Hike 1: Weir Canyon Walk-About

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Weir Canyon Trail

3.8 miles
Parking: Free street parking

Early Saturday morning greeted us with some beautiful spring rain.  The roads were damped and giving that perfect movie time reflection.  I packed up my REI Traverse 28 pack and hopped in Vanson and headed to the beautiful Weir Canyon Loop.

Heading down Villa Park Drive.

This trail, located in Anahiem, is tucked away in the Hidden Valley Estates on some back road off the 55 freeway.  It felt odd driving through the estates, behind ironed fences, this is a great little piece of heaven.  Theres three stalls for parking on the left as you get to the trailhead or street parking on the right.  Grab a spot, take a smoke and throw on your pack.  It’s trail time.

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The scene was set right from the start.

When you approach the trailhead there are two trails you’ll see.  This route is the trail to the left, past the trail board.  Head right on through and keep on going.

Saturday morning I was greeted with really amazing light despite the mist and rain.  The flowers were in bloom from the winter’s rain and recent storms.  The grass was a beautiful green that looked so lush under the dancing bits of light.  The trail was a bit muddy but nothing some boots couldn’t walk through.

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The weather was perfect, clouds coming in and out over the hills, letting the sun come through at just right moments.  The Air was cool and crisp.  Never needing more than a hoodie.  The trail itself keeps your interest with twists and turns, some ups and downs but nothing no one in moderate shape couldn’t handle.

Beside the amazing vistas, the plant growth was worth taking your time for.  Wild grasses, California Poppy, and white Morning Glories.  Rain drops hanging from petals and leaves like diamonds.  Everything smelled so fresh and new.

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The only time you see any signs of homes are at the beginning of the trail and at the turn around point in the loop, other than that you feel completely alone with nature.

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One of the cooler things about the trail, and something you’ll only catch in spring, is the tunnels of flowers that are blooming through out the trail.  Taller than me, which isn’t tall cause I’m a towering 5’2″, these flowers paint the air with a sweet, natural perfume.

On the trail however I did run into a bit of wildlife so scary I just didn’t know what to do.  The most ferocious of creatures….



The snail.

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Besides this guy there was a section (marked by the yellow dot as Toadie Pass) where baby toads were jumping around like crazy so watch your step for the little guys.

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Check out my trip on AllTrails right here.  You can see all my info for the hike, photos, and even download my walking path to your GPS.

Overall, this is a really fun trail that should be marked off any local’s trail list.

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