Costa Mesa, CA Hiking Trails and Maps

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Aliso Creek Riding and Hiking Trail

18.4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Sand

Alton Avenue Bike Trail

1.8 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Arroyo Seco Bike Path

2.1 mi
State: CA
Concrete

Ballona Creek Bike Path

7 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Bellflower Bike Trail

2.7 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Bonita Canyon Trail

3.2 mi
State: CA
Concrete

Bud Turner Trail

1.84 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Woodchips

Burbank Channel Bikeway

1 mi
State: CA
Concrete

Castaways Trail

1.02 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Chandler Bikeway

2.8 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Coastal Rail Trail

4.7 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Colton Rail-Trail

1.9 mi
State: CA
Concrete

Compton Creek Bike Path

5.1 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Coyote Creek Bikeway

12 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Culver Boulevard Bike Path

1.9 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Dana Point Headlands Trail

3 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt

Duarte Recreational Trail

1.6 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

El Cajon Trail

4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Electric Avenue Median Park

0.5 mi
State: CA
Concrete

Exposition Line Bikeway

12.2 mi
State: CA
Asphalt
Accordion

Freeway Trail

3.7 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Harvard Trail

1.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Hermosa Valley Greenbelt

3.5 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Woodchips

Hicks Canyon Trail

2 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Hoover Bike and Walking Trail

2 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Huntington Beach Bicycle Trail

8 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Jeffrey Open Space Trail

4.1 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Juanita Cooke Greenbelt

2.5 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Woodchips

Juanita Moe Trail

1 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Laguna Dominguez Trail

2.7 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Los Angeles River Trail

23.9 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Marvin Braude Bike Trail

21 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Mt. Lowe Railroad Trail

5.8 mi
State: CA
Ballast, Dirt

North Redondo Beach Bikeway

0.8 mi
State: CA
Concrete

Oceanfront Boardwalk

2.9 mi
State: CA
Concrete

Orange Line Bike Path

18.1 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Oso Creek Trail

4.1 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Pacific Electric Bike Trail

2.1 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail

18.1 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Peters Canyon Bikeway

2.9 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Peters Canyon Trail

4.6 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Rio Hondo River Trail

17.3 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Salt Creek Trail (CA)

5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

San Clemente Beach Trail

2.3 mi
State: CA
Sand

San Diego Creek Trail

9.3 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

San Gabriel River Trail

38 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

San Juan Creek Trail

6 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

San Luis Rey River Trail

9 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Santa Ana River Trail

50.3 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Santa Gertrudis Creek Trail

3 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Santiago Creek Trail

7.6 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Shady Canyon Trail

4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Shoreline Pedestrian/Bicycle Path

4.1 mi
State: CA
Concrete

Southern Avenue Greenway

2.5 mi
State: CA
Concrete

Tracks at Brea Trail

4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Gravel

Turtle Rock Trail

2.8 mi
State: CA
Concrete

Tustin Branch Trail

2.2 mi
State: CA
Concrete, Dirt

University Trail

3 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Upper Bay Trail

2.4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Venta Spur Trail

3.7 mi
State: CA
Concrete

Victoria Avenue Bike Path

6 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Walnut Trail

3.1 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Watts Towers Crescent Greenway

