Deer Canyon Loop Trail

MODERATE 138 reviews
#5 of 28 trails in

Deer Canyon Loop Trail is a 6.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Newport Beach, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until June.

6.9 miles
1,289 feet



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


no dogs

4 months ago

Obviously a popular place to go! Quite a few people sharing the trail on the way in but drops off the further you go in and becomes more secluded. 0 shade so make sure to bring proper sun protection. The hike back up through Rattlesnake Trail is the best part. Some "mini scrambling" and cool places to rest for 5 mins and enjoy the view. Not my favorite hike in the area but still worth the outing :).

5 months ago

Great trail but that Poles section was tough! Bring lots of water, there is no shade on this trail!

6 months ago

So far the best hike ever! Hiked the ELEVATOR! It was a beast so make sure your on beast mode when you take it!!! We even seen a huge deer! I highly recommend this hike if you want a challenge. We did 9.1 miles in 3.22 hours. Via No Name Ridge to Moro Ridge to Elevator.

7 months ago

Great hiking route,little bit challenge in the half way, but feels good after finish trail.

8 months ago

It’s moderate to hard, great workout due to all the hills.

9 months ago

Great work out. This loop has a lot if great hills to climb. Poles Trail is a bitch! Lol.

Not sure why it says $15 to park above-this is the back way to El Moro and you just park on street free.

11 months ago

One of my favorites. Great views of the ocean.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Great place to camp overnight.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Cool trail. Be in shape! Says mtn bike but we saw some strugglers! Narrow and rocky parts. Head towards beach first instead of along 73.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Nice views from Rattlesnake trail. Bring plenty of water, this is a hot hike with no shade!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Great hike and not very difficult.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Free parking. Nowhere near civilization. Good, wide trails in great shape. Numerous routes and maps everywhere.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

It's too closed to civilization. The view from the top was okay.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Great hike, rattlesnake trail can be challenging. did the hike in February after heavy rains, created more challenge with the mud, Probably would rather deal with mud than heat, start early to avoid heat no cover.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

This trail starts off as the same spot as the Boomer Ridge trail, but you head to the right and take off down the trail and down is right. The trail starts off high in the parking lot and the takes you down No Name Ridge, 2.5 miles away to a amazing view point of the Pacific Ocean & PCH.

The hike back up No Name Ridge will kill you with a some 732 ft climb. I want to return to this trail at an earlier time so I can check out the other part of the loop.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

This probably rates as hard. Especially at midday with no water nor shade available. Some steep areas with pebbles where it would be easy to slip. Lots of up and down once you're past the first mile. Seems mostly uphill on the way back if you are traveling clockwise from the start. Did it with my ten year old who seemed to fare better than I did.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Great hike quiet trail good scenery

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Favorite hiking spot so far

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Nice views of the ocean but the elevation ups and downs were pretty gnarly. There were some sections that were quite steep for an extended period of time. Go early because there is no shade but being near the ocean, it was nice and overcast for my whole hike. Free parking on the street near the start of the trail.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Great hike for hikers of all level.. 2nd half was a bit challenging and fun.. lots of uphill and downhills.. early start is recommended as it starts getting hotter by 10.30 while you are returning..

Sunday, June 26, 2016

It was great hike on a beautiful day!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Love this hike. Lots of hills

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Easy at the beginning. The second half was definitely challenging. Beautiful vistas of the canyon and ocean!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Beautiful day made this trail somewhat easy. Really enjoyed the ocean views and breeze!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

I saw 2 deer..

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

This trail is surprisingly challenging. A good work out and a great view throughout! Free and convenient parking. Lots of trail routes to choose from. Good maps and trail markings. But No dogs :(

Monday, April 11, 2016

Amazing views but more uphills than I expected! This trail is incredible but not easy

Friday, March 11, 2016

First time at this trail, very beautiful, quite, clean, and full with life. It had rained four days ago, so there was lots of greenery and flowers budding.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

We did this hike with our Boy Scouts. Easy starter hike with lots of hills/ascents at the beginning to get their legs moving. Not super challenging. Good beginner hike. Watch out for Mountain Bikes and bring sunblock or a hat and water.

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