Activities and Programs

The activities below are offered by a variety of organizations and their dedicated volunteers. All programs are FREE unless noted below. Programs led by IRC-Certified Volunteers require pre-registration, which closes at 4 p.m. on the day prior to the event.  No walk-up registrations will be permitted for these events. For policies of other organizations, please use the sign-up information provided. For mobility device policies click here.

    Note: Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for these events. For programs requiring online registration, each adult and child must be registered.

Need help? For the fastest answers, look for organization-specific contact information in each event listing (click More Information for full listing). If no contact information is listed, email info@irconservancy.org for assistance.

Click here to learn more about IRC-Certified Volunteers.    •   Click here to learn more about the Difficulty Ratings.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Mesa Loop Exploration at the Library of the Canyons: 7:00 AM Entry Only

Special Events
Irvine Mesa Wildlife Monitoring IRC

Please print your auto-generated confirmation email from letsgooutside.org  before you arrive.

This is for the  7:00 AM Entry Only

Enjoy an opportunity for self-guided exploration of the Mesa Loop, which offers a panoramic view of Black Star Canyon, Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, and Cleveland National Forest. This trail is approximately 2.5 miles with a 300-foot elevation gain. You will travel through an oak woodland grove, smell the sweet sage fragrances of the coastal sagebrush, and enjoy panoramic vistas of Irvine Lake, Silverado Canyon, and the beauty of the Santa Ana Mountains as you reach the top of the Mesa. Your exploration begins at OC Parks’ Canyons Staging Area located at Library of the Canyons on Santiago Canyon Road. The trail is in a wilderness setting and includes uneven, steep, rugged, rocky, natural surfaces. Participants should prepare themselves for this environment by reviewing all the information below.

We suggest forwarding the confirmation email to your registered guests.

Enjoying the Day

Please note that you will be asked to adhere to the following protective measures during the activity in order to participate:

  • All participants are required to have a printed copy of their confirmation form for entry to this event. Please be registered in advance, no walk-up registration is permitted and there will not be on-site registration.
  • Participants are required to stay on designated trails at all times.  Reminder: The Mesa trail system has rare and sensitive habitat. Your responsible behavior helps ensure continued access. This area is characterized by certain inherent dangers including mountain lions, rattlesnakes, poisonous insects, poison oak, ticks, extremes in weather, loose rocks, and steep/rugged terrain. Your safety cannot be guaranteed.
  • Arrive with all necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail, including plenty of water, proper attire to protect you from the sun and closed-toe footwear, first aid, medications, hand sanitizer, etc. Please see Trail Tips on the Lets Go Outside website for more tips.
  • Maintain proper physical distancing, a minimum of 6 feet, between yourself and participants who are not in your household.
  • Bring and make use of recommended facial coverings while in the staging area and when on trail if you are unable to maintain 6′ of distance from others.
  • There will be one-way directional signs on the trail system. Follow these signs for the safety of all trail users at the event.

Other Important Notes:

  • Dogs are prohibited. A dog’s presence and lingering scent disturbs wildlife and disrupts vital routines long after a dog has left the area.
  • You may be prevented from participating if you do not adhere to the above protocols.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-2 activity on the land.

Learn more about the Canyons Staging Area

Mesa Loop Exploration at the Library of the Canyons: 7:00 AM Entry Only
Date:
Sun, 10/25/2020
Time:
7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
4 of 30
More Information  

Mesa Loop Exploration at the Library of the Canyons: 7:30 AM Entry Only

Special Events
Irvine Mesa Wildlife Monitoring IRC

Please print your auto-generated confirmation email from letsgooutside.org  before you arrive.

This is for the  7:30 AM Entry Only

Enjoy an opportunity for self-guided exploration of the Mesa Loop, which offers a panoramic view of Black Star Canyon, Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, and Cleveland National Forest. This trail is approximately 2.5 miles with a 300-foot elevation gain. You will travel through an oak woodland grove, smell the sweet sage fragrances of the coastal sagebrush, and enjoy panoramic vistas of Irvine Lake, Silverado Canyon, and the beauty of the Santa Ana Mountains as you reach the top of the Mesa. Your exploration begins at OC Parks’ Canyons Staging Area located at Library of the Canyons on Santiago Canyon Road. The trail is in a wilderness setting and includes uneven, steep, rugged, rocky, natural surfaces. Participants should prepare themselves for this environment by reviewing all the information below.

