Peter’s Canyon Hike

Today we went to a popular hiking route in Irvine called the Peters Canyon Trail located in Peters Canyon Regional Park.  We were accompanied by two of our friends Kyle Deneau and Iris Mendoza.  There are a few routes available but for this hike we chose the 6-mile loop that takes you to the lake and back.

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With only a few hills to climb up and down, this is a relatively easy hike for you and your dog.  Like the previous hike we reviewed, this hike has few trees and a lot of sun so we recommend you hike during the morning or evening hours for the safety of you and your dogs.  The entrance we chose for this hike is located on Peters Canyon Road.  You can either park on the side of the road or the Peters Canyon Child Development Center parking lot.  The entrance to the hike is through a white closed gate that you can either step through or squeeze through the side of it.

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Once you are past the gate you will walk down a paved road until you get to the trailhead.  At this point you can either go left or right.  If you are a novice and want to avoid all of the challenging hills you can go left.  If you want more of a challenging workout go to the right.  We chose to go right.

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The first 2 miles of the hike are by far the most challenging. There are a lot of hills and valleys that will definitely get your blood pumping.  After the 2nd mile the rest of the hike is pretty easy and on level ground.  If you follow the route we took you will arrive at the other entrance to the trail a little after the third mile.  There are restrooms if needed, and more importantly water fountains for you and a special one for your dog that is operated with a foot pedal.  This is a great place to take a quick break if needed.

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We then had the option to either hike the rest of the way around the lake, which would add about 2 miles to the total trip or loop back around and go back the way you came.  Because we were a little limited on time and the dogs were getting tired we decided to take the shorter route.  As we headed back we were again presented with the same option as before take the harder hills again and backtrack the way we came, or take the easier route.  This time we took the easier route, which was a faster option.  During the hike, you will see a variety of plant and animal life.  If you are a bird watcher, there are supposed to be a lot of different species to view if you can keep a close eye out during the hike (and if your dog doesn’t scare them away :)).  Overall this was a moderately scenic hike.  The trail stays pretty close to housing for the most part so if you are looking for a secluded civilization free hike, this is definitely not it.  Because of its central location you will be passing other hikers, bikers, and runners every few minutes.  I like this hike specifically because you have different options to take depending on your fitness level and how long you want to be on the trail.  There are hiking routes as short as 2 miles and as long as 8.  If you would like to get more information about this area here is the park’s website: Peters Canyon Regional Park.  We will be trying to squeeze one more hike review into March, so stay tuned for more!  If you have any hikes you would like to post yourself, or hikes you would like to see us review, please feel free to contact me 🙂 http://www.facebook.com/ocbarkyard.  Here are a few more pictures of today’s hike for your enjoyment….

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