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Hikes & Bikes

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If for some reason you can’t make it out to visit one of our National Parks this weekend to celebrate our National Park’s 100th birthday, here’s a few local hikes and a intermediate bike ride you can take part in.

These guided hikes and the bike ride are all courtesy of our Orange County Parks and are all FREE – just cover the parking!

Saturday, August 27, 2106

Intermediate Bike Ride: Shoestring Canyon, Loma Ridge, to the Back Side of The Sinks – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Join a strenuous, extremely challenging early morning mountain bike ride through Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. Riders will visit the East Sinks Viewing Deck and gain beautiful vistas of Agua Chinon Canyon and beyond.

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Driving directions will be provided after registration.
  • For more events in Limestone Canyon,click here.


Online Registration

Date:  8/27/2016
Time:  6:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Laurel Loop Geology Hike – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Enjoy an afternoon of unspoiled canyon views and learn about the geology of this area.  The rocks and fossils reveal fascinating stories about the park’s ancient environments. This will be a 3.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (600-ft. elevation gain).

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Rd, just south of El Toro Rd intersection).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.


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Date:  8/27/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Walk with a Naturalist – O’Neill Regional Park
Join O’Neill Regional Park naturalists and learn about the animals and nature of Trabuco Canyon. This will be a light to moderate walk on mostly paved roads.

  • All ages welcome.
  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle

Event is conditional on the weather.

Date:  8/27/2016
Time:  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Guided Nature Hike – Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Join the Park Ranger for a one mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages.

  • Contact park office for hike updates.
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle (day use fee).
  • Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area.
Date:  8/28/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Bird Walk – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Spot year-round and summer resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 2-mile hike over uneven, sometimes steep terrain (up to 200-ft. elevation gain) through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States.

  • For ages 12 and up (minors must be accompanied by an adult).
  • Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just south of El Toro Road).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.


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Date:  8/28/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
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Pokémon Go Hike

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Here’s a fun hike for all you gamers out there! Get your game on at this upcoming Pokémon Go Hike. This 4 mile hike in Whiting Ranch does require reservations and there are still a few spots available, so act quick! 

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Come mingle with other like-minded gamers while you explore the great outdoors. Join us at the active Poké Stops at the Whiting Ranch trailhead with three Poké Stops waiting for you. Arrive early to grab an egg from the Poké Stops or join us with one from a previous stop.

As you incubate your egg, venture out and see Mother Nature’s own version of Beedrill, Rattata, Spearow, Ekans and the elusive Persian. Along the way, learn which plant Pikachu would have used to name the city of Hollywood, and the plant that Muk would use to cover up his obnoxious odor. Keep an eye out for poison oak and hear about nature’s remedy should you get tangled up in it during your search for Ditto, the most powerful Pokémon.

Pokémon Go is a location-based augmented reality game that allows iOS and Android users to locate, capture, train and battle virtual creatures known as Pokémon. Come with the Pokémon app downloaded on your smart phone and at least one or two Pokémon finds.  And definitely have your smart phone charged up to the max..

  • When: Sunday, August 21, 2016 from 9:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Where: Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park – Borrego Parking Area
  • Cost: FREE – parking fees will apply.

Visit Letsgooutside.org to register

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A Hike for Dodgers Fans

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I know usually focus on hikes in Orange County but this one is so cool I couldn’t help but post it. If you’re a Dodgers Fan – this is the hike for you! Dress in Dodger Blue, get your hiking boots, pack your snacks and plenty of water. Everyone’s Dodgers Hike  has a meetup coming up at Griffith Park.

The hikes are an average of 6 Miles and take approximately 3 Hours. Hikes are at an intermediate level and trail running or hiking shoes are mandatory.

  • When: Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 – meet at 6:30 am, hike begins at 6:45 am
  • Where: Griffith Park Merry Go Round Parking Lot 1, 4730 Crystal Springs Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90027
  • Cost: FREE

If you want a nice place to grab a lunch and relax after the hike give “The Trails Cafe” a try.

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This place has such an awesome vibe and they have a great selection of vegetarian and Vegan options, coffees and amazing pie.

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Hike, Bike or Run

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Hike, Bike or Run the trails this weekend at one of our beautiful OC Parks – there is something for everyone this weekend.

If the idea of walking slowly and learning about local Flora & Fauna, taking part in an Intermediate Mountain Bike ride, running through some trails or mediating in nature on the first day of spring is for you – an Orange County Parks Staff member will guide you through.