We suggest forwarding the confirmation email to your registered guests.

Enjoying the Day

Please note that you will be asked to adhere to the following protective measures during the activity in order to participate:

  • All participants are required to have a printed copy of their confirmation form for entry to this event. Please be registered in advance, no walk-up registration is permitted and there will not be on-site registration.
  • Participants are required to stay on designated trails at all times.  Reminder: The Mesa trail system has rare and sensitive habitat. Your responsible behavior helps ensure continued access. This area is characterized by certain inherent dangers including mountain lions, rattlesnakes, poisonous insects, poison oak, ticks, extremes in weather, loose rocks, and steep/rugged terrain. Your safety cannot be guaranteed.
  • Arrive with all necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail, including plenty of water, proper attire to protect you from the sun and closed-toe footwear, first aid, medications, hand sanitizer, etc. Please see Trail Tips on the Lets Go Outside website for more tips.
  • Maintain proper physical distancing, a minimum of 6 feet, between yourself and participants who are not in your household.
  • Bring and make use of recommended facial coverings while in the staging area and when on trail if you are unable to maintain 6′ of distance from others.
  • There will be one-way directional signs on the trail system. Follow these signs for the safety of all trail users at the event.

Other Important Notes:

  • Dogs are prohibited. A dog’s presence and lingering scent disturbs wildlife and disrupts vital routines long after a dog has left the area.
  • You may be prevented from participating if you do not adhere to the above protocols.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-2 activity on the land.

Learn more about the Canyons Staging Area

Mesa Loop Exploration at the Library of the Canyons: 7:30 AM Entry Only
Date:
Sun, 10/25/2020
Time:
7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
7 of 30
More Information  

Mesa Loop Exploration at the Library of the Canyons: 8:00 AM Entry Only

Special Events
Irvine Mesa Wildlife Monitoring IRC

Please print your auto-generated confirmation email from letsgooutside.org  before you arrive.

This is for the  8:00 AM Entry Only

Enjoy an opportunity for self-guided exploration of the Mesa Loop, which offers a panoramic view of Black Star Canyon, Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, and Cleveland National Forest. This trail is approximately 2.5 miles with a 300-foot elevation gain. You will travel through an oak woodland grove, smell the sweet sage fragrances of the coastal sagebrush, and enjoy panoramic vistas of Irvine Lake, Silverado Canyon, and the beauty of the Santa Ana Mountains as you reach the top of the Mesa. Your exploration begins at OC Parks’ Canyons Staging Area located at Library of the Canyons on Santiago Canyon Road. The trail is in a wilderness setting and includes uneven, steep, rugged, rocky, natural surfaces. Participants should prepare themselves for this environment by reviewing all the information below.

We suggest forwarding the confirmation email to your registered guests.

Enjoying the Day

Please note that you will be asked to adhere to the following protective measures during the activity in order to participate:

  • All participants are required to have a printed copy of their confirmation form for entry to this event. Please be registered in advance, no walk-up registration is permitted and there will not be on-site registration.
  • Participants are required to stay on designated trails at all times.  Reminder: The Mesa trail system has rare and sensitive habitat. Your responsible behavior helps ensure continued access. This area is characterized by certain inherent dangers including mountain lions, rattlesnakes, poisonous insects, poison oak, ticks, extremes in weather, loose rocks, and steep/rugged terrain. Your safety cannot be guaranteed.
  • Arrive with all necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail, including plenty of water, proper attire to protect you from the sun and closed-toe footwear, first aid, medications, hand sanitizer, etc. Please see Trail Tips on the Lets Go Outside website for more tips.
  • Maintain proper physical distancing, a minimum of 6 feet, between yourself and participants who are not in your household.
  • Bring and make use of recommended facial coverings while in the staging area and when on trail if you are unable to maintain 6′ of distance from others.
  • There will be one-way directional signs on the trail system. Follow these signs for the safety of all trail users at the event.

