WeekendHikes

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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