As always – these a and activities are FREE, just cover the parking! No excuses – #getoutthere and explore.

Saturday, March 19, 2106

The OC Chili Winter Trail Run Series – O’Neill Regional Park
The OC Chili Winter Trail Run Series will keep you motivated to stay fit during the winter months.
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Date:  3/19/2016
Time:  7:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Geology Hike – Aliso & Wood Canyons Park
Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 4-mile geology hike (600-ft. elevation gain) over steep and uneven terrain. Hike through the oak-filled woodland of Wood Canyon and continue to the park’s highest peak. We will pass by rock formations that tell of ancient floods, landslides and the building of a great shell-filled limestone reef. This hike is not for beginners!

  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Glenwood [turns into Pacific Park] and right on Canyon Vistas. Meet at the entrance to Canyon View Park).
  • Bring water, hiking shoes (hiking poles suggested), snacks, the field guides of your choice, and a sense of adventure!
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun.
  • For ages 15 and up.
  • Parking: Free.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


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Date:  3/19/2016
Time:  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Explore the Bay Family Hike – Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
An easy hike for families of all ages to learn more about Upper Newport Bay and enjoy its trails. 

  • Hike will be on paved and dirt trails
  • Bring sun protection and water
  • Meet on the patio of the Muth Interpretive Center
  • No fee or pre-registration required
Date:  3/19/2016
Time:  10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
The Flora and Fauna of Weir Canyon – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Hike through the beautiful oak woodlands of Weir Canyon Nature Preserve, a protected wilderness area home to a wide variety of wildlife including mule deer, bobcat, coyotes, red-tailed hawks and more. Learn about the native flora of the canyon that sustains the native wildlife.

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Driving directions will be provided after registration.
  • For more activities in Weir Canyon Nature Preserve, click here.


Online Registration

Date:  3/19/2016
Time:  9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Guided Nature Hike – Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Join the Park Ranger for a one mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages.

  • Contact park office for hike updates.
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle (day use fee).
  • Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area.
Date:  3/20/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Introduction to Mountain Biking –  Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer Mountain Bike Trail Assistants on this beautiful 8-mile bike ride (400-ft. elevation gain) on uneven terrain. Learn mountain biking basics and trail etiquette while enjoying the canyon views.

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area. Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Road, east to end, meet at the gate.
  • Please come prepared with a bike suitable for off-pavement riding, sturdy shoes, helmet, gloves, water and snack.
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: Free.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


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Date:  3/20/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Intermediate Mountain Biking – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Catch beautiful canyon views on this 10-mile ride over steep and uneven terrain (1,600-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.

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area. Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Road, east to end: meet at the gate.
  • Must have helmet, gloves, hydration; a snack is strongly suggested. Be prepared for varied weather in the canyons.
  • This bike ride is not for beginners.
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


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Date:  3/20/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

 

Meditating in Nature – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Relax in nature on the first daytime in spring with park staff and Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.  Enjoy a short walking meditation (1/2 mile), breathing and energization exercises, and sitting meditation.

  • Bring a blanket, pillow, and clothing in layers in case the evening is cool.
  • No experience necessary.
  • Ages 16 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.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


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Date:  3/20/2016
Time:  5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
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Happy 40th Anniversary Carbon Canyon!

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Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of Carbon Canyon Regional Park and the planting of the Redwood Grove.

This free, family-friendly event offers something for everyone: crafts for kids, a balloon artist and a face painter. Inside the Outdoors will also be giving a live animal presentation. Ranger-led hikes to the Redwood Grove will be offered at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Participate in the hike and get a prize! Participants include: California State Parks, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Olinda Museum, Hills for Everyone and Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks. A historian will also be on site to give a brief history of Carbon Canyon.

  • When: Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Where: Carbon Canyon Regional Park, 4442 Carbon Canyon Road Brea, CA 92823
  • Cost: FREE

Please call to register: (714) 973-3160 or email carboncanyon@ocparks.com

Visit OCParks.com for more information.

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Take your Little Ones on a Treeventure

Nix Nature Center
Nix Nature Center

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation Volunteers and OC Parks staff to explore our local trees and the wildlife that uses them.  Enjoy a tree story, a tree song, a tree-venture, a tree-snack, and decorate your own tree necklace!  An easy half-mile walk.

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, this month at 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).
  • Friday, January 2, 2015
  • 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Ages 3 and up.
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri, 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3/vehicle

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Clark Regional Park offers More than Meets the Eye

wpid-2014-12-19_11.00.24.jpgClark Regional Park offers a an awesome event for kids (and their parents) to see the park through the eyes of a Ranger in their “More than Meets the Eye” program.

