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The Best Backpacking in Irvine

Looking for the best backpacking in Irvine? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Irvine. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Irvine

  • Newport Beach, California

    Pacific Ridge, Moro Canyon and Boomer Ridge Trail Loop

    9.96 mi / 1138 ft gain
    Pacific Ridge, Moro Canyon and Boomer Ridge Trail Loop is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Newport Coast, California.
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  • Laguna Beach, California

    El Moro Canyon to Moro Ridge Loop

    8.09 mi / 1050 ft gain
    El Moro Canyon to Moro Ridge Loop is a loop trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Laguna Beach, California.
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  • Laguna Beach, California

    Big Bend Trail to Old Emerald Trail to Upper Moro Campground

    7.83 mi / 1755 ft gain
    Big Bend Trail to Old Emerald Trail to Upper Moro Campground is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Laguna Beach, California.
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  • Silverado, California

    Pleasants Peak via North Main Divide Traverse

    12.06 mi / 3383 ft gain
    Pleasants Peak via North Main Divide Traverse is a point-to-point trail where you may see wildflowers located near Silverado, California.
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  • Lake Elsinore, California

    San Juan Trail to Los Pinos Trail Loop

    21.79 mi / 5341 ft gain
    San Juan Trail to Los Pinos Trail Loop is a loop trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Trabuco Canyon, California.
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  • Lake Elsinore, California

    Chiquito Trail to Chiquito Falls

    8.62 mi / 1598 ft gain
    Chiquito Trail to Chiquito Falls is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Lake Elsinore, California.
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  • Lake Elsinore, California

    Hike Bear Canyon Trail to Sitton Peak

    6.4 mi / 2200 ft gain
    A MUST hike for any orange country resident! The hike starts of off Ortega HWY 74 at the Bear Canyon Trail head on the same side of the road as the Ortega oaks candy store. Its recommended you park in the lot across the street from the trail head (tip:there is a working water spicket in the parki...
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  • Lake Elsinore, California

    Hike Sitton Peak

    10 mi / 2037 ft gain
    It's amazing what you can find in your own backyard if you really do you research. In Orange County there are so many awesome hiking options that are often overlooked. The Bear Canyon to Sitton Peak Trail in the San Mateo Wilderness is one of those. Sitton tops out at 3,273 feet and it's a 5 mil...
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  • Murrieta, California

    Fisherman's Camp Loop and Tenaja Falls

    6.8 mi / 1017 ft gain
    Fisherman's Camp Loop and Tenaja Falls is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Lake Elsinore, California.
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  • Sierra Madre, California

    Mount Wilson Loop to Mount Yale and Jones Peak

    19.53 mi / 7759 ft gain
    Mount Wilson Loop to Mount Yale and Jones Peak is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Sierra Madre, California.
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  • Sierra Madre, California

    Manzanita Ridge via Mt. Wilson Trail

    9.53 mi / 3796 ft gain
    Manzanita Ridge via Mt. Wilson Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Sierra Madre, California.
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  • Avalon, California

    Trans-Catalina Trail to Hermit Gulch Campground

    8.22 mi / 2031 ft gain
    Trans-Catalina Trail to Hermit Gulch Campground is a point-to-point trail where you may see local wildlife located near Avalon, California.
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  • Avalon, California

    Trans-Catalina Trail: Avalon to Black Jack Camp

    14.02 mi / 3415 ft gain
    Trans-Catalina Trail: Avalon to Black Jack Camp is a point-to-point trail where you may see wildflowers located near Avalon, California.
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  • Avalon, California

    Trans-Catalina Trail

    5.0
    37.67 mi / 8189 ft gain
    This adventure is a great way to see the entire island of Santa Catalina. Catalina Island is situated less than 30 miles off the coast of Southern California, and can be reached by ferry from Dana Point, San Pedro, or Long Beach. Catalina Express in the company that operates the ferry. This adve...
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  • Arcadia, California

    Mount Zion via Sturtevant and Lower Winter Creek Trail Loop

    8.18 mi / 2671 ft gain
    Mount Zion via Sturtevant and Lower Winter Creek Trail Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Sierra Madre, California.
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  • Altadena, California

    Eaton Canyon to Idlehour

    4.2
    10.99 mi / 3291 ft gain
    Idlehour is nestled deep in the Angeles National Forest, so it feels like you're in the heart of some untapped wilderness instead of six miles away from a bustling metropolis. The trail camp is accessible by foot through a variety of locations, but the most popular route is through Eaton Canyon, ...
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