0.2 mi
State: CA
Crushed Stone

West Irvine Trail

1.7 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Whittier Greenway Trail

4.7 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Woodbridge Trail

2.2 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Aliso Creek Riding and Hiking Trail passes through the heart of Mission Viejo from South Laguna to Rancho Santa Margarita along an 18.5-mile corridor. The trail features many parks in Orange...
CA 18.4 mi Asphalt, Sand
The Alton Avenue Bike Trail runs adjacent to both Alton Avenue and an active railroad line through Santa Ana. The path primarily serves the recreational and commuting needs of local residents,...
CA 1.8 mi Asphalt
The Arroyo Seco Bike Path runs about 2 miles between South Pasadena and northeast Los Angeles, offering views of the LA skyline and the distant mountains. It begins south of Pasadena Avenue and...
CA 2.1 mi Concrete
The Ballona Creek Bike Path follows the channelized Ballona Creek for 7 miles, from Syd Kronenthal Park in east Culver City (National Boulevard) to the Pacific Ocean, where it connects with the Marvin...
CA 7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Bellflower Bike Trail runs for more than 2 miles on the right-of-way of the old Pacific Electric transit system—also known as the Red Cars—across Bellflower. At its zenith in the 1920s, Pacific...
CA 2.7 mi Asphalt
The Bonita Canyon Trail is a sidepath along Culver Drive and Bonita Canyon Drive linking the Orange County cities of Irvine and Newport Beach. Near the trail's midpoint, pick up the Shady Canyon Trail...
CA 3.2 mi Concrete
Experience the easy life of the West Coast on Orange County's Bud Turner Trail. Set in a quiet neighborhood in the city of Fullerton, the trail is ideal for all types of trail use and uniquely caters...
CA 1.84 mi Dirt, Woodchips
The Burbank Channel Bikeway is a concrete multi-use path located alongside the Burbank-Western Flood Control Channel in LA County. The bikeway was built in two phases. The first, 0.3 miles between...
CA 1 mi Concrete
The short Castaways Trail has expansive views of the mountains, ocean, Upper Newport Bay and Newport Harbor. Much of the 1-mile path runs along the bluffs in Castaways Park and the trail offers...
CA 1.02 mi Asphalt
The Chandler Bikeway is a jewel tucked nicely into a Burbank neighborhood. The bikeway begins as a well-maintained corridor that runs in the median between lanes of traffic on Chandler Boulevard. Like...
CA 2.8 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Coastal Rail Trail will one day run 44 miles from Oceanside to San Diego along the Coaster commuter rail. Short sections of the developing trail are currently open in Oceanside, Carlsbad, Solana...
CA 4.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
This urban trail travels along the side of North Colton Avenue and South Inland Center Drive, connecting San Bernadino and Colton. The corridor is an abandoned Southern Pacific rail line and will...
CA 1.9 mi Concrete
The Compton Creek Bike Path crosses Compton along the east bank of its namesake creek, offering access to precious open space for the urban neighborhoods along the way. Compton Creek itself is a...
CA 5.1 mi Asphalt
Running through large Los Angeles suburbs in both Los Angeles County and Orange County, the Coyote Creek Bikeway follows the channelized bank of the creek through residential and industrial...
CA 12 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Culver Boulevard Bike Path is a short rail-trail located in a nicely landscaped median park in Culver City and Los Angeles. The trail was built on a former Pacific Electric interurban...
CA 1.9 mi Asphalt
Want an enjoyable loop hike through a new preserve and three parks with stunning ocean views throughout? Check out the trail system in the Dana Point Headlands, a scenic coastal area in Orange...
CA 3 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt
The Duarte Recreational Trail is made up of paved and parallel dirt trails. Located in Southern California's San Gabriel Valley, Duarte is named for Andres Duarte, a Mexican soldier who was granted...
CA 1.6 mi Asphalt
Yorba Linda's El Cajon Trail courses through the city on a former irrigation canal that was abandoned and filled in after a flood made it impractical to use. Paved with a parallel equestrian and...
CA 4 mi Asphalt, Concrete
If you believe the setting makes the trail, you won't quibble with the brevity of the path through Seal Beach's Electric Avenue Median Park. Ensconced in a beautifully maintained linear park, the...
CA 0.5 mi Concrete
The Exposition Line, running from Downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica, carefully integrates light rail, bikeway and pedestrian facilities. The second phase of the light rail line opened in 2017,...
CA 12.2 mi Asphalt
Accordion
The Freeway Trail, as its name implies, parallels the San Diego Freeway (Interstate 405) on its brief route through Irvine. With power lines overhead and neighborhoods blocked by sound walls to the...
CA 3.7 mi Asphalt
The Harvard Trail is a short sidepath along Harvard Avenue in Irvine. Beautifully landscaped, lit and featuring smooth concrete, the trail is a much more pleasant experience than your average roadside...
CA 1.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
