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Ho Ho Night Hike

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Come to Carbon Canyon Regional Park and see it in a completely different setting – in the dark! We did this hike last year and loved it. Carbon Canyon’s annual fall/winter night hikes are here again. Park Rangers will lead a hike to the Redwood Grove showcasing the natural wonders that can only be seen at night.

The Ho Ho Night Hike will feature many fun activities, including: A visit to the Nature Center,
hot coca and cookies, a live animal presentation and a guided hike through the wilderness area.

Space is limited, please email carboncanyon@ocparks.com or call (714) 973-3160 to register.

  • When: Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Where: Carbon Canyon regional Park, 4442 Carbon Canyon Road
    Brea, CA 92823
  • Cost: Event and parking are FREE
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Weeeknd Hikes

weekend_hikesWant to Hike in the canyon, by the bay…how about at night? Well, OC Parks has you covered! Not only will we have some great weather – there are plenty of hikes to choose from.

OC Parks provides FREE guided Hikes in our gorgeous OC Parks, Pick one and get out there!

Saturday, November 7, 2105

Introduction to Day-Hiking Skills at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers in a classroom and outdoor setting to learn about outdoor hiking skills. The class will be followed by an easy  2-mile hike on level terrain.  We will cover boots, day packs, poles, clothing and the ten most essential items to have in your pack.

  • 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).
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.


Online Registration

Date:  11/7/2015
Time:  8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
First Saturday of the Month Morning Hike To The Redwood Grove
at Carbon Canyon Regional Park
Join OC Parks’ trained staff on the first Saturday of the month for an easy 1.1-mile early morning interpretive hike to the park’s Coastal Redwood grove. You will use your 5 senses to engage with nature as you stroll to the Redwoods. You will also have an opportunity to learn about our native plants along the trail. The hike begins at 8:30 a.m. from the park’s Nature Center.

Participants should remember water, sunscreen, hat and hiking shoes.

  • All ages (small children may have to be carried).
  • Meet at Nature Center located at east end of park.
  • Cost: FREE!

Registration: call (714) 973-3160 or emailcarboncanyon@ocparks.com

Parking: $5 per vehicle

RAIN WILL CANCEL HIKE!

Date:  11/7/2015
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

 

Explore the Bay Family Hike at Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
An easy for families of all ages to learn more about Upper Newport Bay and enjoy the trails around it.  The Hike will last approximately one hour-dependent on weather and will be on both paved and dirt trails with some stairs.  No formal program, but we will talk about whatever we discover along the way.  Bring sun protection and water.  We will meet on the patio of the Muth Interpretive Center.

  • No fee or reservations required, but recommended for groups greater than four people.
  • Call 949-923-2290 or emailunbic@ocparks.com to register groups
  • No pets please
Date:  11/7/2015
Time:  10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Family Hike at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Come and enjoy an easy, 2.5-mile family hike over moderate but uneven terrain (45-ft. elevation gain). Starting at the James Dilley Preserve we will hike one of the most diverse areas of the park to Barbara’s Lake and back. Hike is led by Laguna Canyon Foundation naturalist volunteers.

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right).
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.


Online Registration

Date:  11/7/2015
Time:  3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Hoot ‘N Howling Night Hike at Carbon Canyon Regional Park
Come see Carbon Canyon Regional Park in a completely different setting – in the dark! Our annual fall/winter night hikes are here again. Park Rangers will lead a hike to the Redwood Grove showcasing the natural wonders that can only be seen at night.

The Hoot ‘N Howling Night Hike will feature many fun activities, including:

  • A visit to the Nature Center
  • Hot cocoa and cookies
  • A live animal presentation
  • A hike through the wilderness area

Parking and the event are FREE!

Space is limited. Please call to register:

(714) 973-3160 or e-mailcarboncanyon@ocparks.com


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Date:  11/7/2015
Time:  5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

 

Sunday, November 8, 2105

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: 11/8/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

 

 

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Hikes & Bikes

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Image from wikipedia.org

It’s another Hikes and Bikes weekend! I love it whenever there are mountain biking options, now keep in mind with the much needed rain were getting, some of the hikes could be cancelled. Be sure to check with the park before heading out. Either way, there’s are tons of options to get out and have fun this weekend.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Guided Interpretive Hike at Irvine Regional Park
Join our naturalists on a nature walk and learn about the local plants, animals and history of Irvine Regional 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:  5/16/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Sunday, May 17, 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.

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

Date: 5/17/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

 

Family Bandito Bike Ride to Dripping Cave at 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 its previous inhabitants – the native Acjachemen people. Earn a ranger badge for being an accomplice on the journey.

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

Online Reservations Link

Date: 5/17/2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:30 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. 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) 923-2240 Sat/Sun
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • Ages 8 and up
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)

Online Reservations Link

Date: 5/17/2015
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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Weekend Hikes

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

This edition of “Weekend Hikes” brings you a very special way to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Surprise her with a hike at Aliso & Wood Canyons Park. On this family friendly hike, you’ll play nature themed games while learning about how mothers in the wild care for their babies.

Pack a lunch or a snack (don’t forget the card) and enjoy the newly renovated staging area afterwards.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

California Native Plants & Wildflowers 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:  5/9/2015
Time:  8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Morning Fitness Hike at Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
Take a mildly strenuous 2.5-mile hike along the Back Bay with preserve staff.  Hike will begin in front of the Muth Center.  The hike is on both paved and dirt paths with mostly flat surfaces.This hike explores the upland areas of the bay – with opportunities to see the birds, mammals and reptiles that make this habitat their home.

  • Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
  • Call (949) 923-2275 or emailunbic@ocparks.com
Date:  5/9/2015
Time:  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

 

Guided Interpretive Hike at Irvine Regional Park
Join our naturalists on a nature walk and learn about the local plants, animals and history of Irvine Regional 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:  5/9/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Sunday, May 10, 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.

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

Date: 5/10/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

 

Mother’s Day in Nature at Aliso & Wood Canyons Park

Show your mom how much you love her by leading her on a walk, playing nature themed games, and learning about how mothers in the wild care for their babies. Pack a lunch to enjoy at the newly renovated staging area or garden benches. This is a children’s themed event.

  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters (newly renovated staging area!), 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
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)

Online Reservations Link

Date: 5/10/2015
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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Weekend Hikes

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Image from laguna-beach-info.com

For this weekends edition of “Weekend Hikes” the pick of the week is the “Fitness Challenge for All at Aliso & Wood Canyons Park”. Any mention of a hike with an ocean view is a winner in my eyes. This hike is considered a challenging hike as it is a 5-mile hike with a 900-ft. elevation gain.

The hikes are always FREE, just cover the parking fee – or buy a OC Parks parking pass and enjoy our gorgeous parks for the entire year.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

It’s a Dilley of a Hike at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Raise your spirits as well as your heart rate on this great, 5.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (900-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.

  • Ages 15 and up.
  • 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:  5/2/2015
Time:  8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Fitness Challenge for All at Aliso & Wood Canyons Park
Cardio on a treadmill or cardio with an ocean view? Push your personal workout goals and never get left behind as we cater to a range of fitness levels. It’s a great chance to see wildlife and learn all about Aliso and Wood Canyons from park staff. This is a 5-mile (900-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 M-F or (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
  • Parking: Free
  • Ages 15 and up
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)


Online Reservations Link

Date:  5/2/2015
Time:  8:30 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Redwood Hike at Carbon Canyon Regional Park
Join OC Parks’ trained staff on the first Saturday of the month for an easy 1.1-mile interpretive hike to the park’s Coastal Redwood grove. You will use your 5 senses to engage with nature as you stroll to the Redwoods. You will also have an opportunity to learn about our native plants along the trail. The hike begins at 9:30 a.m. from the park’s Nature Center. Don’t forget to visit our Nature Center when you are there, too!Participants should remember water, sunscreen, hat and hiking shoes.

  • All ages (small children may have to be carried).
  • Meet at Nature Center located at east end of park.
  • Cost: Free
  • Registration: call (714) 973-3160 or email carboncanyon@ocparks.com

Parking: $5 per vehicle

Date:  5/2/2015
Time:  9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Guided Interpretive Hike at Irvine Regional Park
Join our naturalists on a nature walk and learn about the local plants, animals and history of Irvine Regional 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:  5/2/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Sunday, May 3, 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.

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

Date: 5/3/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Explore California Native Plant Life on the Trail to Barbara’s Lake at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Join us on a wonderful morning walk to Orange County’s only natural lake while learning about our native California plant life. This easy 2-mile leisurely hike will be led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists.

  • Ages 8 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).
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.

Online Registration

Date: 5/3/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
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Weekend Hikes

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With all the fantastic Earth Day events going on this weekend, the hikes this weekend are at a minimum. Both of the hikes available are family friendly, easy and FREE, just cover the parking and your set.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Guided Interpretive Hike at Irvine Regional ParkJoin our naturalists on a nature walk and learn about the local plants, animals and history of Irvine Regional 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:  4/18/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Sunday, April 19, 2015

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. 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) 923-2240 Sat/Sun
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • Ages 8 and up
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)


Reservations Link

Date:  4/19/2015
Time:  9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

 

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Weekend Hikes

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There are some great guided hikes this weekend at our local OC Parks. My pick of the week is the Morning Fitness Hike at Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve. The scenery is gorgeous and who can resist looking for little critters along the way. It’s a great way to start the weekend.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

California Native Plants & 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:  4/11/2015
Time:  8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Fitness Challenge for All at Aliso & Wood Canyons Park
Cardio on a treadmill or cardio with an ocean view? Push your personal workout goals and never get left behind as we cater to a range of fitness levels. It’s a great chance to see wildlife and learn all about Aliso and Wood Canyons from park staff. This is a 5-mile (900-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 M-F or (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
  • Parking: Free
  • Ages 15 and up
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)


Reservations Link

Date:  4/11/2015
Time:  8:30 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Morning Fitness Hike at Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
Take a mildly strenuous 2.5 mile hike along the Back Bay with Preserve staff.  Hike will begin in front of the Muth Center.  The hike is on both paved and dirt paths with mostly flat surfaces.This hike explores the upland areas of the bay- with opportunities to see the birds, mammals and reptiles that make this habitat their home.

  • Space is limited and pre-registration is required
  • Call 949-923-2275 or emailunbic@ocparks.com
Date:  4/11/2015
Time:  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

 

Guided Interpretive Hike at Irvine Regional Park
Join our naturalists on a nature walk and learn about the local plants, animals and history of Irvine Regional 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:  4/11/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Wilderness Walkers at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Enjoy a wonderful, moderate 3-mile walk (535-ft. elevation gain) through Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Catch views of the canyons and mountain ranges from the ridge top and then walk down to Barbara’s Lake, a hidden jewel and the only natural lake in Orange County.

  • Ages 12 and up. Hat, water and snack recommended for your comfort.
  • 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:  4/12/2015
Time:  2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
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