Lake View Loop (dayhike)

Trip Date: 2/5/2014

Location: Peters Canyon Regional Park


Trails: OC Parks map, PDF map

Directions: From California Hwy. 241 (toll-road) take the Santiago Canyon Rd. exit and head west about a mile to an intersection with Jamboree Rd. Turn left onto Jamboree and drive the short distance to Canyon View Ave. Turn right onto Canyon View and move into the left lane in preparation for turning left into the entrance for Peters Canyon Regional Park.

Trail sequence: Lake View trail / Cactus Point trail / Lake View / Peters Canyon trail / Lake View

Type: Loop

Distance: 2.5 miles

Elevation: Min. - 508', Max. - 626'


Rating: Easy (factors: heat)

Synopsis: This is a short hike around Peters Canyon Reservoir. Although the lake level was low at the time of our trip there still seems to be plenty of bird life in the area. There is one very short steep climb and another fairly steep descent, but overall the hike is not particularly demanding. 


Lake View Loop - Peters Canyon Regional Park

Turn by Turn:

  -- Find the trailhead at the west side of the parking lot and head out as the path zigzags at first, then settles on following the lakeside.

  -- Ignore side trail like Skylark as you work your way around the southwest side of the reservoir. Then, as you're heading southeast along a fence line keep and eye out for Cactus Point rail leading off to the northeast. Take Cactus Point trail and follow it as it climbs, then work back toward Lake View trail. Turn left (southeast) on Lake View trail.

  -- Soon the path descends sharply for a few yards before crossing at the base of the dam. The path then meets Peters Canyon trail. Turn left onto Peters Canyon trail to continue the circumnavigation of the lake.

  -- Follow Peters Canyon as it eventually becomes Lake View trail once again and turns left at the intersection of the roads. Continue on Lake View trail back to the parking lot.