For my first blog post, I will talk about venturing off campus to Santiago Oaks Regional Park.
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
2145 N. Windes Drive, Orange, CA 92869
(714) 973-6620 or (714) 973-6622
Coming from Vermont, a state covered in gorgeous mountains and forests, it was a huge change to go to school in Orange where I wasn’t sure a single forest existed. Upon spending more time here and venturing off campus, I’ve discovered multiple places to hike, mountain bike and explore nearby scenery. One of the first places my friends and I went was Santiago Oaks Regional Park.
Things to do:
- Mountain biking
- Horseback riding
There are many different trails with varying difficulties, lengths and options for biking, hiking or horseback riding. I don’t remember the trails I took when I went because I took a few different ones, but I did go to the scenic overlook. There is a symbol on the map with binoculars which shows where the scenic overlooks are, and the one I went to was where the Grasshopper and Sage Ridge trails intersect. I highly recommend going at sunset.
- Costs $3 to park on weekdays and $5 on weekends
- Open from 7 a.m. to sunset
- Occasionally closes for up to three days after rain
It was so refreshing to get off campus and experience another part of Orange that I might not have known about if I didn’t have friends who love the outdoors as much as I do. Once I realized that Orange wasn’t just made up of the Plaza or Tustin Street, I was inspired to find more hidden gems. Check back for more new places to explore!