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Hikes & Bikes

hikesnBikesPRLHike it or bike it this weekend with plenty of options for both. Take advantage of these great guided hikes & mountain bike rides while you discover our beautiful Orange County Parks & Trails.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Walk with a Naturalist – O’Neill Regional Park
Join our Naturalist on a nature walk and learn about Trabuco Canyon animals and nature. Light to moderate walk on mostly paved roads. Meet at the Nature Center just inside the main entrance of the park.

  • All Ages Welcome
  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
Date:  5/21/2016
Time:  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Explore the Bay Family Hike – Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
An easy hike for families of all ages to learn more about Upper Newport Bay and enjoy its trails. 

  • Hike will be on paved and dirt trails
  • Bring sun protection and water
  • Meet on the patio of the Muth Interpretive Center
  • No fee or pre-registration required
Date:  5/21/2016
Time:  10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Guided Nature Hike – Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Join the Park Ranger for a one mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages.

  • Contact park office for hike updates.
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle (day use fee).
  • Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area.
Date:  5/22/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Introduction to Mountain Biking
OC Parks – Aliso & Wood Canyons Park
Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer Mountain Bike Trail Assistants on this beautiful 8-mile bike ride (400-ft. elevation gain) on uneven terrain. Learn mountain biking basics and trail etiquette while enjoying the canyon views.

  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot).
  • Please come prepared with a bike suitable for off-pavement riding, sturdy shoes, helmet, gloves, water and snack.
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


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Date:  5/22/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Intermediate Mountain Biking – Aliso & Wood Canyons Park

Catch beautiful canyon views on this 10-mile ride over steep and uneven terrain (1,600-ft elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer mountain bike trail assistants. This is for INTERMEDIATE riders with mountain biking experience. Appropriate mountain biking equipment required.

  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot).
  • Must have helmet, gloves, hydration; a snack is strongly suggested. Be prepared for varied weather in the canyons.
  • This bike ride is not for beginners.
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


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Date:  5/22/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Evening Family Beginner Mountain Bike Ride: Limestone Canyon to The Sinks – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Join a slow-paced, family-oriented ride through sycamores, oaks, and native habitat in Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. This 9-mile ride takes visitors to The Sinks, Orange County’s own “mini Grand Canyon.”

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Driving directions will be provided after registration.
  • For more events in Limestone Canyon,click here.


Online Registration

Date:  5/22/2016
Time:  4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Meditating in Nature
OC Parks – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
 Location:  Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Relax in nature this spring with park staff and Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.  Enjoy a short walking meditation (1/2 mile), breathing and energization exercises, and sitting meditation. Bring a blanket, pillow, and clothing in layers in case the evening is cool.  No experience necessary.

  • Ages 16 and up.
  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405).
  • For questions call: (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.


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Date:  5/22/2016
Time:  5:45 PM – 7:15 PM
Contact: (949) 923-2235
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All About Snakes

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OC Parks invites you to join local herpetologist Steve Bledsoe at O’Neill Regional Park to learn all about snakes that can be found in Orange County.

This family-friendly event will feature a live reptile display with local snake species. Come learn how to identify snakes, where they live and what to do when you encounter one on park trails.

There will also be an informative presentation on rattlesnakes of Orange County. All About Snakes will be offered on two different dates, May 21 and July 23. The same program will take place on both dates.

  • When:Saturday, May 21, 2016 and Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Where: O’Neill Regional Park, 30892 Trabuco Canyon Rd, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678. Meet at the O’Neill Nature Center and Amphitheater. Park at the O’Neill Nature Center lot.
  • Cost: The event is FREE, parking fees may apply.

Reservations are not required!

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Hikes & Bikes

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It’s a Hikes & Bikes kind of weekend! Although the list is short it’s a sweet one. No matter what you choose – make sure to get out there this weekend and experience nature.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Intro Cardio Fitness: Weir Canyon Rifle Range Loop – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Join a slower intro-to-cardio hike that incorporates a little more for interpretation along a trail that passes by coastal sage scrub, grasslands and oak woodlands in Weir Canyon.

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Driving directions will be provided after registration.
  • For more events in Weir Canyon Nature Preserve, click here.


