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Aug 31

Where to Hike in Santa Ana Depending on Your Workout Goals

Looking for an intense summit to climb? Or rather, in need of a relaxing stroll? Maybe you’re meeting friends for a classic walk n’ talk session. Whatever your goals or activity levels — no worries. Santa Ana features hiking trails ready to walk the walk.

El Modena Hiking Trail is the ideal spot for an athletic goal chaser. With a moderate length, gorgeous view and multiple inclines, the hike offers an opportunity for a more intense workout. The inclines are, of course, followed by a panoramic outlook; El Modena will spike your heart rate and give you the needed spring in your step to tackle the rest of the day.

The Quail Hill Loop is a quick and quaint option for those hikers looking for something easy and manageable. Tall golden fields surround open dirt paths with only one incline shift on the 1.8 mile course. Quail Hill is the perfect place to walk the dog, catch up with a friend or treat yourself to downtime relaxation. Maybe even post a #sweatyselfie when completed– friends will be asking where you found such an accessible hike so close to the suburb!

The expansive nature of Fairview Park presents a variety of options for many different activity levels. From exposed bluff lookouts, to areas for bike jumping, to outdoor concerts in the park, Fairview boasts a community feel through and through. We recommend biking over with some friends, hiking through the grounds, and maybe stopping for a picnic next to a scenic outlook.

Find yourself exploring 12 paved miles along the Santa Ana River on the Santa Ana River Trail. This famed stretch is ideal for those individuals looking to bike or run long distances– think marathon or triathlon training. The trail links inland neighborhoods to the beach, and the diverse change of scenery is a great compliment to the lengthy distance. Keep yourself busy and check out all the cool spots along the path. If you choose to walk the trail, consider making a day out of it. Breakfast in the suburbs and lunch by the beach, all without having to step foot in the car!