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El Modena Open Space Trail

Intermediate

Trail

1.4 mile 2.2 kilometer point to point
78% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 432' 132 m
Descent: -357' -109 m
High: 803' 245 m
Low: 426' 130 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 47% (25°)

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Enjoy terrific views of north Orange County, including the ocean and Catalina Island on a clear day.

Jim B.

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Description

This trail features terrific views of north Orange County, from Newport Beach to Long Beach. See if you can spot Disneyland, Angels Stadium, and on a clear day, downtown Los Angeles, the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Mt Baldy and much of the San Gabriel Mountains.

The trail starts as a sandy path popular with dog walkers, then climbs up a rough, rocky stretch to the first of three hilltops.

Once up top, the alternating singletrack and wide sandy path follows the rolling hills for the rest of the run, up to the top of the final hilltop. Bonus points if you can find the USGS 1932 marker at the top, although I think the local hoodlums have since defaced the marker.

On the return, you can choose to follow the singletrack back, or your can take the nearby North Cameron St. Bike Path, which offers an easier route home.

Flora & Fauna

Red-tailed hawks are often seen riding the air currents flowing up the hillsides. Lots of pear cactus and sagebrush.

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Jun 2, 2018
deebo rock
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Apr 28, 2018
Erin Morrissey
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Orange County
Feb 1, 2018 near North T…, CA
Looking southwest toward Huntington Beach, you can see Santa Catalina Island on the left. The hill on the right is the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
Mar 7, 2017 near North T…, CA
From the trail, look west to experience pleasant views of Los Angeles. You can just make out the Honda Center's white roof and Angel Stadium.
Mar 7, 2017 near North T…, CA
Looking south, enjoy views of Newport Beach with Santa Catalina Island on the right.
Mar 7, 2017 near North T…, CA

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