Online Registration

Date:  5/14/2016
Time:  7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
California Native Plant Hike – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Learn about the seasonal life of California Native Plants with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this enjoyable 2.5 mile hike (45-ft elevation gain) over moderately uneven terrain.

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (405 South to 133 south to stoplight at 73 turn-off; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right).
  • For questions call: (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.


Online Registration

Date:  5/14/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Family Bandito Bike Ride to Dripping Cave – Aliso & Wood Canyons Park
Join a band of bike wielding young explorers on a ride to Aliso’s most intriguing attraction. We’ll learn the mysterious legends of this famed bandit hideout as well as about its previous inhabitants – the Acjachemen people.

  • For those who can comfortably ride 5 miles (150 ft. elevation gain) on dirt trails with some sandy sections.
  • Children ages 8 and up, or younger if peddled by an adult.
  • Bike, helmet, water, snack, and weather appropriate clothing/shoes are required.
  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


Sign-up Link

Date:  5/14/2016
Time:  9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Guided Nature Hike – Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Join the Park Ranger for a one mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages.

  • Contact park office for hike updates.
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle (day use fee).
  • Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area.
Date:  5/15/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
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Spring Faire at ENC

Image Courtesy of Environmental Nature Center Facebook page
Image Courtesy of Environmental Nature Center Facebook page

Come and join the fun at Environmental Nature Center’s 11th Annual Spring Faire and Butterfly House Opening! This day’s events if filled with enviromental fun, music and food the entire family will enjoy.

This is one of our favorite places to visit in Orange County! During the Spring Faire you’ll be able to to visit Orange County’s only butterfly house, view the Youth Art Exhibit, Purchase native plants that attract butterflies and birds to your own yard, Decorate your body with face paint or henna, Get a massage from the nice folks from Greet the Day!  Play nature games, and see a live Bird of Prey presentation from the OC Bird of Prey Center.

Gather ’round the Fire Circle Stage and listen to the Youth Singers of Orange County. Watch a live Bird of Prey presentation from the Orange County Bird of Prey Center, and so much more!

For the kids –  the purchase of a re-usable ENC canvas bag for $5.00 per child is your “ticket” for a full day’s worth of awesome crafts!

Presentations scheduled for the day include:

10: 15 – Biodiversity Presentation by Community Roots Academy

11:00 – Dealing with the Drought – Metropolitan Water District

11:45 – Young Singers of Orange County

12:30 – Birds of Prey

1:15 – Save the Queen Green!

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  • When: Sunday, May 15, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Where: Environmental Nature Center, 1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663
  • Cost: FREE

 

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Family Fossil Days

Clark ParkDid you know that mammoths, ring-tailed cats, giant ground sloths and a unique type of ancient llama once lived in the area? Come and explore the rich fossil history at Family Fossil Days. Clark Regional Park provides a hands-on experience for all ages with real fossils.

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The Park Staff will lead a three-hour program that brings you face to face with a casting of a real Megalodon jaw and a 9 million year-old baleen whale fossil.

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Participants older than 6 years old can discover Clark Regional Park’s marine fossil site which is located right across the street from Clark Regional Park. Attending Family Fossil Day gives you access to a limited amount of this area which is normally closed to the public.

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It is amazing just how many fossils there are at Clark Regional Park and how much history we have right here in Orange County The program begins at the Interpretive Center and takes place rain or shine. Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day at the park following the program.

  • When: Saturday, May 7th, Saturday, September 10th, Saturday, December 3rd from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Clark Regional Park 8800 Rosecrans Ave. Buena Park, CA 90621
  • Event is FREE, parking is $5 per vehicle. 

For more information: Call (714) 973-3170 or email clarkpark@ocparks.com www.facebook.com/OrangeCountyParks twitter.com/OCParks Carbon Canyon Regional

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Citrusfest

Image courtesy of downtown Anaheim Facebook page
Image courtesy of downtown Anaheim Facebook page

The 5th annual Citrus Festival at the historic Anaheim Packing District takes place today!! Celebrate all things citrus at this free event! 

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Head over to the Packing District between 4:00 pm -10:00 pm for some sweet giveaways, local makers and artisans, live music, hard lemonade garden and kids activities and games!

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Enter the raffle to win a 7 day luxury vacation getaway all benefiting the Anaheim Historical Society. Grab good eats from over 20 of the Packing House restaurants. If you want something yummy to drink make sure to try out the new Mini Monster!