Other Important Notes:

  • Dogs are prohibited. A dog’s presence and lingering scent disturbs wildlife and disrupts vital routines long after a dog has left the area.
  • You may be prevented from participating if you do not adhere to the above protocols.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-2 activity on the land.

Learn more about the Canyons Staging Area

Mesa Loop Exploration at the Library of the Canyons: 8:00 AM Entry Only
Date:
Sun, 10/25/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
10 of 30
More Information  

Mesa Loop Exploration at the Library of the Canyons: 8:30 AM Entry Only

Special Events
Irvine Mesa Wildlife Monitoring IRC

Please print your auto-generated confirmation email from letsgooutside.org  before you arrive.

This is for the  8:30 AM Entry Only

Enjoy an opportunity for self-guided exploration of the Mesa Loop, which offers a panoramic view of Black Star Canyon, Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, and Cleveland National Forest. This trail is approximately 2.5 miles with a 300-foot elevation gain. You will travel through an oak woodland grove, smell the sweet sage fragrances of the coastal sagebrush, and enjoy panoramic vistas of Irvine Lake, Silverado Canyon, and the beauty of the Santa Ana Mountains as you reach the top of the Mesa. Your exploration begins at OC Parks’ Canyons Staging Area located at Library of the Canyons on Santiago Canyon Road. The trail is in a wilderness setting and includes uneven, steep, rugged, rocky, natural surfaces. Participants should prepare themselves for this environment by reviewing all the information below.

We suggest forwarding the confirmation email to your registered guests.

Enjoying the Day

Please note that you will be asked to adhere to the following protective measures during the activity in order to participate:

  • All participants are required to have a printed copy of their confirmation form for entry to this event. Please be registered in advance, no walk-up registration is permitted and there will not be on-site registration.
  • Participants are required to stay on designated trails at all times.  Reminder: The Mesa trail system has rare and sensitive habitat. Your responsible behavior helps ensure continued access. This area is characterized by certain inherent dangers including mountain lions, rattlesnakes, poisonous insects, poison oak, ticks, extremes in weather, loose rocks, and steep/rugged terrain. Your safety cannot be guaranteed.
  • Arrive with all necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail, including plenty of water, proper attire to protect you from the sun and closed-toe footwear, first aid, medications, hand sanitizer, etc. Please see Trail Tips on the Lets Go Outside website for more tips.
  • Maintain proper physical distancing, a minimum of 6 feet, between yourself and participants who are not in your household.
  • Bring and make use of recommended facial coverings while in the staging area and when on trail if you are unable to maintain 6′ of distance from others.
  • There will be one-way directional signs on the trail system. Follow these signs for the safety of all trail users at the event.

Other Important Notes:

  • Dogs are prohibited. A dog’s presence and lingering scent disturbs wildlife and disrupts vital routines long after a dog has left the area.
  • You may be prevented from participating if you do not adhere to the above protocols.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-2 activity on the land.

Learn more about the Canyons Staging Area

Mesa Loop Exploration at the Library of the Canyons: 8:30 AM Entry Only
Date:
Sun, 10/25/2020
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
More Information  

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Equestrian Only: Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon (8:00 AM Entry)

Special Events
horse horses

Pre-Registration for this event is required.

All participants are required to have a printed copy of their confirmation form to show proof of registration at the gate for this event.

You will need the confirmation form for you and your guests to enter the trail system. There will NOT be a registration table on site.

Please print your auto-generated confirmation email from letsgooutside.org  before you arrive.

8:00 AM Entry Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon

When you are unable to maintain 6′ of distance, a facial covering will be required on the trail system. Tips for your safety and others during COVID-19 can be found below.

Black Star Canyon offers pleasant introductory trails for beginner hikers and families as well as challenging experiences for seasoned trail users. Designated trails are available for self-guided hiking, biking and equestrian use. A variety of trail loops offer extended exploration throughout the canyons. Take time to explore the local plant communities and beautiful scenery in easy 30-minute walks or take in 7+ miles in a strong cardio trek. A new map is attached to your confirmation as some trails will be designated as one-way only due to COVID-19 guidelines.

Participants will want to plan their day successfully by using Trail Tips to prepare for your hike.

