Fall In Love In Nature: Most Romantic Hikes in Orange County

Looking to get fit and spend more time with your partner this year? The perfect solution is to check out the most romantic hikes in Orange County, California. The Golden State offers thousands of miles of hiking trails, many of which are found along the Orange County coastline. Please note that some trails may be closed for various reasons including rain, mudslides, or fire danger; so be sure to check their website or call the park rangers before you go. Check out our list of the top 5 most romantic hikes in Orange County.

Top 5 Most Romantic Hikes in Orange County:


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Top of the World, Laguna Beach
Known as one of the most scenic viewpoints in Orange County, Top of the World is a hidden trail nestled in Laguna Beach. Get more information including full trail descriptions here. Top of the World is a popular place to propose for those lovebirds ready to take the next step.

Where: Alta Laguna Park
Fees: Free
Trail length: 5-6 miles, about 2.5 hours
Dog Friendly? Yes


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Holy Jim Falls Trail, Trabuco Canyon
Found deep in Trabuco Canyon as part of the Cleveland National Forest, Holy Jim Falls Trail is the most beautiful when the waterfall is full in the fall/winter or after a good rain shower. This trail is very popular for lovers, especially since it features dozens of small creeks to explore along the way. Be sure to watch for poison oak! The Holy Jim Falls themselves are about 20 feet high.

Where: Trabuco Creek Road Trailhead
Fees: Day Use Pass required to park
Trail length: 2.8 miles
Dog Friendly? Yes


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Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Huntington Beach
A great place to see local wildlife, the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is a popular spot because it's good for all skill levels. Birdwatchers will revel in the huge variety of birds nesting in this area and photographers will adore the many photo opps along the way.

Where: Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
Fees: Free
Trail length: 3-4 miles
Dog Friendly? No

Oak Canyon Nature Center, Anaheim Hills
A great spot for families and lovers alike, Oak Canyon offers a loop trail with a few trails running off of it. The guided path provides help to those who didn't bring a compass, so feel free to explore it yourself! There is a map available (for a fee) for those who don't trust their instincts.

Where: Oak Canyon Nature Center
Fees: Free
Trail length: 3-4 miles
Dog Friendly? No

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San Onofre Beach Bluff Trails, San Clemente
Located near the Marine base Camp Pendleton, San Onofre offers X trails to explore. Many trails wind down to the beautiful but rocky beach below. This trail offers beautiful 360 degree views of the coastline. Amenities like restrooms, benches, picnic tables, and fire pits make this trail very friendly to those who crave creature comforts. Get more information on San Onofre here.

Where: San Onofre State Beach, Southeast side
Fees: Day Use Pass required to park
Trail length: 5.6 miles- Trail 1 to Trail 6
Dog Friendly? Yes

Have you been on any of these hikes? Are there any other romantic spots you would recommend?

Aimee Engebretson is an Orange County native and strives to go for a new hike at least once a month. Her favorite place to hike is Top of the World in Laguna Beach.