Best trails in Santa Ana, California

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Looking for a great trail near Santa Ana, California? AllTrails has 8 great trail running trails, walking trails, dogs leash trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Crystal Cove State Park or Chino Hills State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park or North Etiwanda Preserve. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 7 easy trails in Santa Ana ranging from 0.7 to 10.9 miles and from 32 to 600 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Santa Ana, California
Top trails (8)
#1 - Lower Peters Canyon Trail Loop Via Citrus Ranch Park
Santa Ana, California
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 3 h 26 m
#2 - Santa Ana River Trail: Santa Ana to Fountain Valley
Santa Ana, California
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Length: 8.2 mi • Est. 3 h 22 m
This segment of the Santa Ana River Trail heads from McFadden Avenue to Gisler Avenue and bypasses all major road crossings. Accessibility: This asphalt, cement, and wooden bridge trail is estimated to typically be at least 6 feet wide. There is a painted center dividing line along the path. The slope is estimated to be mostly gentle (5% grade or less) uphill and down. There is one estimated moderately steep (5% to 8% grade) downhill section at about the 3.4 mile mark when heading south from the trailhead near the tunnel under I-405. Trail goers using mobility equipment may need some assistance there. There are at least 3 designated wheelchair-accessible parking spaces with access aisles at the paved lot at Windsor Park. Please do not park at the Andrew Jackson Elementary School during school hours. Show more
#3 - Santiago Creek Trail
Santiago Park
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Length: 10.9 mi • Est. 4 h 22 m
Awesome biking trail! The last section through Santiago Oaks Regional Park is dirt but 4/5ths of it is all paved. There are several road crossings along the way. Accessibility: There are at least 4 designated wheelchair-accessible parking spaces with access aisles at the paved lot midway at Hart Park, marked with a waypoint. There may not be any designated wheelchair-accessible car parking at the west end of this trail at Fisher Park. There are several designated wheelchair-accessible parking spaces with access aisles at Irvine Park at the east end of the trail. There is a fee per vehicle to enter Irvine Park. This mostly asphalt or cement (and partially packed dirt) trail is typically at least 6 feet wide. There is often a painted center dividing line along the path which reduces the width. The slope is estimated to start off mostly gentle (5% grade or less) in the first 6.5 miles. After the 6.5 mile mark, the slope is estimated to be very steep (over 12% grade) uphill at about the 8.6 and 9.3 mile marks when going east. Mobility equipment users may need to avoid those sections.Show more
#4 - Santa Ana River Trail: Windsor Park to Edna Park
Santa Ana, California
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 9 m
A paved trail paralleling the Santa Ana River. Accessibility: There are 3 designated accessible spaces in the paved parking lot off of West La Verne Avenue at the south end of the trail. All of them are van-accessible with striped access aisles. The trail surface is paved (asphalt, cement, or wooden bridge with railings), and typically at least 6 feet wide. There is a painted dividing line along the trail which reduces the width. The estimated grade is mostly gentle (5% or less). This trail will likely be navigable for most trail goers using wheelchairs/mobility equipment or strollers. There are benches and picnic tables along the route for resting.Show more
#5 - Santiago Creek Bike Trail
Santiago Park
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Length: 7.0 mi • Est. 2 h 49 m
#6 - Windsor Park Loop
Windsor Park
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 8 m
#7 - Carl Thornton Loop
Carl Thornton Park
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 17 m
#8 - Centennial Park Loop
Centennial Regional Park
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 28 m