Santa Ana, California, is a beautiful place. There are so many ways to interact with that beauty directly, from museums to zoos, parks to shops, and more.

While we love getting close and personal with the sites, there’s just something special about viewing that beauty from above. Here are three places with the best views in Santa Ana. Check them out!


Peters Canyon

Peters Canyon Loop Trail leads to one of the best views in Santa Ana. Just 25 minutes away from us at California Palms Apartments, the trail is 5.9 miles long with a 623-foot elevation gain. Along the way, you’ll see wildflowers, a lake, and lots of greenery. Just follow I-5 S and Tustin Ranch Road to Pioneer Way in Tustin. That will lead to Peters Canyon Road and the trail head.


San Juan Loop Trail

The San Juan Loop Trail is an easy-to-moderate 2.5-mile hike that takes about an hour and a half. Once you make it up to the highest point, there is a great view of the basin below! Along the way, you’ll see seasonal waterfalls and a beautiful old-growth oak forest. If you want more of a challenge, you can branch off onto Chiquito Trail and follow San Juan Creek to Ortega Falls. Hop on I-5 S and CA-74/Ortega Hwy. to Riverside County. That’ll take you to the Trail Head Parking Lot in Lake Elsinore


Quail Hill Trail

Quail Hill Trail is an easy two-mile hike with a total ascent of 164 feet, offering expansive views of the valley and Saddleback Mountain in the distance. It’s a great one for families, with bathrooms and a cell phone audio guide for the wildlife you’ll encounter—like roadrunners and quail. The trail is dirt packed, so you can use a jogging stroller if needed. To get there, head onto I-405 N and take exit 3 onto Sand Canyon Ave. and then onto Shady Canyon Drive.


There you have it—some of the best views in Santa Ana. Hike up Peters Canyon, San Juan Loop Trail, or Quail Hill Trail for some beautiful sights you won’t forget! Once you experience these gorgeous hikes, we’re sure you’ll fall in love with Santa Ana! When you do, consider moving to California Palms Apartments

California Palms Apartments offers studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments for rent in Santa Ana, California.