Tag: Family Hikes in orange county

Weekend Hikes

Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center
Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center

Are you ready for the Weekend? OC Parks offers some great FREE guided hikes in our OC Parks. Get your hiking boots and try out one of these hikes this weekend.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

California Native Plants and Wildflower Hike at  Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Learn about the California Native Plants and wildflowers with a Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist 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).
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.


Online Registration

Date:  11/14/2015
Time:  8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Ranger Led Nature Hike at Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Join our Park Rangers Sunday mornings for an easy 1-mile hike on the Nature Trail. The trail takes visitors through grassland, oak woodland, riparian and sandy cactus scrub communities. Meet at Old Corral Day Use area. Rain will cancel hike. 

  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • Wear comfortable clothing, hiking shoes.
  • Sunscreen, water and insect repellent are recommended.
  • Subject to cancelation without notice

For additional information, please call the park at (949) 923-2210.

Date: 11/15/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

 

Sunday Family Fun Hike at 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.

  • This is a 2-mile (150-ft. elevation gain) hike for ages 7 and up.
  • 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 M-F or 949-923-2200 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: Free.


Online Registration

Date:  11/15/2015
Time:  9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Morning Walk Around the Lake at Laguna Niguel Regional Park
Come enjoy a wonderful morning walk around the lake and learn about the native plants and critters in the park. This is an easy 2.5 mile walk (both paved and dirt trail) with no elevation gain. Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation Volunteer Naturalists.

  • Ages 8 & up welcome
  • Dogs on leashes welcome
  • Laguna Niguel Regional Park, 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel (meet at parking lot closest to Shelter 3)
  • Online reservations required:www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324
  • Parking: $5/vehicle.
Date:  11/15/2015
Time:  9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Moulton Peak Geology Hike at Aliso & Wood Canyons Park
Join LCF volunteer naturalists on this 4-mile geology hike (600-ft. elevation gain) over steep and uneven terrain. Hike through the oak-filled woodland of Wood Canyon and continue to the park’s highest peak. We will pass by rock formations that tell of ancient floods, landslides and the building of a great shell-filled limestone reef.

  • This hike is not for beginners!
  • Bring water, hiking shoes (hiking poles suggested), snacks, the field guides of your choice, and a sense of adventure!
  • Ages 15 and up.
  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, 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.
  • Parking: Free.


Online Registration

Date:  11/15/2015
Time:  1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Share

Weekend Hikes

wpid-2014-11-13_23.11.01.jpg

This Weekends Hikes are going to gorgeous! We have some great weather conditions this weekend, so take advantage and get outdoors!

My Spolight Hike for this weekend is the Ben Franklin’s Birthday Adventure at Aliso & Wood Canyons Park on Sunday.  Children and their parents  will enjoy an activity-filled 2 mile hike to celebrate Benjamin Franklin’s birthday by recreating inventions used by Orange County’s native peoples and Poor “Ranger” Richard will recite from his famous almanac. Sorry, no kites please.

Another hike that sounds very interesting is with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist, Karin Klein (author of 50 Hikes in Orange County)  – Edible and Useful Plant Hike OC Parks – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park on Saturday. 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Nature Walk
OC Parks – O’Neill Regional Park
Join our Naturalists 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.

  • Ages: All Ages Welcome
  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle

(Event is conditional on the weather.)

Contact: (949) 923-2260 with any questions

Date:  1/17/2015
Time:  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Edible and Useful Plant Hike
OC Parks – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Early pioneers found their uses for local and introduced plants, and now science is finding out about potentially valuable medicines in our wild backyard. Learn about these edible and useful plants during a moderate, but steep, uneven 2-mile hike (400-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist, Karin Klein (author of 50 Hikes in Orange County)

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection).
  • Online reservations required.
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324.
  • Parking: $3.
Date:  1/17/2015
Time:  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

 

Ranger Led Nature Hike
OC Parks – Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Join our Park Rangers Sunday mornings for an easy 1-mile hike on the Nature Trail. The trail takes visitors through grassland, oak woodland, riparian and sandy cactus scrub communities. Meet at Old Corral Day Use area. Rain will cancel hike. 

  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • Wear comfortable clothing, hiking shoes.
  • Sunscreen, water and insect repellent are recommended.

