Peter's Canyon

Tustin, CA
Length: Varies
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

Peter’s Canyon is a large Regional Park with a variety of trails.  The trailhead in this guide connects to all trails in the park, so the trails can be combined with others for a shorter or longer/more strenuous hike. Due to a wildfire in fall of 2018, some trails may still be closed. Check here for trail closures:

For a short/flat hike, 1-5 miles out-and-back (excellent for strollers): From the street parking, continue along Peter’s Canyon road until it dead ends. Follow the trail until it also ends at a gate. Continue right, past the gate. At the base of the hill are portable potties and trash cans. Turn left onto Peter’s Canyon trail and follow it for as short or long as you like, returning the way you came. For a 4 mile hike, follow this trail all the way to the beginning of the Reservoir (for views of the water or desert-like dried lake bed, depending on the time of year/rainfall averages) and back. Along this trail is non-stroller friendly adventurous offshoot on the left called Peter’s Canyon Nature trail. It includes stairs, a bridge, and winds back and forth (fun for toddlers).

Moderately strenuous hike, 4 mile Lollipop: This hike follows the ridgeline of Peter’s Canyon and can be done with the same amount of difficulty in either direction. Starting at the street parking area, continue along Peter’s Canyon road until it dead ends. Follow the trail until it also ends at a gate. Continue right, past the gate. At the base of the hill are portable potties and trash cans. From here you have the option of starting with the flat trail or heading for the hills. If you’re baby carrying, I recommend heading uphill on the Eucalyptus trail (to the right of the porta potties). On the other side of the hill, this trail morphs into Ridgeview trail, which does its best to mimic the up and downs of a rollercoaster. Continue on this trail until you reach the 2nd left-hand trail spur called Gnatcatcher; this trail has a more gradual decline than if you were to continue on Ridgeview trail. At the end of Gnatcatcher, turn left onto Peter’s Canyon trail to return to the start of the loop.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Carrier needed No
Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Lake, Viewpoint, and Wildlife Viewing

Varied terrain (either flat or hills) with views of the Reservoir and wildflowers.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

This trailhead has street parking, so there is no fee.

The regular parking lot has a fee of $3.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

My name is Nicole Dominick, and I’ve been hiking with Hike it Baby since May 2016 with my daughter. She is now 3 years old and has hiked over 400 miles! She has been carried for most of those miles, but we enjoy every journey. We were both born and raised in Southern CA but recently moved to Colorado Springs, CO.


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Getting There

For this trail head: You can use the address 10905 Osterman Ave, Tustin, CA 92782 to reach the street parking area.

About The Guide

Hike it Baby Family Trail Guide is an online resource to help families with children source trails that little legs can hike and parents can feel comfortable with. Hike details are sourced and have been hiked by families who participate in our community. Our contributors do their best to give you all the details they can, but if something is missed, you can reach out to the contributor and offer suggestions for them to add to make it a better trail description for all. This guide was built with a generous 3-year partnership with L.L Bean. Like Hike it Baby, L.L Bean believes that helping get families into nature from birth on is key to healthier, happier communities.