The best hiking trails in Southern California with kids

One of the best things about Southern California: the weather! There are so many awesome hiking trails in Southern California, which means getting out and enjoying this gorgeous area year-round. There is something so magical about being out in the open with the people you love. The conversation just flows freely when you're able to relax and chat as you walk! Today we're sharing some of our family's favorite spots for kid-friendly hiking around Orange County with little ones. 

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Scripps Coastal Reserve

There's a hike down at Scripps Coastal Reserve in La Jolla with unreal views of the ocean, especially if you make it at sunset. There are beautiful flowers to stop and smell all along the way, making it both entertaining and beautiful for the whole family.

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Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

One perfect hike for families is Sunset Cliffs Natural Park in San Diego. This hike is great for kids because you can make it as short or as long as you would like–and if you have kiddos, you know that this is important! The actual trail is about three miles, but you can park near the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park sign and go from there. There are tons of caves to explore, tide pools, and stretches of beach to hang out on. Biggest bonus: the views of the ocean are insanely pretty!!

Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach may not totally counts as a “hike,” but it's stroller friendly! It is a really good flat walk so it's an easy one for the littles. There are tons of cool birds and you might even spot a few stingrays in the marsh!

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Monrovia Canyon

If you love hikes in the mountains, you can't really go wrong in the San Gabriel Mountains. Monrovia Canyon is a perfect family hike, because it's another one that can easily be adjusted based on the age of the hikers. It is a beautiful shady hike that goes over streams and through shady groves and there is a waterfall! But keep in mind, it is not a stroller friendly hike.

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Crystal Cove State Park

Crystal Cove State Park is three miles of amazing! You get gorgeous views of the coast, wooded canyons, and sandy coves. It's one of our most favorite spots in all of Southern California!

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Time to explore!

There is so much to explore! We hope this list of hiking trails in Southern California gives you a great start when you're planning time outside with the whole family. Make sure to check out some of these hikes if you ever find yourself here! And don't forget to check out our local's guide for ALL the best things to do in Orange County!

Corrine Stokoe

Corrine Stokoe is a blogger, podcaster and content creator behind the brand Mint Arrow. She and her husband Neil live in South Orange County with their 3 little girls (and soon to be baby boy!) and run a blog and business with 8 total team members, where they find the best daily deals and share favorite finds in fashion and beauty. They also run a podcast called Mint Arrow Messages. Mint Arrow has been featured in Forbes, Women's Wear Daily, Business Insider, The Wall Street Journal, AdWeek and Allure. Corrine is passionate about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ as often as she can and teaching others to use social media for good.

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