) offers trails in the vicinity of iconic Santiago and Modjeska peaks.
On the Trail in Orange County