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Hiking to Aliso Peak

16 hours agoFitness / Hiking : SoCal Hiker

South Orange County is often dismissed as a snooty, well-to-do slice of suburbia filled with malls, expensive cars and cookie cutter houses. It may fit that stereotype on the surface, but there is much more to explore. There are hidden trails like the Aliso Peak Trail above Laguna Beach. Show More Summary

Beek’s Place via Black Star Canyon

16 hours agoFitness / Hiking : SoCal Hiker

Mysterious ruins in a canyon that used to be home to grizzly bears? In Orange County? Yes, and getting there is a heckuva hike. This strenuous, 15 mile out-and-back trail up Black Star Canyon has several highlights, including a great...Show More Summary

Park Closures Throughout OC

16 hours agoFitness / Hiking : SoCal Hiker

The recent storms have brought much-needed rain to Southern California, but dumped it at a measure that has wreaked havoc with trails in the hills of our local Orange County parks. Many of the regional parks typically close during heavy...Show More Summary

2013 in Photographs

16 hours agoFitness / Hiking : SoCal Hiker

2013 was a great year. In 2012 we relocated to Los Angeles after living many years in south Orange County. That meant lots of new trails to explore. Inspired by Derek at 100peaks, I’ve put together some of my favorite photos from 2013. My year began with a trip to Mumbai, India for work… and work […] The post 2013 in Photographs appeared first on SoCal Hiker.

Ridgeline Loop to Barbara’s Lake

16 hours agoFitness / Hiking : SoCal Hiker

Few people know that Orange County is actually home to several natural lakes. Most “lakes” are actually man-made reservoirs, but the Laguna Lakes in Laguna Canyon are the real deal, and Barbara’s Lake is the largest in the chain. This...Show More Summary

Peters Canyon Loop

17 hours agoFitness / Hiking : SoCal Hiker

Peters Canyon Regional Park is centrally located in the city of Orange, near foothills of Tustin and Irvine. Because it’s located smack dab in the middle of Orange County, and because it actually has some decent hills with views extending to the coast, Peters Canyon is one of the more popular places to hike in OC. […] The post Peters Canyon Loop appeared first on SoCal Hiker.

Small Peak in Robinson Ranch

17 hours agoFitness / Hiking : SoCal Hiker

Small Peak is the name my friend John gave this knoll in the foothills of the Cleveland National Forest behind Orange County’s Robinson Ranch. This hike is a 3 mile out-and-back route that climbs up to this little peak, which in spite of its name, has some big views over much of Orange County. At […] The post Small Peak in Robinson Ranch appeared first on SoCal Hiker.

Chiquito Falls Trail

17 hours agoFitness / Hiking : SoCal Hiker

When you think of hiking in Orange County, you don’t usually envision dramatic waterfalls. But during the spring, there are a number of wonderful seasonal waterfalls that are just a hike away. One of my personal favorites is Chiquito Falls. Show More Summary

Holy Jim Trail to Santiago Peak

17 hours agoFitness / Hiking : SoCal Hiker

At 5,689 feet, Santiago Peak — often referred to locally as Saddleback Mountain — is the tallest peak in Orange County. And one of the best routes up to the summit is the Holy Jim Trail. This strenuous, 15 mile out-and-back hike climbs over 4,000 feet through beautiful mountain terrain not usually associated with Orange County. Show More Summary

Whiting Ranch: Dreaded Hill & Red Rock Canyon

17 hours agoFitness / Hiking : SoCal Hiker

Whiting Ranch is a popular Orange County wilderness park located in Lake Forest between Foothill Ranch and Santiago Canyon. Although it’s surrounded on two sides by subdivisions, once you hike into the park, you’re transported to another time and place. Show More Summary

Wildflower Photo Contest

17 hours agoFitness / Hiking : SoCal Hiker

The Orange County Register and OC Hiking Club have teamed up with Samy’s Cameras for their annual Wildflower Photo Contest. There are three categories, including: Nature Open - flowers; mostly natural Flower and Man – flower plus people,...Show More Summary

Katie Hamilton’s Husband Josh Relapses On Cocaine? New ‘RHOC’ Star May Be Suspended By The MLB

Katie Hamilton’s husband, Josh, is reportedly under investigation after an alleged cocaine relapse. The Real Housewives of Orange County’s latest addition is said to have struggled with cocaine addiction in the past, and now it appears his demons have returned. Show More Summary

After dog chewed off his own leg to get free, owner charged

The Orange County man whose German shepherd chewed off his own leg after being tied up outside for a week has been charged with animal abuse and faces up to one year in jail if convicted, prosecutors said.

Lydia McLaughlin Opens Up About Hawaii Vacation With Newborn

The Real Housewives of Orange County star Lydia McLaughlin has been off the show for over a season now and she appears to have no regrets when it comes to leaving the wildly successful show behind. At the time, Lydia revealed that she wanted to focus on her family and possibly have another child. Show More Summary

Chapman University Welcomes a Mormon Apostle From Utah

I am all for freedom of speech in this country. I have worked in politics for over 40 years to preserve this cherished right. As an Orange County, California resident, I for one would like to welcome Apostle Jeffrey R. Holland of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) to our county. Show More Summary

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Measles, vaccines and Bill-O

Reuters Reuters: Big U.S. majority favors mandatory vaccinations: Reuters/Ipsos poll Howard Markel: According to some accounts, several schools in Orange County, where Disneyland is located, reported that 50 percent to 60 percent ofShow More Summary

Woman allegedly embezzled $438,000 from Catholic school fundraiser

A 40-year-old mother was arrested Tuesday for allegedly embezzling more than $400,000 from a Catholic school’s fundraising program, Orange County prosecutors said.

'Real Housewives of Orange County' Alum Lydia McLaughlin Says Holy Spirit Told Her to Ditch Drama-Filled Reunion Show

"Real Housewives of Orange County" alum Lydia McLaughlin said recently that she abruptly left the season 8 reunion show after receiving a message from the Holy Spirit.

Henry Segerstrom, 91, Philanthropist Who Transformed Orange County, California’s Cultural Life

The scion of a lima-bean-farming family, Segerstrom turned some empty fields into South Coast Plaza, one of America’s high-end shopping meccas. He went on to donate the land and much of the money to build the venues at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, renamed after him in 2011.

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