United States

Anaheim, CA

A Guide to running in Anaheim and the Orange County Area

Wikimedia Commons

Anaheim is the largest city in Orange County and home to Disneyland, a major convention center, and professional hockey and baseball teams. The area near those highly visited spots is not great for running — the streets are busy and populated by hotels, chain restaurants, and strip malls. But there are a couple of good options for running in Anaheim, and even more in the hills east of the city. In the larger Orange County area, there are some wonderful trails and parks, and some gorgeous running options in the coastal areas nearby.

The best places to run in Anaheim are Mile Square Park and the Colony Historic District right in the center. Ten miles east, the Anaheim Hills area has some great residential streets and several gorgeous parks for running. The Santa Ana River Trail passes through Anaheim on its way to the coast. For some fantastic running in interior Orange County, and coastal areas such as Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, and Laguna Niguel, see our separate guide.

Running Guide – Orange County

Editor's Picks

Some of our favorite runs in Anaheim, CA

See All Routes
  • All Routes
  • Iconic Routes
  • Weather & Climate
  • Where To Stay
  • Stores & Group Runs
  • Events

Mile Square Park

Anaheim, CA

This 670 acre park is one of the best spots to run near Anaheim/Disney. It's 1 mile along each side of the park. Or, enjoy some of the interior trails. There are lakes, golf courses, nature trails, recreational fields, and more.

Orange County climate is southern California delightful. Mild to warm and fairly sunny year-round. Irvine’s climate is similar to that of Los Angeles. Average high temps in summer are in the low 80s, but the climate is dry and nights cool off. In winter, daytime high temps average in the mid-60s (18C), and nights can dip into the 40s. Most of the area’s rain falls in the winter months.

There are micro-climates in the region due to the ocean influence. In Newport Beach, average high temperatures in summer are 10 degrees colder than inland, but nights stay milder. It can also be cloudy and foggy on the coast.

This is a major tourist and business destination, so there’s a huge choice of hotels. If you’re visiting Disney or the Convention Center and want to walk out your door to go for a run, we recommend staying within proximity to the Santa Ana River Trail, Mile Square Park, or the downtown historic district. Or, stay in the prettier Anaheim Hills area just east of the city, where there are some great running options. More broadly, see our Orange County running guide.

Running Stores

There are some great indy running stores in the area, some with active group running calendars.

Road Runner Sports. Iconic chain of running stores with locations in Costa Mesa, Laguna Hills, Newbury Park, Studio City, Santa Monica, and Torrance.

A Snail’s Pace. Locations in Mission Viejo, Fountain Valley, Brea, and Monrovia. Group Runs. This calendar has a list of their run club by location.

Fleet Feet. Laguna Niguel. Group Runs: Saturday morning run 7am, Dana Point Harbor; Tuesday nights 6pm from the store along Salt Creek Bike path; Trail run last Sunday of every month.

Looking for road or trail races in this area? Find them on RaceRaves, the best online race calendar and reviews community for runners!

Find races in Anaheim, CA