Top 5 hikes to keep cool as summer heats up — and how to stay safe – Orange County Register

Forever views from the mountains to the sea, wildflowers in abundance, green grasses that we haven’t seen in years.

With the official start of summer just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to explore our county that just happens to be at its best after the storms of winter.

Below we offer five great hikes — walks if you prefer. But stepping out also means choosing where and when to go to minimize heat and maximize shade.

There aren’t too many places in Orange County that offer both cool ocean breezes and big trees, so be sure to add timing to the mix. My skin cancer doctor advises avoiding exposure during peak UV hours, from about 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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