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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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Weekend Hikes

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If we don’t have rain this weekend there’s some fun weekend hikes planned by our OC Parks. Remeber all these guided hikes are FREE. Parking fee vary between $3.00 and $5.00.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

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:  1/30/2016
Time:  10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

 

Sunday, January 31, 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:  1/31/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Car Wreck Fitness Hike – Aliso & Wood Canyons Park
Long distance, high elevation hike that takes us inside Dripping Cave, up steep Mathis Canyon Trail, then by the old car wreck! Experienced hikers only.

  • 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.
  • For ages 15 and up who are capable of an 8-mile, 900-ft. elevation gain hike on very steep and rocky terrain. Be prepared for hot weather, with at least two liters of water, snack, hiking footwear, sunscreen, a hat/sunglasses, and necessary medications.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


Online Registration

Date:  1/31/2016
Time:  9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
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Weekend Hikes

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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
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WeekendHikesOC Parks hosts FREE “guided” hikes every weekend. Bring your water, hiking boots and cover the parking, they’ll take care of the rest. If your new to hiking or if you just want to get a little more prepared for your hikes – there’s a great class this weekend for you to consider.

Laguna Coast WIlderness Park will host an “Introduction to Day Hiking Skills” class on Saturday that will teach you all about outdoor hiking skills, boots, day packs, poles, clothing and the ten most essential items to have in your pack. The class is followed by an easy 2 mile hike.

Happy hiking!!!

Saturday, September 3, 2015

Introduction to Day Hiking Skills – 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 to moderate 2-mile hike. 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:  10/3/2015
Time:  8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Explore the Bay Family Hike – 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:  10/3/2015
Time:  10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Family Hike – 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:  10/3/2015
Time:  3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Sunday, October 4, 2015

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.
  • Subject to cancelation without notice

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

Date: 10/4/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

 

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Hikes & Bikes

 

OC Parks
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It’s a Hikes & Bikes Weekend!! I do get so excited about the the mountain bike tours even if I can’t make it. Our wonderful Orange County Parks offer FREE guided hikes and mountain bike tours that range from family friendly to challenging. Lace up the shoes and get out there!

Be sure check the Calender for the other great events happening this weekend like the Kids Fishing Derby at Clark Park  and the Mysterious World of O’Neill Regional Park.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

California Native Plants & Wildflowers Hike – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Learn about the California Native Plants and wildflowers with 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:  6/13/2015
Time:  8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

 

Guided Interpretive Hike – 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:  6/13/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Ranger Led Nature Hike – 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: 6/14/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Beginning Mountain Bike Ride – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Learn mountain biking basics and trail etiquette on this 6.8-mile ride over steep and uneven terrain (800-ft. elevation gain) while enjoying canyon views. Please come prepared with a bike suitable for off-pavement riding, sturdy shoes, helmet, gloves, water and snack. Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer mountain bike trail assistants.

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd. east to end; meet at the gate.)
  • Parking: Free.

Online Registration

Date: 6/14/2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Catch beautiful canyon views on this 10-mile ride over steep and uneven terrain (1,000-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. Must have helmet, gloves, hydration; a snack is strongly suggested. Be prepared for varied weather out in the canyons.

  • This bike ride is not for beginners.
  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd. east to end; meet at the gate.)
  • Parking: Free.

Online Registration

Date: 6/14/2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
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Wilderness Walkers -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.

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Date: 6/14/2015
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
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Welcome this is weeks edition  of “Weekend Hikes”. The hikes featured are courtesy of our Orange County Parks. So whether you’re looking for a family friendly hike or a way to get your heart pumping, there’s something for everyone.

All of these events area free, just cover the parking and your set!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Saturday Fitness Hike at Willow – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this fast-paced, 5.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (571-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.

  •  Ages 15 and up.
  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection).
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.


Online Registration

Date:  6/6/2015
Time:  8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Ranger Led Hike To Redwood Grove – 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 8:30 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:  6/6/2015
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:00 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 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:  6/6/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Ranger Led Nature Hike – 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: 6/7/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Geology and Natural History Hike – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Step back 25 million years in Orange County’s history to a time when the seas receded and the San Andreas Fault was just starting to form. With a Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist, discover the geologic processes going on today and how they affect the natural landscape. This moderate 3-mile hike is over uneven, steep and sometimes rocky terrain with a 300-ft elevation gain.

  • For ages 10 and up.
  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; and make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right.)
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.

Online Registration

Date: 6/7/2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM

 

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As a family, we love to get out and explore new trails, discover plants and look for animal tracks. If you’re looking for a nice hike this weekend, Orange County Parks offers FREE guided hikes every weekend. The hikes range from family – friendly to challenging.