Come and discover the hidden clues of where the animals are in the park and what animals ruled the land in Clark Park 10,000 years ago and what animals rule today.

 Start the event with a visit with Rangers at a Share and Show Exhibit located at Clark Park’s Fossil Museum front patio from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., then discover the secrets of Clark Park.

They’ll guide you on a moderate, 30-minute, ¾-of-a-mile hike that will  led you past Elephant and Camel Hill and up Camel Hill and loop back to the starting point.

  • Parking: $5 per vehicle.
  • Share and Show Exhibit: NO FEE.
  • Fun activities will be available for both children and adults.
  • Reservations are not required.

Visit the Clark Interpretive Center/Paleontology Museum while your there. This paleontology museum is an awesome little gem full of prehistoric facts about Orange County. Be sure to look at the 9 million year old baleen whale skeleton (one of the only complete Ice Age fossils in existence).

Admission is always FREE!

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  • Sunday, December 28, 2014
  • 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m..
  • Event is FREE, parking is $5.00

Clark Regional Park
8800 Rosecrans Ave.
Buena Park, CA 90621
(714) 973-3170 or (714) 973-6618
clarkpark@ocparks.com

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More than Meets the Eye

Would you like see a park through the eyes of a Ranger? Discover the hidden clues of where the animals are in the park. .

Find out what animals ruled the land in Clark Park 10,000 years ago and what animals rule today in their More than Meets the Eye program.

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You’ll start with a visit with Rangers at a Share and Show Exhibit located at Clark Park’s Fossil Museum front patio from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and discover the secrets of Clark Park.

Take a moderate, 30-minute, ¾-of-a-mile, Ranger-led nature that will begin at the Share and Show Exhibit then walk past Elephant and Camel Hill and up Camel Hill, the highest point of Clark Park before looping back to the starting point.

  • Parking: $5 per vehicle.
  • Share and Show Exhibit: NO FEE.
  • Fun activities will be available for both children and adults.
  • Reservations are not required.

Be sure to get there early so you visit can take in the awesome Clark Interpretive Center – Paleontology Museum.The paleontology museum is full of prehistoric facts for Orange County through exhibits and fossils featuring a 9 million year old baleen whale skeleton.

The skelton is reputed to be one of the only complete ice age whale fossils in existence and we have it right here in Orange County! You can also observe scientists and volunteers excavate and prepare fossil specimens for study and educational exhibits.

Admission is FREE!

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  • Sunday, November 30, 2014
  • 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m..
  • Event is FREE, parking is $5.00

Clark Regional Park
8800 Rosecrans Ave.
Buena Park, CA 90621
(714) 973-3170 or (714) 973-6618
clarkpark@ocparks.com

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There’s More than Meets the Eye

On Sunday, August 31, 2014, be ready to see Clark Park through the eyes of a Park Ranger as they lead you on a moderate 3/4 mile (30 minute) hike as you look for clues and find out where all  the animals are.

 Start by visiting with the Ranger at the Share and Show exhibit at Clark Park’s Fossil Museum (Los Coyotes Paleontology Museum) front patio for some history, find out what animals lived in the park 10,000 years ago, the animals that rule the park today and find out some of the secrets of the Clark Park. There will be fun actives for both adults and children alike.

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  • August 31, 2014
  • 1:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
  • Event is FREE, parking is $5.00

Clark Regional Park
8800 Rosecrans Ave.
Buena Park, CA 90621
(714) 973-3170 or (714) 973-6618
clarkpark@ocparks.com

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A variety of recreational activities are available at Ralph B. Clark Park. These include large shaded picnic areas, hiking and biking trails, and children’s playground areas. Children of all ages can enjoy fishing in the stocked three acre lake. Four tennis courts are located within the park and the amphitheater which overlooks the lake.

 

The Interpretive Center, which opened in September of 1988, contains a paleontology museum that provides an educational view of prehistoric Orange County through exhibits, programs and guided tours. Also the opportunity is provided to watch scientists and volunteers excavate and prepare fossil specimens for study and educational exhibits.

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Redwood Grove Hike at Carbon Canyon Regional Park

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.

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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 carboncanyon@ocparks.com. Parking: $5 per vehicle.

Redwood Grove Hike

Carbon Canyon Regional Park

4442 Carbon Canyon Rd.

Brea CA 92823

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