Introduction to Lake Forest, California
Lake Forest is a California city located in Orange County's Saddleback Valley, about 20 miles southeast of Anaheim and 45 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The city is bisected by Interstate I-5 and is also near Interstate I-405 and California State Highways 73 and 133. The Orange County Airport is only minutes away. Nearby communities include Mission Viejo (to the east), Laguna Niguel (to the south), and Irvine (to the northwest).
The area once known as El Toro was a growing agricultural community for much of the 20th century until residential, commercial and industrial development began to replace the farmland following World War II. When Occidental Petroleum decided to create a master-planned community in the 1960s around the area's abundant trees and man-made lakes, development ensued and the community was named Lake Forest owing to the numerous eucalyptus trees which provided landscaping for its new modern homes. In 1991 Lake Forest was incorporated as a city, with residents voting to invoke the name of the planned community as the new city's name.
Lake Forest Points of Interest
Lake Forest is home to a number of outdoor sites offering diversions of both a recreational and cultural nature. Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park offers around 1,500 acres of woodlands usable for mountain biking, hiking, and many other forms of outdoor recreation. The Aliso Creek Trail follows a scenic fifteen-plus mile course from Lake Forest to its neighboring city of Laguna Niguel. Serrano Creek Community Park, originally created as an equestrian park for horses owned by local residents, is now an ideal place for hiking, biking, or picnicking. At the southern end of this park is Heritage Hill Historical Park, whose historic buildings reflect a cross-section of Saddleback Valley history. Visitors to Lake Forest also have the luxury of meandering to other places in Orange County, where a wealth of world class attractions can be found only minutes away.