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Lake Forest is a city in Orange County in Southern California.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Lake Forest lies between Interstate 5 and the 241, a toll road. The 241 ends about 5 miles south of the city, but this road can be used to reach the Riverside Area. I-405 begins a few miles north of Lake Forest and can be used as an alternate route north.

By plane[edit]

The closest commercial airport is John Wayne Airport but the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX IATA) is the largest one in the area.

By train[edit]

The closest Amtrak station is in Irvine. Metrolink shares the station and has two lines that stop there. One line goes from San Bernardino to Oceanside and the other goes from Ventura to Oceanside.

Get around[edit]

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) does provide a pretty thorough bus service but it is still advised to rent a car.



  • 1 Whiting Ranch Wilderness park, 27901 Glenn Ranch Rd, +1 949 923-2245. approximately 2,500 acres of riparian and oak woodland canyons, rolling grassland hills and steep slopes of coastal sage scrub and chaparral.



  • 1 DeLucia's Italian Restaurant & Bar, 23600 Rockfield Blvd, +1 949 951-2611. For Italian food, the original restaurant on Lake Forest near the I-5.
  • 2 Inca Mama's, 26676 Portola Parkway, Foothill Ranch (in Foothill Ranch), +1 949 951-6262. a good choice for Peruvian
  • 3 Diho Thai/Chinese, 23600 Rockfield Blvd (on Lake Forest near the I-5), +1 949 859-4192.
  • 4 El Paraiso, 25252 Jeronimo Rd (corner of Jeronimo and El Toro), +1 949 770-2775. The food is inexpensive and is quite delicious. The main El Salvadorian dish is the papusa, which is filling but not heavy and a lot less greasy than Mexican food.
  • 5 El Conejito's, 24331 Muirlands Boulevard #9 (on Ridge Route just East of Muirlands), +1 949 458-1760. offers delicious Mexican food, inexpensive, yet at times greasy food
  • 6 Avilla's El Ranchito, 24406 Muirlands Blvd (Just across Muirlands), +1 949 855-4989. a chain restaurant with a lively decor and cheap, tasty Mexican food.



  • 1 Laguna Hills Inn at Irvine Spectrum, 23061 Avenida de la Carlota, +1 949-431-5913.
  • 2 Courtyard Foothill Ranch Orange County, 27492 Portola Parkway, +1 949-951-5700. Cradled by Mission Viejo, Lake Forest and the Saddleback Mountains, the Courtyard Foothill Ranch hotel is an oasis in South Orange County.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Lake Forest
Santa AnaIrvine  N  S  Mission ViejoSan Diego

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