In the hustle and bustle of the greater Los Angeles area, the Hermosa Valley Greenbelt provides a cool, peaceful escape that is just minutes from the beach. This 3.5-mile trail nestled in a greenway...
CA 3.5 mi Dirt, Woodchips
The Hicks Canyon Trail is a short but scenic blacktop trail along the landscaped Hicks Canyon Wash. It starts at the Peters Canyon Trail near Hicks Canyon Community Park and climbs up the wash to end...
CA 2 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Hoover Bike and Walking Trail is a utilitarian path adjacent to an active rail line in the western Orange County city of Westminster. Also paralleling Hoover Street for its entire distance, the...
CA 2 mi Asphalt
The scenic Huntington Beach Bicycle Trail runs along the Pacific Ocean waterfront of the most populous beach city in Orange County. Paved over its entire length and remarkably wide at some points, the...
CA 8 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Irvine's Jeffrey Open Space Trail, currently open in three disconnected segments, has won awards for its landscaping and innovative design incorporating a series of intaglio panels in the concrete bed...
CA 4.1 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Juanita Cooke Greenbelt is a wonderful escape from the often-busy streets and highways of Orange County. This 2.5-mile trail in Fullerton connects some of the area's quiet neighborhoods with the...
CA 2.5 mi Dirt, Woodchips
The Juanita Moe Trail—formerly known as the Quail Hill Trail—is a short path along Interstate 405 south of downtown Irvine. Forming a link between the University Trail and Jeffrey Open Space Trail in...
CA 1 mi Asphalt
On the southwestern outskirts of Los Angeles, the Laguna Dominguez Trail spans just shy of 3 miles, connecting the cities of Lawndale and Hawthorne (named for famed American author Nathaniel...
CA 2.7 mi Asphalt
The paved Los Angeles River Trail—also known as the Los Angeles River Bike Path, Los Angeles River Bikeway, Los Angeles River Greenway Trail and Lario Trail—is open in two disconnected segments along...
CA 23.9 mi Asphalt
Quintessential Southern California, the Marvin Braude Bike Trail—commonly referred to as simply The Strand by locals—is featured in hundreds of TV shows and movies. Whether you are here on vacation,...
CA 21 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Mount Lowe Railway was created as a scenic tourist line to bring visitors to see Mount Lowe and Echo Mountain. The railway opened in 1893 and stopped services in 1938. Interestingly, the railway...
CA 5.8 mi Ballast, Dirt
The North Redondo Beach Bikeway is a signed bike route that links Torrance to the Los Angeles Metro's Redondo Beach station (Green Line). Portions of the bikeway feature designated bike lanes, while...
CA 0.8 mi Concrete
The Oceanfront Boardwalk begins in West Newport Beach at the end of 36th Street and runs nearly 3 miles down the Balboa Peninsula. Along the way, trail-goers will find restaurants, dory fishermen,...
CA 2.9 mi Concrete
The Orange Line Bike Path is an 18-mile rail-trail paralleling the Los Angeles Metro's Orange Line rapid busway in the northern neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Both the busway and the trail stretch from...
CA 18.1 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Oso Creek Trail offers just over four miles of paved pathway connecting Jeronimo Open Space Park and Oso Viejo Community Park in the suburban southern California city of Mission Viejo. Much of...
CA 4.1 mi Asphalt
A neighborhood trail of the first order, the Pacific Electric Bike Trail links well-kept middle class neighborhoods on either side of tree-lined Maple Street near downtown Santa Ana. The trail runs on...
CA 2.1 mi Asphalt
The Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail is a great commuter and recreation trail in western San Bernadino valley, with expansive views and connections to community centers and parks. The trail...
CA 18.1 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
To the trail user, the West Irvine Trail and Peters Canyon Bikeway are one continuous trail with two names in three cities. The northern component of the Peters Canyon Regional Trail, both paths...
CA 2.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Peters Canyon Trail, currently open in two disconnected segments, runs northeast from Bill Barber Community Park to Portola Parkway, with a small gap from Warner Avenue to an active rail line that...
CA 4.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Rio Hondo River Trail runs for more than 17 miles through Los Angeles County along its namesake waterway, a partially channelized tributary of the Los Angeles River. The trail extends northeast...
CA 17.3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Robert McCollum Memorial Bicycle Trail, also known as the Trabuco Creek Trail (East Bank), is a short paved path along Trabuco Creek in San Juan Capistrano. The trail begins at a junction with the...
CA 1 mi Asphalt
The Salt Creek Trail, with more arms than an octopus, offers a variety of experiences for trail users of all types in Dana Point and Laguna Niguel. Featuring two sections, several branches and a mix...
CA 5 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