 For additional information, please call the park at (949) 923-2210.

Date: 1/18/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Guided Interpretive Hike
OC Parks – Irvine Regional Park
Join our naturalists on a nature walk and learn about the local plants, animals and history of Irvine Park. Light to moderate walking on both paved paths and trails. Meet at the Nature Center near the OC Zoo in parking lot #19.

  • All ages welcome
  • Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle

Contact: (714) 973-6835 if you have any questions

Date:  1/17/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Sunday, January 18, 2015

 

Birding Basics
OC Parks – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Learn the basics of birding and spot native and winter resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 1.5-mile hike over primarily flat, but uneven terrain through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States.

  • No experience necessary!
  • For ages 12 and up (minors must be accompanied by an adult).
  • Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars (Limited binoculars available on loan).
  • 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).
  • Online reservations required.
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324.
  • Parking: $3.
Date: 1/18/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Morning Walk Around the Lake
OC Parks – Laguna Niguel Regional Park

Come enjoy a wonderful morning walk around the lake and learn about the native plants and critters in the park. This is an easy 2.5-mile walk (both paved and dirt trail) with no elevation gain. Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation Volunteer Naturalists. Dogs on leashes welcome.

  • Laguna Niguel Regional Park, 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel. Meet at the Shelter 3 parking lot.
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri or (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • Ages 8 and up
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)

Online Reservations Link

Date: 1/18/2015
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Ben Franklin’s Birthday Adventure
OC Parks – Aliso & Wood Canyons Park

Children, bring your parents on an activity-filled hike to celebrate the birthday of one of our country’s greatest patriots, inventors, and writers. We’ll recreate inventions used by Orange County’s native peoples and Poor “Ranger” Richard will recite from his famous almanac. Leave your kites at home please ;). This is a 2-mile hike with a 150-ft. elevation gain.

  • 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 or (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
  • Parking: Free
  • Ages 8 and up
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)

Online Reservations Link

Date: 1/18/2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Share

Weekend Hikes – December 27-28, 2014

OC Parks has a some great hikes planned for this weekend including a night hike at Carbon Canyon Regional Park. This hike is very popular with families. My girls were very excited about hiking at night and the live animal presentation prior to the hike was a hit with all the kids.

wpid-2014-12-19_10.38.15.jpg

Saturday,December 27, 2014

Nature Walk @ O’Neill regional Park – Join our Naturalists 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.

  • Ages: All Ages Welcome
  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle

(Event is conditional on the weather.) Contact: (949) 923-2260

Date:  12/27/2014
Time:  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

 

Guided Hike @ Irvine Regional Park – Join our naturalists on a nature walk and learn about the local plants, animals and history of Irvine Park. Light to moderate walking on both paved paths and trails. Meet at the Nature Center near the OC Zoo in parking lot #19.

  • All ages welcome
  • Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
Date:  12/27/2014
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Ho Ho Happy New Year Night Hike @ Carbon Canyon – Come see Carbon Canyon Regional Park in a completely different setting – in the dark! Park rangers will lead a starlit hike showcasing the natural wonders that can only be seen at night.The Ho Ho Happy New Year Night Hike will feature many fun activities, including:• A visit to the Nature Center
• A live animal presentation
• Hot cocoa and cookies
• A hike through the wilderness area (approx. 2 miles round trip. Hike is optional)
• Parking is FREE AFTER 5:30 p.m.
• Event is FREE!This is an outdoor event. Please dress warmly, wear good walking shoes and bring a flashlight. (No pets please)**Rain will cancel event**

Space is limited, please call to register:

(714) 973-3160 or email carboncanyon@ocparks.com


Date:  12/27/2014
Time:  5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

 Sunday, December 28, 2014

Ranger Led Nature Hike @ Caspers  Wilderness Park – Join our Park Rangers Sunday mornings for an easy 1-mile hike on the Nature Trail. The trail takes visitors through grassland, oak woodland, riparian and sandy cactus scrub communities. Meet at Old Corral Day Use area. Rain will cancel hike. 

  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • Wear comfortable clothing, hiking shoes.
  • Sunscreen, water and insect repellent are recommended.

 For additional information, please call the park at (949) 923-2210.

Date: 12/28/2014
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Share