It’s relatively easy to map walking routes for stroller walks around lakes in OC, if you have the right tools.
I create my own personal routes on MapMyWalk.com to learn distances. I can set the app to map my walk as I’m walking OR I can select routes ahead of time and keep them in my own personal library. I don’t even have to have a SmartPhone to do this, I can sign in to the website and map walks with markers while sitting at my desktop.
- Go to “Create Route” and type in the park you want to map
- A “Distance” window will pop up on the map.
- De-select the button that says “Auto Follow Roads” – otherwise it will keep bouncing your markers off the sidewalks to the nearest street
- Proceed to map your route and calculate the distance
- You can save your routes, but pay attention to all the privacy notices (private, friends, public)
Lake Mission Viejo
Distance = 3.2 miles
Route around Lake Mission Viejo
Rancho Santa Margarita Lake (Private Lake for RSM Residents only)
Distance = 1 mile
Route around Rancho Santa Margarita Lake
Woodbridge Lake (North Lake in front of Ruby’s in Irvine)
Distance = 1 mile
Route around Woodbridge Lake
Heritage Park Lake in Irvine – Lake Loops
Distance of Lake Loop = .22 miles Route around Heritage Park Lake in Irvine
Distance of Longer Loop = .57 miles Route around Heritage Park Longer Loop
More info about Heritage Park Irvine
Mile Square Regional Park (2 lakes) Fountain Valley – Pay entrance fee
Combine any of the routes to make for a longer walk.
Small Lake Loop = .31 miles Route for Small Lake Loop
Palm Island Lake Loop = .57 miles Route for Palm Island Lake Loop
Walk from Lake-to-Lake = 2.7 miles (out and back) Route for Lake-to-Lake Route
More info on Mile Square Regional Park
Walnut Canyon Reservoir Loop Anaheim
Distance = 2.1 miles Route around Reservoir
Craig Regional Park Fullerton – Pay entrance fee
Distance = 1.38 miles (Route for Loop around Craig Regional Park)
More info about Craig Regional Park
More routes to be added soon:
- Clark Regional Park (Buena Park)
- Carbon Canyon Regional Park (Brea)
- Irvine Regional Park (Orange)
- Mason Regional Park (Irvine)
We like to walk and take slow nature hikes, but I’m not the expert. Check out these five SoCal walkers/hikers/explorers for even more measurements and details:
What tools do you use? Or do you just get out there and walk for fun?