Going to see the Redwoods is one of things on my bucket list but until then there’s an alternative right here in Orange County.
Carbon Canyon Regional Park has a ten-acre grove of Coastal Redwood trees. This grove of redwoods were planted in 1975 with many of the trees standing over 100 feet tall. Not bad being that this is far from their normal growing conditions in Northern California.
image from greenadventures.com
In addition to their most popular hike (to see the Orange County Redwoods) Carbon Canyon Regional Park has an interpretive center, picnic areas, restrooms, fishing, playgrounds, walking and hiking trails.
Carbon Canyon Regional Park is adjacent to Chino Hills State Park, which has 14,000 acres of protected park land (which just happens to have some great mountain biking).
There is a smaller grove of Redwoods in Orange County which is located at UC Irvine. This grove is a result of a former professor’s experiment in tree cloning.
To tour the Redwoods at Carbon Canyon you can join OC Parks trained staff for an easy 1.1 mile hike to the redwoods. Use your 5 senses to engage with nature as you stroll to the Redwoods. You will also have an opportunity to learn about native plants along the way.
The hike begins each Saturday and Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. from the park’s Nature Center. It runs 8:30am – 10:00am. Don’t forget to visit the Nature Center. Remember to bring 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. Reservations preferred: call (714) 973-3160 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Parking: $5 per vehicle.
Redwood Grove Hike
Carbon Canyon Regional Park
4442 Carbon Canyon Rd.
Brea CA 92823
The 7th annual National Get Outdoors Day is on June 14, 2014. This event encourages healthy, active outdoor lives and embraces our parks, forests, refuges and other public lands and waters. Participating partners will offer opportunities for American families to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities.
Get Outside Day event actives will offer a mix of information centers, “active fun” areas, places where guests (especially kids) can use a fishing pole, go geocaching, help pitch a tent and more. Many sites also feature areas that focus on other aspects of healthy living, including sustainability and good nutrition.
The sites will also provide photo opportunities with characters like Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl.
In addition to the days events, participants will be invited to nearby follow-up activities called EchO events occurring throughout the summer, which include introductions to mountain biking and fly-fishing, hikes with rangers to see wildlife, kayaking and rafting and much more.
Can’t find an even in your area? Don’t let that stop you, here’s a link for Trails.com, enter the name of your City and it’ll locate hiking trails near you.