  • Maintain proper physical distancing, a minimum of 6 feet, between yourself and all other participants at all times.
  • A contact-less arrival system will be utilized to diminish touching and sharing items. There will be no on-site registration table. Bring a printed copy of your auto-generated confirmation email. You are required to show your confirmation.
  • Please bring plenty of water as there are no facilities in this wilderness setting on the trails and water will not be available at the staging area.
    • Rule of thumb: 1 liter or 32 ounces per hour, per person.
    • For longer or more strenuous hikes, carry a backpack or waist pack that can accommodate the amount of water you will need.
  • Please follow all County and State guidelines for COVID-19. You can learn more about facial covering guidelines here: Orange County Health Care Agency Guidelines
  • Please do not plan to gather, stopping to eat, or meet in groups.
  • There will be multiple one-way directional signs on the trail system. Please take the time to plan your route before you arrive. Follow the signs on the trails for the safety of all trail users at the event. Thank you for your cooperation. Black Star WAD Map COVID WebSize
  • Arrive with all necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail, proper attire, and footwear, first aid, medications, hand sanitizer, recommended facial covering, etc.
  • Restrooms will be available at the staging area only, but facilities will not be sanitized for each individual.

Please plan your day accordingly to all the guidelines provided.

 

Participants are required to stay on designated trails at all times. In addition to being a rare and sensitive habit, the Irvine Ranch Open Space is under strict protection. There are often unseen dangers just off-trail including, but not limited to: mountain lions, poison oak, ticks, poisonous spiders, and venomous snakes. IRC Volunteers will be on the trail to call the rangers for assistance, but will not be available to provide naturalist interpretation assistance. OC Parks Rangers may issue citations for visitors found off-trail so for your safety, please stay on the designated paths during your stay in Black Star Canyon.

Other Important Notes:

  • There will be staggered reservation starting times. Be sure to check your reservation time before arrival.
  • OC Park Rangers require all trails to be cleared for closure by 2:00pm.
  • No new trail users will be permitted onto the trails at least one hour prior to closing.
  • Dogs are prohibited on the Irvine Ranch Open Space. No matter how cute yours may be, by nature, dogs are predators; their presence and their lingering scent disturb the indigenous wildlife and disrupt vital routines long after a dog has left the area.
  • Minors, ages 18 and under, should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Adult mountain bikers and equestrians are requested to wear helmets. Minors are required to wear helmets per state law.
  • If you are an equestrian, there is a separate registration designated for you found at www.LetsGoOutside.org/activities and click under “Wilderness Access Day – Equestrians.” Once registered, please email info@irconservancy.org at least 72 hours prior to the event so that we may verify whether your trailer can be accommodated in our parking configuration. Trailer parking is very limited and is subject to “first come, first served.”
  • Inclement weather or fire danger will cause the program to be cancelled.

Multi-use trail etiquette: Please Remember that bikers yield to hikers and that bikers and hikers yield to equestrians. Click here for more trail tips.

To minimize the human impact on wildlife and their habitat, there may be unannounced trail closures or the rotation of areas being open and closed. This is an adaptive management approach to accommodate both the human users and wildlife needs.

To learn more about the staging areas and activity locations, please visit our Staging Areas Playlist page.

Equestrian Only: Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon (8:00 AM Entry)
Date:
Sat, 11/07/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 12:00am on 10/27/2020
More Information  

Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon (8:00 AM Entry)

Special Events

Pre-Registration for this event is required.

All participants are required to have a printed copy of their confirmation form to show proof of registration at the gate for this event.

You will need the confirmation form for you and your guests to enter the trail system. There will NOT be a registration table on site.

Please print your auto-generated confirmation email from letsgooutside.org  before you arrive.

8:00 AM Entry Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon

When you are unable to maintain 6′ of distance, a facial covering will be required on the trail system. Tips for your safety and others during COVID-19 can be found below.

Black Star Canyon offers pleasant introductory trails for beginner hikers and families as well as challenging experiences for seasoned trail users. Designated trails are available for self-guided hiking, biking and equestrian use. A variety of trail loops offer extended exploration throughout the canyons. Take time to explore the local plant communities and beautiful scenery in easy 30-minute walks or take in 7+ miles in a strong cardio trek. A new map is attached to your confirmation as some trails will be designated as one-way only due to COVID-19 guidelines.