Hugging one of the most picturesque shorelines in Southern California, the San Clemente Beach Trail is one of the premier rail-trails in the area. The trail itself is technically a rail-with-trail, as...
CA 2.3 mi Sand
The San Diego Creek Trail is the spine of the City of Irvine's extensive system of trails and bike lanes. It begins in Newport Beach, joining the Upper Bay Trail near where San Diego Creek empties...
CA 9.3 mi Asphalt
The San Gabriel River Trail extends from the base of the San Gabriel Mountains all the way to the Pacific Ocean. A key component of Los Angeles County's transportation infrastructure, the trail...
CA 38 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The San Juan Creek Trail starts where the creek meets the Pacific Ocean at Doheny State Beach in scenic Dana Point. From there, it runs on the levee along the western bank of San Juan Creek to its...
CA 6 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The San Luis Rey River Trail runs for 9 miles along the course of the San Luis Rey River in Oceanside. The trail, which is smooth and mostly flat, is a local favorite among cyclists, walkers and...
CA 9 mi Asphalt
The Santa Ana River Trail is a 12-foot wide path following the Santa Ana River, a waterway that is cement-lined through much of Orange County but free flowing in Riverside and San Bernardino counties....
CA 50.3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Santa Gertrudis Creek Trail is a 3-mile paved trail that serves as both a recreational amenity and an active transportation alternative for locals looking to get to nearby locations without...
CA 3 mi Asphalt
The Santiago Creek Trail is a scenic urban ride up a portion of Santiago Creek northeast from the Westfield MainPlace Mall to Collins Avenue in Orange. From Collins Avenue, the trail heads south to...
CA 7.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Shady Canyon Trail is an incredibly scenic route along Shady Canyon Drive in southern Irvine. Extending through the southern reaches of the historic Irvine Ranch and protected Irvine Ranch Natural...
CA 4 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Shoreline Pedestrian/Bicycle Path is a scenic multipurpose trail that runs from the tip of the breakwater opposite Island Grissom at the Long Beach Shoreline Marina to Long Beach's Belmont Shore...
CA 4.1 mi Concrete
Open space is precious in South Gate, and the Southern Avenue Greenway—which runs under overhead power lines—provides an off-street walking and biking route, as well as play areas for the community....
CA 2.5 mi Concrete
The Tracks at Brea Trail provides a 4-mile route across the city of Brea, which lies about 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The trail consists of a two-lane paved bikeway for wheeled users and a...
CA 4 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The Turtle Rock Trail meanders its way through the neighborhood of the same name in southern Irvine. The path is a short—but serious—aerobic workout, as it features climbs to the trail's high point at...
CA 2.8 mi Concrete
If you are looking for a quick escape from the smog and traffic of Southern California, take a trip along the Tustin Branch Trail. Currently open in two disconnected segments, the trail runs on the...
CA 2.2 mi Concrete, Dirt
The scenic University Trail begins at a connection with the San Diego Creek Trail and runs east along University Drive through southern Irvine. The trail stretches the length of William R. Mason...
CA 3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The short Upper Bay Trail arcs around the northern edge of the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve near the Newport Beach–Irvine city line. The protected estuary, home to six rare avian species, is...
CA 2.4 mi Asphalt
The Venta Spur Trail travels along the narrow corridor of a former rail spur that began serving the Frances Packing House—a major citrus processing facility—in 1916. Today, the popular trail serves...
CA 3.7 mi Concrete
The Victoria Avenue Bike Path parallels a scenic parkway dotted with palm trees that was built in 1892 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The northeastern end of the trail...
CA 6 mi Asphalt
The Walnut Trail shares a wide corridor with an active railroad line, a BNSF route, through a section of Orange County known for producing oranges and strawberries. The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe...
CA 3.1 mi Asphalt
The Watts Towers Crescent Greenway is a short but pleasant rail-trail in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. The trail's central attraction is the Watts Towers Art Center, home of the striking and...
CA 0.2 mi Crushed Stone
To the trail user, the West Irvine Trail and Peters Canyon Bikeway are one continuous trail with two names in three cities. The northern component of the Peters Canyon Regional Trail, both paths...
CA 1.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Whittier Greenway Trail occupies part of an abandoned railroad right-of-way in its namesake town, running parallel to Whittier Boulevard and Lambert Road between Mills Avenue and Pioneer Boulevard...
CA 4.7 mi Asphalt
The Woodbridge Trail, while short, is one of the most scenic in Irvine's extensive trail network. Views of two lakes and surrounding mountains unfold around each bend. It's a great route for families...
CA 2.2 mi Asphalt, Concrete

