Peters Canyon Regional Park
Peters Canyon is central Orange County’s Weekend Warrior oasis.
Peters Canyon Regional Park is located in the city of Orange, right on the border of Tustin and Irvine. It’s easy to get to from either Jamboree, Newport Avenue or Chapman Avenue, making it one of the most accessible hiking spots in Orange County.
During the weekend this place becomes a playground for a wide range of activities. Hikers, Dog Walkers, Trail Runners, Mountain Bikers and even Horse Riders can be found on the trail, sometimes all at the same time.
Make sure you check out the “rules of the trail” so you understand who gives way to who, as it get a little confusing. If you are hiking / walking with headphones in, then the best practice to to leave one ear uncovered or take one ear bud out. Mountain Bikers will often call out “on your left” to let you know they will pass you on that side, so you need to make sure that you are able to hear them.
You probably also don’t want to walk in a group anymore then three abreast. I don’t know of any specific rules about this one, but it’s just polite to allow others the spaces to pass.
I’m going to put out a personal request to all Dog Walkers on the trail; Please keep your dog on a leash the whole time, Not only is it the law, but while you love your dog and think its the greatest thing in the world, others may not, so show some respect. Oh, and while I’m talking about Dog Walkers, if your Dog goes #2 and you don’t pick it up, then you are the worst type of human on the planet and the rage I feel for you knows no bounds…
There are many different entrances to Peters Canyon, but I will always use the parking lot by the Ranges Station at 8548 E. Canyon View Ave. Orange, CA 92869.
The parking lot is open from 7am to sunset and it’s $3 to park for the day. There is a ticket machine in the parking lot that takes both quarters and dollar bills, as well as visa or MasterCard.
If you visit Peters Canyon often, or you visit a lot of the different parks around Orange County, then you can also get an annual pass which will pay for itself quickly, and you don’t have to worry about finding change each time to visit.
People often tell me how if you park at the bottom of the canyon then you can just park in the street and walk in for free.
I think that if you live in the neighborhood then entering the park for free is fine, but if you are driving from another city or neighborhood and parking on side streets to avoid paying a $3 fee which helps supports and maintain the trails and fund the restoration projects going on in the park, then for me, you fall into the same category as people who don’t pick up after their dogs. I feel like it is important that all of us who use and love our local parks support them, so that they can continue to be improved and restored.
Because of this, I won’t post the addresses of the other entrances to the park.
If you decide to try the park out on a weekend, then afterwards you can head down Chapman Avenue and hit up Rutabegorz, one of our other Orange County Hot Spots for a healthy breakfast or lunch.
The OC Parks now have mobile app. The app lets you know everything that Peters Canyon has to offer, as well as all of the other OC Parks.