Participants will want to plan their day successfully by using Trail Tips to prepare for your hike.

  • Maintain proper physical distancing, a minimum of 6 feet, between yourself and all other participants at all times.
  • A contact-less arrival system will be utilized to diminish touching and sharing items. There will be no on-site registration table. Bring a printed copy of your auto-generated confirmation email. You are required to show your confirmation.
  • Please bring plenty of water as there are no facilities in this wilderness setting on the trails and water will not be available at the staging area.
    • Rule of thumb: 1 liter or 32 ounces per hour, per person.
    • For longer or more strenuous hikes, carry a backpack or waist pack that can accommodate the amount of water you will need.
  • Please follow all County and State guidelines for COVID-19. You can learn more about facial covering guidelines here: Orange County Health Care Agency Guidelines
  • Please do not plan to gather, stopping to eat, or meet in groups.
  • There will be multiple one-way directional signs on the trail system. Please take the time to plan your route before you arrive. Follow the signs on the trails for the safety of all trail users at the event. Thank you for your cooperation. Black Star WAD Map COVID WebSize
  • Arrive with all necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail, proper attire, and footwear, first aid, medications, hand sanitizer, recommended facial covering, etc.
  • Restrooms will be available at the staging area only, but facilities will not be sanitized for each individual.

Please plan your day accordingly to all the guidelines provided.

 

Participants are required to stay on designated trails at all times. In addition to being a rare and sensitive habit, the Irvine Ranch Open Space is under strict protection. There are often unseen dangers just off-trail including, but not limited to: mountain lions, poison oak, ticks, poisonous spiders, and venomous snakes. IRC Volunteers will be on the trail to call the rangers for assistance, but will not be available to provide naturalist interpretation assistance. OC Parks Rangers may issue citations for visitors found off-trail so for your safety, please stay on the designated paths during your stay in Black Star Canyon.

Other Important Notes:

  • There will be staggered reservation starting times. Be sure to check your reservation time before arrival.
  • OC Park Rangers require all trails to be cleared for closure by 2:00pm.
  • No new trail users will be permitted onto the trails at least one hour prior to closing.
  • Dogs are prohibited on the Irvine Ranch Open Space. No matter how cute yours may be, by nature, dogs are predators; their presence and their lingering scent disturb the indigenous wildlife and disrupt vital routines long after a dog has left the area.
  • Minors, ages 18 and under, should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Adult mountain bikers and equestrians are requested to wear helmets. Minors are required to wear helmets per state law.
  • If you are an equestrian, there is a separate registration designated for you found at www.LetsGoOutside.org/activities and click under “Wilderness Access Day – Equestrians.” Once registered, please email info@irconservancy.org at least 72 hours prior to the event so that we may verify whether your trailer can be accommodated in our parking configuration. Trailer parking is very limited and is subject to “first come, first served.”
  • Inclement weather or fire danger will cause the program to be cancelled.

Multi-use trail etiquette: Please Remember that bikers yield to hikers and that bikers and hikers yield to equestrians. Click here for more trail tips.

To minimize the human impact on wildlife and their habitat, there may be unannounced trail closures or the rotation of areas being open and closed. This is an adaptive management approach to accommodate both the human users and wildlife needs.

To learn more about the staging areas and activity locations, please visit our Staging Areas Playlist page.

Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon (8:00 AM Entry)
Date:
Sat, 11/07/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 10/27/2020
More Information  

Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon (8:30 AM Entry)

Special Events

Pre-Registration for this event is required.

All participants are required to have a printed copy of their confirmation form to show proof of registration at the gate for this event.

You will need the confirmation form for you and your guests to enter the trail system. There will NOT be a registration table on site.

Please print your auto-generated confirmation email from letsgooutside.org  before you arrive.

8:30 AM Entry Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon

When you are unable to maintain 6′ of distance, a facial covering will be required on the trail system. Tips for your safety and others during COVID-19 can be found below.

