Summary: This is a relativly easy family hike. This trail is great for training. The trail is well maintained. The scenery is plentiful during the spring when wild flowers are in bloom and the hills are carpeted with fresh vegetation. Stay on the trail at all times as the area is protected by the Irvine Ranch Reserve. The trail begins with a few rolling hills and a small stream crossing (may be dry in summer). At 2.5 miles, the trail comes close to a housing development. At this point, the trail makes a left turn and some hill work. The last 1/2 mile is a downhill walk back to your car on Avenida de Santiago (Street).
Trailhead: From the 91 (riverside) freeway exit Weir Canyon and head south. turn right at Serrano Avenue. Turn left (South) at Hidden Canyon road. The housing development is called Anaheim Ridge Estates. Follow Hidden Canyon until it dead ends with Overlook Terrace. Park on the corner by the barrier. No parking on Tuesdays from 12- 4 PM. Keep in mind this is a residential area. (Lat:33.83052 Lon:-117.74543)
Trail Guides for Wier Canyon Loop:
Best Easy Day Hikes Orange County
by Randy Vogel (Falcon Publishing)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Santiago Oaks Regional park 714 538-4400
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by David Muro, who has posted 7 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by NicNac on 8/30/2012
My friend and I really liked this trail. Constant elevated heart rate with the peaks & valleys. Alternated running up the hills when we felt brave. Took about 2 hours to do the full loop. Came close to houses but we still felt separate from them. We plan to do it again soon. The Deer Weed trail is a shortcut if you aren't feeling up to the entire loop.
Reviewed by Rob on 6/17/2012
Not a very exciting hike but enjoyable. Probably better in spring than summer and probably would have been better had we not gone in the peak heat of the afternoon. Nice view but the scenery is a bit on the boring side.
Reviewed by OrangeDawg on 4/14/2012
Did the whole loop today. Beautiful. Only one other encounter of people, a family looking at wild flowers. Trail packed and dry. damp only in a few low lying areas. Beautiful Day!
Reviewed by Jimbo on 4/2/2011
The trail has been open for a while now. Along the trail, there's quite a variety of wildflowers in bloom. One stretch has a nice display of chia, lupine, canterbery bells mariposa lillies and poppies. Not carpets of flowers, but nice nonetheless. If you live in the area, it's definitely worth doing before things warm-up and the hills turn brown.
Reviewed by Bernie on 12/31/2010
I went to the trailhead over the weekend (12/25/10) and found a sign stating that the trails were closed. Does anyone know when they will be open again? Thanks Bernie
Reviewed by Viewer on 11/19/2010
We just did this trail yesterday(11/18/10, and there is some construction going on. It seems to me like they added at least 0.5 of a mile to the trail due to the redesigning of the trail.This is a great training trail but there is no shade so try to do it early in the morning or in a cool day.
Reviewed by ALC and RKD on 11/9/2010
We live nearby and jog/walk this hike weekly with our 2 Siberian Huskies. It's a great training hike (good trail visibility and very few rocky areas) and the hills are generally not too steep. Our most recent trip was last Thursday (11/4/10) and there is some construction on the first half of the hike. It looks like they are creating/reinforcing the drainage canals and the dirt is freshly turned and very soft in some areas. Also, if the walk down the street back to the cars is too hard on tired knees, there is a narrow path on the left about 75 ft from the cul-de-sac the takes you through the hills an back to the parking area. It does have a couple of steep hills, but the dirt path is easier on knees (and doggy paws) than the paved street.
Reviewed by Alan on 9/6/2010
Would hike again because it is close by. not the most interesting of terrain and much of the hike is marred by the presence of encroaching civilization. It is an interesting study in the battle front between developer's and nature conservation. The hike description implies the road portion is mandatory but it is not - there is a legal and clearly marked (with a sign) section of the loop that will take you directly back to the Hidden Canyon/Lookout parking. This portion of the trail has one slightly steep/loose section, but unless you have trouble walking, it's not difficult. On Labor day 9-10:45, sae about 14 other people in total at various points on the trail, including 4 mountain bikers but for the most part, was alone when walki
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