Journey to the Middle of Nowhere and Back: Afternoon Photo Tour


Join us on a backcountry wilderness tour filled with great sightseeing, photographic, and sketching opportunities. Our journey begins in the afternoon, at the foot of Santiago Dam and Irvine Lake, where you will board 4-wheel drive vehicles for an 11-to-17 mile tour of the hills surrounding Fremont Canyon.
We will stop frequently for 15-30 minutes or so to admire the views, take photos, sketch landscapes, and answer questions. From various vantage points (2,400 ft. elevation), you will view Lake Irvine, Orange County, Catalina Island (on a clear day), Los Angeles, Chino Hills and the San Bernardino Mountains.
 When not admiring the vistas, enjoy interesting rock formations, the wilderness setting, and rare Tecate Cypress. Depending on the season, fields of wildflowers will also present themselves.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-1 activity on the land.

At some of the stops, there will be opportunities for short walks and an option to enhance your experience with a hike (2 miles R/T, 300 ft. elevation gain) to the rock summit with views of four counties. An alternative, but similar, hiking trail my be used. Bring your camera equipment, sketchbook, or just enjoy the ride. Be prepared, as an observer, to accompany the Conservancy docents on narrow, winding, bumpy (dusty) dirt roads with steep hills and slick rock surfaces. 
The number of spaces is strictly limited.  Please be confident your schedule permits you to attend due to the limited spaces available.

Activity Details Led by IRC

Sunday, February 21, 2016
1:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Duration (hours:minutes):
OC Parks
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Staging Area:
Lot P - Irvine Regional Park
Minimum Age:
Spaces Left:

Registration is closed for this activity.