With more than 3 million residents crammed into 790 square miles, its’s hard not to envision Orange County, Calif., as an endless sea of development. To be sure, there’s plenty of it—the perfect weather and proximity to the ocean certainly puts a huge demand on the land. But Orange County’s varied terrain and forward-thinking planners left plenty of untamed wilderness, webbed with trails, ready for runners to explore.
One of the favorites in Orange County is Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, an expansive escape that borders five different cities—Laguna Beach, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills and Dana Point—while managing to provide serenity from all of them. After prolonged periods of time among Southern California’s sea of people, an exploration of this park offers plenty of rejuvenation and escape—and plenty of great trail running. Scroll through the images below to get a glimpse of the trail running opportunities inside the park.
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