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If you’re looking to trade your shopping or dining out habit for an active adventure, Peters Canyon Regional Park is for you. The park is located a few short miles past the Tustin Shopping Center and features over 340 acres of plants, trails, and freshwater march. In fact, the 55-acre Upper Peters Canyon Reservoir is home to local bird life, including the waterfowl.

The land was originally part of the Rancho Lomas De Santiago and purchased by James Irvine in 1897. Mr. Irvine leased out the land to several farmers in the area, including James Peter, who farmed the upper part of the canyon. In 1931 and 1940, two reservoirs were built in the area to help support the Irvine Ranch.

Due to its wide dirt trails, Peters Canyon is a popular destination for hikers, trail runners, mountain bikers, and even equestrian riders. We didn’t see any horses on our adventure, but we did see some evidence that a few had ridden through the area.

Peters Canyon is open 7AM – sunset, everyday.

Length: 5 miles, trail loop.


From a few challenging uphill sections to scenic views of the Tustin and Irvine hills, the Peters Canyon features diverse landscape and terrain for any hiking enthusiasts. We enjoyed how the trail looped in a 5-mile circle and was easy to access from anywhere in Orange County, CA

Peters Canyon Regional Park  – Tustin Hike Trail Map:

View Peters Canyon Regional Park – Hiking Trail in a larger map

Directions to Peters Canyon Regional Park (address for GPS): 11385 Pioneer Rd, Tustin, CA

From the San Diego Area:

  • 1-5 N toward Los Angeles
  • Take the Red Hill Ave
  • Turn Left on Irvine Bvd
  • Turn right onto Newport Ave
  • Turn right onto Cowan Heights Dr
  • Slight right onto Overhill Dr. 
  • Take the 3rd left to stay on Overhill Dr

From the Orange County/ Los Angeles Area:

  • 1-5 South to the CA-22 East
  • Take the Tustin Ave Eit
  • Turn right onto N. Tustin Ave
  • Turn left onto Fairhaven Ave
  • Turn right onto Old Foothill Blvd
  • Turn left onto Foothill lvd
  • Turn left onto Newport Blvd
  • Turn right onto Cowan Heights Dr. 
  • Slight right onto Overhill Dr. 
  • Take the 3rd left to stay on Overhill Dr.
Where to Park: There
is a free street parking at the Cedar Grove Park parking lot.
When to Go: Year-Round: Due its mild climate and easy of accessibility, it’s possible enjoy  Peters Canyon year-round.
How it Looks:  
Start of a Trail Run at Peters Canyon Park
Peters Canyon Trail. A popular destination for Orange County Hikers & Trail Runners
Dog Friendly: Yes,dogs are allowed on leashes.
Intensity Levels: 
  • Barry-the-Bear: “Challenging uphills! We completed the 5 mile loop, but it was challenging. Luckily, we could relax at the Tustin Shopping Center after for so much needed food and beverages!”
  • Larry-the-Lion: “Very beautiful! I have lived in the area for over 40 years and didn’t know this park existed! Thank you Go HIke It team for sharing this adventure!”
  • Chris-the-Cheetah: “Loved it! This was a great workout! I was even tempted to wear a weight vest. I look forward to trying one of the Renegade Summer Trail Runs here!

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