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Event Name Let's Go Hiking in Peter's Canyon!
Event Date/Time 1/23/2005 from N/A to N/A
Location in ORANGE, CA
Event Type Backpacking, Hiking, Camping
Event Description

After the Urban Hike, I'm definitely going to need to get out and purge the poison of the weekend from my body, so join me for a real hike in Peter's Canyon!

Peters Canyon Regional Park offers a unique blend of native habitat and man's influence on the land. The park encompasses 354 acres of coastal sage scrub, riparian, freshwater marsh and grassland habitats. The 55-acre Upper Peters Canyon Reservoir is home to many resident and migrating waterfowl. Willows, sycamores and black cottonwoods line the lake and Peters Canyon Creek which meanders through the canyon.

The park offers a variety of trails providing opportunities for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. The East Ridge View Trail provides a panoramic view of Peters Canyon and the surrounding area. Visitors can enjoy the beauty of Upper Peters Canyon reservoir while traversing the Lake View Trail. Peters Canyon Creek Nature Trail guides hikers through lush groves of willows and rare black cottonwoods supported by a running creek. Visitors will encounter the park's grassland, coastal sage scrub and riparian habitats as well as eucalyptus groves on the Lower Canyon Trail.

The wildlife population includes mule deer, bobcats, coyotes, opossums, raccoons and an occasional mountain lion. Many smaller amphibians, mammals and reptiles abound, attracted by the lure of Peters Canyon Reservoir and Creek. Cactus wrens, gnatcatchers and rufous-crowned sparrows may be found in the park's coastal sage scrub and grassland communities. The eucalyptus groves are home to Cooper's, red-tail and red-shouldered hawks that can be seen patrolling the skies for unwary prey.

Logs hanging over a stream at Peters Canyon Park.

I believe the hike is about 7 miles total.  Not too easy, not too hard, just right!  Beginners are welcome, but please no whining (until we're finished).  If it's too much, you can always turn back, no big deal.

Peter's Canyon is located at 8548 E. Canyon View Avenue, in Orange.  To get there, take the 5 freeway, get off on Jamboree and go North toward Tustin.  A few miles up the road you'll turn left on Canyon View and then another left into the parking lot.  We'll meet at the map at 9:30 a.m.

See ya then!