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Mini Monster was kind enough to invite us to their soft opening at couple of weeks ago and treated my family to some of the yummiest Matcha Green Tea and Jasmine Tea’s we’ve ever had! My girls absolutely loved their Strawberry Lemonade Snow Clouds.

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The festival takes place at the Anaheim Packing District, located at 440 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, California 92805

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Rancho Days Fiesta

RanchoDaysHeritage Hill Historical Park presents the 20th Annual RANCHO DAYS FIESTA on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Come explore the rich history of Orange County’s rancho era through hands-on activities, crafts, music, and dance.

Activities and performances include:

  • Native American and Folklorico dancing
  • Early California ranching hands-on activities & exhibitors
  • Piñata breaking
  • butter churning
  • candle dipping

There will also be Rancho-era music and crafts for children as well as Charro horse riding and roping demonstrations. The Historic buildings will be open, courtesy of the Amigo de la Colina docents.

  • When: Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Heritage Hill Historical Park, 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630
  • Cost: $5.00 per person, Free for children under age 3
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Weekend Hikes

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Get your hiking boots out, this weekend will be a perfect time for a hike! There is so much to see and do this weekend but why not start it off with a FREE guided hike, compliments of our Orange County Parks?

The guided hikes are always FREE just cover the parking.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Birds of Baker Canyon – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Join a moderate-paced bird walk through the beautiful oak woodland of Baker Canyon, home to a diverse variety of bird species. Learn about which species you’re most likely to see and how to identify them.

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Driving directions will be provided after registration.
  • For more activities in Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park, click here.


Online Registration

Date:  4/30/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Family Hike: Round Canyon – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Enjoy an early evening family hike in Round Canyon, where you’ll hike along a flat trail and cross a creek while watching for red-tailed hawks and mule deer. The hike will average 2-3 miles roundtrip.

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Driving directions will be provided after registration.
  • For more activities in Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, click here.


Online Registration

Date:  4/30/2016
Time:  4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Fremont Loop Distance Hike – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Join an extremely challenging 15-mile loop hike around the entire rim of Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve.

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Driving directions will be provided after registration.
  • For more events in Fremont Canyon,click here.


Online Registration

Date:  5/1/2016
Time:  7:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Guided Nature Hike – Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Join the Park Ranger for a one mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages.

  • Contact park office for hike updates.
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle (day use fee).
  • Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area.
Date:  5/1/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Nature Hike in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park – Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
Come out and join us for a great nature hike into Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. This hike will begin in the Borrego Parking lot where we will head into Whiting Ranch on Borrego Trail. As we hike into the park we will be learning a little about the different plants and animals that call Whiting Ranch their home.  We will be hiking about 1.5 miles. Participants must wear sturdy, closed-toe hiking shoes. Remember to pack plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, and all other necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail.  Just a quick note that if you are bringing the little ones, the trail we will be on is not stroller friendly. Registration required, please click link below.
Online Registration
Date:  5/1/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Sunday Family Fun Hike – Aliso & Wood Canyons Park
When was the last time you took the family out to hike for pure enjoyment? On this excursion, we’ll focus on fun facts, nature themed games, and wildlife habits while answering questions from your little ones.

  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Glenwood [turns into Pacific Park] and right on Canyon Vistas. Meet at the entrance to Canyon View Park).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun.
  • This is a 2-mile (150-ft. elevation gain) hike.
  • For ages 7 and up.
  • Parking: Free.
  • Please sign-up online using link below


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Date:  5/1/2016
Time:  9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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Earth Day!

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Today is Earth Day! There are many events this weekend that help celebrate and bring awareness of our precious home. Founded in 1970 as a day  to bring to light environmental issues, Earth Day is now celebrated globally.