Black Star Canyon offers pleasant introductory trails for beginner hikers and families as well as challenging experiences for seasoned trail users. Designated trails are available for self-guided hiking, biking and equestrian use. A variety of trail loops offer extended exploration throughout the canyons. Take time to explore the local plant communities and beautiful scenery in easy 30-minute walks or take in 7+ miles in a strong cardio trek. A new map is attached to your confirmation as some trails will be designated as one-way only due to COVID-19 guidelines.

Participants will want to plan their day successfully by using Trail Tips to prepare for your hike.

  • Maintain proper physical distancing, a minimum of 6 feet, between yourself and all other participants at all times.
  • A contact-less arrival system will be utilized to diminish touching and sharing items. There will be no on-site registration table. Bring a printed copy of your auto-generated confirmation email. You are required to show your confirmation.
  • Please bring plenty of water as there are no facilities in this wilderness setting on the trails and water will not be available at the staging area.
    • Rule of thumb: 1 liter or 32 ounces per hour, per person.
    • For longer or more strenuous hikes, carry a backpack or waist pack that can accommodate the amount of water you will need.
  • Please follow all County and State guidelines for COVID-19. You can learn more about facial covering guidelines here: Orange County Health Care Agency Guidelines
  • Please do not plan to gather, stopping to eat, or meet in groups.
  • There will be multiple one-way directional signs on the trail system. Please take the time to plan your route before you arrive. Follow the signs on the trails for the safety of all trail users at the event. Thank you for your cooperation. Black Star WAD Map COVID WebSize
  • Arrive with all necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail, proper attire, and footwear, first aid, medications, hand sanitizer, recommended facial covering, etc.
  • Restrooms will be available at the staging area only, but facilities will not be sanitized for each individual.

Please plan your day accordingly to all the guidelines provided.

 

Participants are required to stay on designated trails at all times. In addition to being a rare and sensitive habit, the Irvine Ranch Open Space is under strict protection. There are often unseen dangers just off-trail including, but not limited to: mountain lions, poison oak, ticks, poisonous spiders, and venomous snakes. IRC Volunteers will be on the trail to call the rangers for assistance, but will not be available to provide naturalist interpretation assistance. OC Parks Rangers may issue citations for visitors found off-trail so for your safety, please stay on the designated paths during your stay in Black Star Canyon.

Other Important Notes:

  • There will be staggered reservation starting times. Be sure to check your reservation time before arrival.
  • OC Park Rangers require all trails to be cleared for closure by 2:00pm.
  • No new trail users will be permitted onto the trails at least one hour prior to closing.
  • Dogs are prohibited on the Irvine Ranch Open Space. No matter how cute yours may be, by nature, dogs are predators; their presence and their lingering scent disturb the indigenous wildlife and disrupt vital routines long after a dog has left the area.
  • Minors, ages 18 and under, should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Adult mountain bikers and equestrians are requested to wear helmets. Minors are required to wear helmets per state law.
  • If you are an equestrian, there is a separate registration designated for you found at www.LetsGoOutside.org/activities and click under “Wilderness Access Day – Equestrians.” Once registered, please email info@irconservancy.org at least 72 hours prior to the event so that we may verify whether your trailer can be accommodated in our parking configuration. Trailer parking is very limited and is subject to “first come, first served.”
  • Inclement weather or fire danger will cause the program to be cancelled.

Multi-use trail etiquette: Please Remember that bikers yield to hikers and that bikers and hikers yield to equestrians. Click here for more trail tips.

To minimize the human impact on wildlife and their habitat, there may be unannounced trail closures or the rotation of areas being open and closed. This is an adaptive management approach to accommodate both the human users and wildlife needs.

To learn more about the staging areas and activity locations, please visit our Staging Areas Playlist page.

Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon (8:30 AM Entry)
Date:
Sat, 11/07/2020
Time:
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 10/27/2020
More Information  

Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon (9:00 AM Entry)

Special Events

Pre-Registration for this event is required.

All participants are required to have a printed copy of their confirmation form to show proof of registration at the gate for this event.

You will need the confirmation form for you and your guests to enter the trail system. There will NOT be a registration table on site.

Please print your auto-generated confirmation email from letsgooutside.org  before you arrive.

