Let’s do this!!! Okay,this may just be my excitement coming through for one of my New Year’s resolutions but really, what better way to get in shape then going hiking!

If your new here, welcome! This is a weekly post of OC Park’s weekend’s hikes. All of these hikes are led by an OC Park Ranger or by a staff member of OC Parks. One of the hikes in this weekend’s edition is the monthly “Carbon Canyon Redwood Hike”, this is a great hike for families. It’s an easy trek that comes complete with the reward of seeing a grove of Redwood trees right here in Orange County. I hope you find a hike that’s inspiring for you. Happy hiking!

Laguna Coast Park

Saturday, January 3, 2015

It’s a Dilley of a Hike
OC Parks – 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.
  • Contact (949) 923-2235

Online Registration

Date: 1/3/2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Nature Walk
OC Parks – O’Neill Regional Park

Join our Naturalists on a nature walk and learn about Trabuco 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
  • Contact: (949) 923-2260

(Event is conditional on the weather.)

Date: 1/3/2015
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Redwood Hike
OC Parks – 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
  • Contact: (714) 973-3160

Parking: $5 per vehicle

Date: 1/3/2015
Time: 9:30 AM – 11:00 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 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: 1/3/2015
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Sunday, January 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.

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

Date: 1/4/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Explore California Native Plant Life on the Trail to Barbara’s Lake
OC Parks – 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).
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri, 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.

Online Registration

Date: 1/4/2015
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

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