Here’s a few ways to celebrate:

Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center, Newport Beach, CA
Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center, Newport Beach, CA

Celebrate Earth Day at the Back Bay : Take a stand so that together, we can show the world a new direction – to think about how we can protect our planet and preserve it for the future.The 2016 Earth Day celebration at the Bay at the Upper Newport Bay’s Nature Preserve/Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center in Newport Beach takes place on Saturday, April 23rd and will include the following activities:

  • Environmental Exhibits
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Live Entertainment
  • Science Discovery and Craft Booths
  • Rain Barrel Distribution
  • Food Trucks and Opportunity Drawing
  • Free Parking and Admission

Click here for more Information and directions. All activities and parking are FREE


The Discovery Cube OC in Santa Ana will celebrate Earth Day every weekend between April 16 and May 15 to enjoy special stage shows and eco-friendly activities! Plus, enter the Poster Contest for a chance to become an Angels’ Bat Kid and join the Cube on April 23 for our Earth Day event to meet a Angels player, Johnny Giavotella!

People_recyclingActivities include: 

  • Complete the Eco Challenge Scavenger Hunt and enter to win Angels tickets.
  • Meet & greet with Angels player Johnny Giavotella.
    – bring e-waste for priority access!
  • Learn about eco-friendly resources from our partners.
  • Take the Eco Challenge and make a difference in your community!
  • The first 200 hundred cars to bring e-waste will receive a voucher valid for 4 Discovery Cube general admission tickets.

Plus, don’t miss your chance to enter the Eco Challenge Poster Contest and enter to win an Angels Bat Kid Experience! Learn more by clicking here. All Earth Day activities are included in regular admission.


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Pretend City in Irvine promotes environmental awareness on Earth Day and throughout the year. On Saturday, April 23rd look forward to special performances will include with performances from Creative Kids Playhouse Children’s Theatre of OC, Tom Thumb Players and The International Peace Choir Performance. Enjoy other earth based engaging activities such as:

  • Smart Art: Recycle City – From cereal box buildings to can cars the possibilities are endless when you recreate with recyclable materials. Stop by the Art Studio to see what your little ones will engineer.
  • Sensational Story Time: Compost Stew – Who knew rotting vegetables and fruit could be so great for the environment? This story time and activity will help you figure out what you need to create your own compost bin at home.
  • Science for the Senses: Seed Exploration – Your children will enjoy using their deductive reasoning skills and senses as they explore and match a variety of seeds.
  • Art Studio Sessions: What Shape is Our Earth? – We will make our own earth to take home using coffee filters, droppers, and colored water; using the colors, blue and green.

All Activities included in regular admission.

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CoastKeeper Garden in Orange will hold an Earth Day celebration on Saturday April 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

SmartScape tours of the Garden will be given at 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.. The event is free but donations are cheerfully welcome.


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Hikes & Bikes

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Hit the trails this Earth Day weekend and enjoy one of the FREE Guided Hikes or Mountain bikes rides in one of our Orange County Parks. The guided hikes & bike rides are always free just cover the parking.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Extreme Cardio Hike: Fremont, Blind, Weir Canyons – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Join a fast-paced, early morning extreme cardio hike in Fremont and Weir canyons. This approximately 12-mile cardio hike, completed in 3 hours, includes a 2,000-foot elevation change and is for experienced, physically fit hikers.

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Driving directions will be provided after registration.
  • For more activities in Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve, click here.


Online Registration

Date:  4/23/2016
Time:  7:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Geology Hike at Little Sycamore – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Enjoy an afternoon of unspoiled canyon views while learning about the geology of this area. The rocks and fossils reveal fascinating stories about the park’s ancient environments. Meet at the Nix Nature Center to begin this highly interpretive 3-mile hike (400-ft. elevation gain), on sometimes steep, uneven and rocky terrain. Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists.

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Road/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405).
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri & 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below


Online Registration

Date:  4/23/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Guided Nature Hike – Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Join the Park Ranger for a one mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages.

  • Contact park office for hike updates.
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle (day use fee).
  • Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area.
Date:  4/24/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Birding Hike -Aliso & Wood Canyons Park
Spot spring and year-round resident birds, with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this moderate 2-mile, level  hike over uneven terrain through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States.

  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle
  • Ages: 12 and up (minors must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars!
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)


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Date:  4/24/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Introduction to Mountain Biking – Aliso & Wood Canyons Park
Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer Mountain Bike Trail Assistants on this beautiful 8-mile bike ride (400-ft. elevation gain) on uneven terrain. Learn mountain biking basics and trail etiquette while enjoying the canyon views.

  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot).
  • Please come prepared with a bike suitable for off-pavement riding, sturdy shoes, helmet, gloves, water and snack.
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


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Date:  4/24/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
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