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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