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The final uphill portion on the Car Wreck trail in Laguna Beach. (Niko LaBarbera/Lariat)

The final uphill portion on the Car Wreck trail in Laguna Beach. (Niko LaBarbera/Lariat)

 With winter quickly approaching, hiking trails across the country will lie dormant.  This however does not apply to the rather moderate climate of Southern California.  With current temperatures peaking in the mid to upper 60s and sunshine abundant, local hiking trails may remain as populated as the summer months when then the weather soars into the 80s, 90s and above.
 The greater Mission Viejo area has a density of mountains and coastline oozing with trails to appease anyone searching for some fresh air and exercise.  The trails range in distance and difficulty level, from flat coastline walks to jogging or mountain biking up steep inclines there is something for everyone.
While coastline trails are in populated areas because of their location, offer a stunning view of the sunset at the waters edge.  Wilderness trails temporarily detour our senses from the hustle and bustle of the city and excrete a natural feeling as the environment gives a unique sense of vulnerability.
Listed below are wilderness and coastline trails that are located in the greater Southern California area usually accessible year round.   These trails feature different geographical features, from plant variety to rivers and waterfalls, the choice is yours.
     Ocean Views
 
1.    The Green Route in Crystal Cove State Park – Laguna Beach
2.    Car Wreck Trail – Top of the World – Laguna Beach 
3.    Headlands Trail – Nature Preserve Center – Dana Point
4.    San Clemente Beach trial – San Clemente 
5.    Badlands Park and South Laguna Coast – Laguna Beach
 
  Wilderness Trails
 
1.    Holy Jim Falls – Trabuco Canyon – Rancho Santa Margarita
2.    Black Star Falls – Santa Ana Mountains
3.    Whiting Ranch – Foothill Ranch 
4.    Casper’s Wilderness Park – Cleveland National Forest 
5.     Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park – Aliso Viejo – Laguna Beach
6.    Irvine Ranch Open Space Trails – Irvine
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