9:00 AM Entry Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon

When you are unable to maintain 6′ of distance, a facial covering will be required on the trail system. Tips for your safety and others during COVID-19 can be found below.

Black Star Canyon offers pleasant introductory trails for beginner hikers and families as well as challenging experiences for seasoned trail users. Designated trails are available for self-guided hiking, biking and equestrian use. A variety of trail loops offer extended exploration throughout the canyons. Take time to explore the local plant communities and beautiful scenery in easy 30-minute walks or take in 7+ miles in a strong cardio trek. A new map is attached to your confirmation as some trails will be designated as one-way only due to COVID-19 guidelines.

Participants will want to plan their day successfully by using Trail Tips to prepare for your hike.

  • Maintain proper physical distancing, a minimum of 6 feet, between yourself and all other participants at all times.
  • A contact-less arrival system will be utilized to diminish touching and sharing items. There will be no on-site registration table. Bring a printed copy of your auto-generated confirmation email. You are required to show your confirmation.
  • Please bring plenty of water as there are no facilities in this wilderness setting on the trails and water will not be available at the staging area.
    • Rule of thumb: 1 liter or 32 ounces per hour, per person.
    • For longer or more strenuous hikes, carry a backpack or waist pack that can accommodate the amount of water you will need.
  • Please follow all County and State guidelines for COVID-19. You can learn more about facial covering guidelines here: Orange County Health Care Agency Guidelines
  • Please do not plan to gather, stopping to eat, or meet in groups.
  • There will be multiple one-way directional signs on the trail system. Please take the time to plan your route before you arrive. Follow the signs on the trails for the safety of all trail users at the event. Thank you for your cooperation. Black Star WAD Map COVID WebSize
  • Arrive with all necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail, proper attire, and footwear, first aid, medications, hand sanitizer, recommended facial covering, etc.
  • Restrooms will be available at the staging area only, but facilities will not be sanitized for each individual.

Please plan your day accordingly to all the guidelines provided.

 

Participants are required to stay on designated trails at all times. In addition to being a rare and sensitive habit, the Irvine Ranch Open Space is under strict protection. There are often unseen dangers just off-trail including, but not limited to: mountain lions, poison oak, ticks, poisonous spiders, and venomous snakes. IRC Volunteers will be on the trail to call the rangers for assistance, but will not be available to provide naturalist interpretation assistance. OC Parks Rangers may issue citations for visitors found off-trail so for your safety, please stay on the designated paths during your stay in Black Star Canyon.

Other Important Notes:

  • There will be staggered reservation starting times. Be sure to check your reservation time before arrival.
  • OC Park Rangers require all trails to be cleared for closure by 2:00pm.
  • No new trail users will be permitted onto the trails at least one hour prior to closing.
  • Dogs are prohibited on the Irvine Ranch Open Space. No matter how cute yours may be, by nature, dogs are predators; their presence and their lingering scent disturb the indigenous wildlife and disrupt vital routines long after a dog has left the area.
  • Minors, ages 18 and under, should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Adult mountain bikers and equestrians are requested to wear helmets. Minors are required to wear helmets per state law.
  • If you are an equestrian, there is a separate registration designated for you found at www.LetsGoOutside.org/activities and click under “Wilderness Access Day – Equestrians.” Once registered, please email info@irconservancy.org at least 72 hours prior to the event so that we may verify whether your trailer can be accommodated in our parking configuration. Trailer parking is very limited and is subject to “first come, first served.”
  • Inclement weather or fire danger will cause the program to be cancelled.

Multi-use trail etiquette: Please Remember that bikers yield to hikers and that bikers and hikers yield to equestrians. Click here for more trail tips.

To minimize the human impact on wildlife and their habitat, there may be unannounced trail closures or the rotation of areas being open and closed. This is an adaptive management approach to accommodate both the human users and wildlife needs.

To learn more about the staging areas and activity locations, please visit our Staging Areas Playlist page.

Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon (9:00 AM Entry)
Date:
Sat, 11/07/2020
Time:
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 10/27/2020
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Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon (9:30 AM Entry)

Special Events

Pre-Registration for this event is required.

All participants are required to have a printed copy of their confirmation form to show proof of registration at the gate for this event.

