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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

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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