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Recent Trail Reviews

Upper Bay Trail

you can circumnavigate the entire Back Bay trail

July, 2021 by daopperman

You can continue beyond this mapped trail to use the trail on both the north- and south-side of the Back Bay trail and related / co-joined trails and use the sidewalk on the PCH to then join other trails and the cliff-top roads on the north-side to get to the Back Bay trail.

Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail

new to biking

July, 2021 by marliapjess

I really like this trail. I have only made it from Cactus to Cherry Ave. But it seems like a safe and easy ride so far. You’ll see some homeless people peppered throughout Fontana area but in all there are a lot of people walking, running and biking.

Santa Ana River Trail

Great beginner trail

July, 2021 by nicole.m.cortez

My first time cycling and my boyfriend and I started near Yorba Linda park off imperial Hwy. We parked for free next to the park where there was a trail entrance. Rode 10 miles to angel stadium and back. Trail was clean, not trashed, flat, plenty of room, no homeless camps or anything sketchy. Very pretty near yorba linda, mostly just concrete as we got further from our start point. We started the trail at 9am. Trail got busier as the day went on. Looked like plenty of water fountains along the trail. There were bathrooms at the park where we started. I would recommend

Accordion

Aliso Creek Riding and Hiking Trail

Nice Trail!

July, 2021 by evanharney165

I have rode the eastern part of this trail a few times with my friends. It is really nice and has some nice scenery. Just be aware that the 1-5 is closed and you will not be able to come up and down on the trail in that area. There are detours that you can take. Good trail on the eastern part.

San Clemente Beach Trail

Beautiful visuals

June, 2021 by azclubb

Nice trail. Beautiful views

Marvin Braude Bike Trail

roundtrip

June, 2021 by lucestella

Completed the entire trail round trip, starting at Temescal Canyon in Will Rogers State Park and rode all the way to the end of the trail in about 4.5 hours… it was both exhausting and wonderful ¿¿

Shoreline Pedestrian/Bicycle Path

I love Long Beach

June, 2021 by raiderdre

The city keeps the paths spotless.

San Gabriel River Trail

disappointing

June, 2021 by allana_tl

I hadn’t ridden this trail for 10-15 years; it has gotten cluttered with homeless camps, crowded with fast training groups crowding my lane, and aggravated with fast and slow ebikes and scooters- I’ll not ride it again.0

Whittier Greenway Trail

great bike ride

May, 2021 by trustkas

Great place to walk and ride. Well kept up and pretty flowers along the way.

Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail

beautiful trail

May, 2021 by mlehill11

Beautiful, clean, well maintained, wide trail. Much of the way you have to option to be on a paved path or compact gravel. We went on a mild weathered Saturday afternoon and the trail was not busy at all. There are several intersections with lights you have to go through but it’s all very safe. Plenty of water fountains and rest break locations. Most of the trail abuts the backside of residential areas. Very little shade from sporadic trees. We felt super safe. Our GPS clocked in a little more that 18 miles (20).

Aliso Creek Riding and Hiking Trail

Lots of nature along Aliso Creek

May, 2021 by melbadunn

My husband and I rode this trail again today. This is our third ride on the trail since February. It has fast become my favorite bike path. There is so much nature to see along the trail. Maneuvering through the detour was much easier this time.

Aliso Creek Riding and Hiking Trail

Detour on the trail

May, 2021 by melbadunn

We Love this trail and rode it for a second time last week. Please note, the trail is closed at the I 5 connection for a while They are doing construction. You will need to take a detour on surface streets to get across the 5. Be sure to take your GPS to maneuver safely through the detour.

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