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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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