Join us on a back-country wilderness tour filled with great sightseeing, photographic, and sketching opportunities. Our journey begins 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 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-2 activity on the land.
Registration will open on January 10 for this activity, please check back soon!
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 may 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.
Registration is closed for this activity.