You will need the confirmation form for you and your guests to enter the trail system. There will NOT be a registration table on site.

Please print your auto-generated confirmation email from letsgooutside.org  before you arrive.

9:30 AM Entry Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon

When you are unable to maintain 6′ of distance, a facial covering will be required on the trail system. Tips for your safety and others during COVID-19 can be found below.

Black Star Canyon offers pleasant introductory trails for beginner hikers and families as well as challenging experiences for seasoned trail users. Designated trails are available for self-guided hiking, biking and equestrian use. A variety of trail loops offer extended exploration throughout the canyons. Take time to explore the local plant communities and beautiful scenery in easy 30-minute walks or take in 7+ miles in a strong cardio trek. A new map is attached to your confirmation as some trails will be designated as one-way only due to COVID-19 guidelines.

Participants will want to plan their day successfully by using Trail Tips to prepare for your hike.

  • Maintain proper physical distancing, a minimum of 6 feet, between yourself and all other participants at all times.
  • A contact-less arrival system will be utilized to diminish touching and sharing items. There will be no on-site registration table. Bring a printed copy of your auto-generated confirmation email. You are required to show your confirmation.
  • Please bring plenty of water as there are no facilities in this wilderness setting on the trails and water will not be available at the staging area.
    • Rule of thumb: 1 liter or 32 ounces per hour, per person.
    • For longer or more strenuous hikes, carry a backpack or waist pack that can accommodate the amount of water you will need.
  • Please follow all County and State guidelines for COVID-19. You can learn more about facial covering guidelines here: Orange County Health Care Agency Guidelines
  • Please do not plan to gather, stopping to eat, or meet in groups.
  • There will be multiple one-way directional signs on the trail system. Please take the time to plan your route before you arrive. Follow the signs on the trails for the safety of all trail users at the event. Thank you for your cooperation. Black Star WAD Map COVID WebSize
  • Arrive with all necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail, proper attire, and footwear, first aid, medications, hand sanitizer, recommended facial covering, etc.
  • Restrooms will be available at the staging area only, but facilities will not be sanitized for each individual.

Please plan your day accordingly to all the guidelines provided.

 

Participants are required to stay on designated trails at all times. In addition to being a rare and sensitive habit, the Irvine Ranch Open Space is under strict protection. There are often unseen dangers just off-trail including, but not limited to: mountain lions, poison oak, ticks, poisonous spiders, and venomous snakes. IRC Volunteers will be on the trail to call the rangers for assistance, but will not be available to provide naturalist interpretation assistance. OC Parks Rangers may issue citations for visitors found off-trail so for your safety, please stay on the designated paths during your stay in Black Star Canyon.

Other Important Notes:

  • There will be staggered reservation starting times. Be sure to check your reservation time before arrival.
  • OC Park Rangers require all trails to be cleared for closure by 2:00pm.
  • No new trail users will be permitted onto the trails at least one hour prior to closing.
  • Dogs are prohibited on the Irvine Ranch Open Space. No matter how cute yours may be, by nature, dogs are predators; their presence and their lingering scent disturb the indigenous wildlife and disrupt vital routines long after a dog has left the area.
  • Minors, ages 18 and under, should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Adult mountain bikers and equestrians are requested to wear helmets. Minors are required to wear helmets per state law.
  • If you are an equestrian, there is a separate registration designated for you found at www.LetsGoOutside.org/activities and click under “Wilderness Access Day – Equestrians.” Once registered, please email info@irconservancy.org at least 72 hours prior to the event so that we may verify whether your trailer can be accommodated in our parking configuration. Trailer parking is very limited and is subject to “first come, first served.”
  • Inclement weather or fire danger will cause the program to be cancelled.

Multi-use trail etiquette: Please Remember that bikers yield to hikers and that bikers and hikers yield to equestrians. Click here for more trail tips.

To minimize the human impact on wildlife and their habitat, there may be unannounced trail closures or the rotation of areas being open and closed. This is an adaptive management approach to accommodate both the human users and wildlife needs.

To learn more about the staging areas and activity locations, please visit our Staging Areas Playlist page.

Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon (9:30 AM Entry)
Date:
Sat, 11/07/2020
Time:
9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 10/27/2020
More Information