Although there are only a few chooses this weekend, they all offer something a little different, get out there and explore.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Guided Interpretive Hike – 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:  5/30/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Ranger Led Nature Hike – 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: 5/31/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Meditating in Nature – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Relax in nature.  Enjoy a short walking meditation, breathing and energization exercises, and sitting meditation. Bring a blanket and a pillow.  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).
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.

Online Registration

Date: 5/31/2015
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
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It’s Easter weekend but you can still enjoy a hike with the family. My pick for this weekend is the Redwood Hike at Carbon Canyon Regional Park, yes….we have Redwoods right here in Orange County. This is an easy hike and the kids will loving seeing this grove of Redwoods.

Bring the kids Easter baskets and hop over to one of the local Easter Egg Hunts afterwards.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

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:  4/4/2015
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:  4/4/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 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:  4/4/2015
Time:  3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Ranger Led Hike at 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: 4/5/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

 

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Explore a new trial this weekend with OC Parks. They offer hikes every weekend throughout Orange County, the hikes range from family friendly to strenuous.

My pick for this weekend’s OC Park’s hikes is the Redwood Hike at Carbon Canyon Regional Park. This is a family friendly, easy 1.1 mile interpretive hike to the Redwood Grove. Be check to get there a little early and have the kids take a look at the nature center.

Happy Hiking!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Red Rock Canyon Guided Hike
at Whiting Ranch Parks
Come and enjoy a guided 3.6 total miles hike over gentle grade. The hike will encompass the Borrego Canyon trail, a heavily wooded canyon with multiple plant communities. We will hike along the bottom of the canyon as we watch for acorn woodpeckers and mule deer. The hike will transition to the beautiful geological formation know as Red Rock Canyon. Please bring plenty of water, and wear sturdy shoes.
Space limited, Register online.Contact: (949) 923-2245
Date: 2/7/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

 

It’s a Dilley of a Hike
at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Raise your spirits as well as your heart rate on this strenuous, fast-paced, 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).
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri & 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.

Online Registration

Contact: (949) 923-2235

Date: 2/7/2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:30 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

Contact: (714) 973-3160

Date: 2/7/2015
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

Contact: (714) 973-6835

Date: 2/7/2015
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 Sunday, February 8, 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: 2/8/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

 

Wilderness Walking Club
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).
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri, 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.

Online Registration

Contact: (949) 923-2235

Date: 2/8/2015
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
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Hikes & Bikes

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Oh my goodness!!! Yes, I’m excited about this edition of the “Weekend Hikes” post. You may have noticed the tile is “Hikes & Bikes”! Yes, in addition to the regularly scheduled Hikes, OC parks has two mountain biking events scheduled this weekend!!

Okay, a little background, once upon a time, I loved to mountain bike (about 9 years ago). I have a beautiful mountain bike (and road bike) in storage and I think it’s time to get them tuned up and ready to go. Besides the mountain bike events, there are some very nice hikes scheduled this weekend. I hope you find one that fits your needs.

Saturday, January 10 2015

Fitness Hike
OC Parks – 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 email unbic@ocparks.com
Date:  1/10/2015
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

 

Winter Morning Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride
OC Parks – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Catch beautiful canyon views on this 10-mile ride over steep and uneven terrain (1,000-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. Must have helmet, gloves, hydration; a snack is strongly suggested.
  • Be prepared for varied weather out in the canyons.
  • This bike ride is not for beginners. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd. east to end; meet at the gate.)
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri, 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: Free.


Online Registration

Date:  1/10/2015
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Beginning Mountain Bike Ride
OC Parks – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Learn mountain biking basics and trail etiquette on this 6.8-mile ride over steep and uneven terrain (800-ft. elevation gain) while enjoying canyon views. Please come prepared with a bike suitable for off-pavement riding, sturdy shoes, helmet, gloves, water and snack. Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer mountain bike trail assistants.

  •  Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd. east to end; meet at the gate.)
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri, 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: Free.


Online Registration

Date:  1/10/2015
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

 

California Native Plants in the Winter
OC Parks – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Learn about the seasonal life of California native plants with 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).
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri & 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.


Online Registration

Date:  1/10/2015
Time:  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Nature Walk
OC Parks – O’Neill Regional Park
Join our Naturalists on a nature walk and learn aboutTrabuco 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
  • call 949-923-2260 with any questions

(Event is conditional on the weather.)

Date:  1/10/2015
Time:  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

 

Guided Interpretive Hike
OC Parks – Irvine Regional Park
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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 with any questions
Date:  1/10/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

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: 1/11/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Wilderness Walking Club
OC Parks – 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).
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri, 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.

Online Registration

Date: 1/11/2015
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
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