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Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Dripping Springs Trail Restoration

Stewardship
Dripping Springs Trail Restoration

Spend the morning watering and mulching Coast Live Oak seedlings within a beautiful oak woodland and then hike to Dripping Springs, a natural water source dripping out of an earthquake fault and down a gorgeous fern-covered rock face. Your work on the trail will benefit the rare plants and animals that this unique feature supports!

Dripping Springs Trail Restoration
Date:
Tue, 07/23/2024
Time:
8:00 am - 11:30 am
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 07/08/2024
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Evening Hike on Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
Evening Hike on Hicks Haul Road

Enjoy an evening hike through stunning rock formations and fragrant native plants as you listen to the sounds of nature. This hike in the Irvine Open Space Preserve is done at an easy walking pace. This out-and-back program travels 3.5 miles round trip to scenic Loma Ridge and back down. Please bring a red-tinted flashlight as the return portion of the hike may be after sunset.

Evening Hike on Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Tue, 07/23/2024
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 07/08/2024
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Limestone Canyon Night Ride

Mountain Biking
Limestone Canyon Night Ride

Join us for a night mountain bike ride through Limestone Canyon, part of OCParks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space. This should not be your first night ride. Bring adequate lights, jacket, plenty of water, spare tubes, tools and all other equipment to be self-sufficient on the trails. We will ride approximately 11 miles, with 1500′ of climbing along singletrack trails and ranch roads. Hopefully we will see some of our local nocturnal critters.

 Motorized recreation vehicles of any class or type are not permitted for use in the Nature Preserve.

Limestone Canyon Night Ride
Date:
Tue, 07/23/2024
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
11 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 07/08/2024
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Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Biking the Bay

Mountain Biking
Biking the Bay

Join OC Parks for an interpretive bike ride around Upper Newport Bay! Participants will have the opportunity to get their heart rate up and pedal around the Bay, all while learning about local ecology and history.

This moderately-paced ride will cover a 10 mile section of the Back Bay Loop trail over the course of 2 and a half hours. We will remain on the paved portion of the trail and will have interpretative stops along the way.

Participants must provide their own bike and helmet. Please note that the pace and talking points are geared towards individuals aged 14 and up. Minors must have a parent/guardian present at all times.

Distance: 10 miles
Elevation Change: 155 feet

Advance registration required. Rain or adverse weather will cancel the event.

Biking the Bay
Date:
Wed, 07/24/2024
Time:
7:30 am - 10:00 am
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 6:00am on 06/24/2024
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Nature Meditation Walk

Hiking & Fitness
Nature Meditation Walk

Do you want to unplug and relax into nature? Come on a “Nature Meditation Walk.” Join a Naturalist on a guided walk to truly be outside and allow your natural sense of wonder to take you to a mindful space outside.

We will walk (less than 1 mile) and take stops along the way to engage in playful, “invitations,” activities, to deepen our connection with the outside world and ourselves. Our walk will end with a tea ceremony (local herbs and honey) of reciprocity, a segue from the special, quiet space we share on our walk, back to the busy world.

Disclaimer: This program involves making and drinking tea made from sustainably sourced native plants. If you have food allergies or sensitivities, please be sure to notify park staff upon arrival.

Please wear close-toed shoes, sun protection, and bring water. A yoga mat or portable chair is suggested. Sitting materials will be provided for those who need it. For the program, expect to quiet your cellphones.

Recommended for ages 10 and older. No experience necessary!

Pre-registration on lagunacanyon.org is required for this event. No walk-ups. Register here. Each participant must register individually. For group registration or questions, please email volunteer@lagunacanyon.org.

Parking is $3.

We will begin on the patio of Nix Nature Center. This is a 2-hour program. Please note that adverse weather may cancel the program.

Nature Meditation Walk
Date:
Wed, 07/24/2024
Time:
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
10
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Plants Among Us: Learning About Plants at Saddleback

Interpretive
Plants Among Us: Learning About Plants at Saddleback

Curious to learn about the plants among us, who’s sus and who’s not? Join us for a hike at Saddleback, part of the Irvine Open Space Preserve, where we’ll look at local flora, talk about native and non-native species, and learn how different plants impact our ecosystems. Learning to identify plants, both native and non-native, is a great way to cultivate knowledge about local flora and fauna!

This activity is geared towards participants who are curious about our local plants and ecosystem. Please bring water and all items needed to keep you safe during our walk. Hats and sunscreen are highly recommended as there is no shade along this route.

Plants Among Us: Learning About Plants at Saddleback
Date:
Wed, 07/24/2024
Time:
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Where:
Saddleback Wilderness
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
6
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 07/09/2024
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After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Join us every Wednesday night in OC Parks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space for a fitness-focused hike on the paved Hicks Haul Road. During the spring, summer and fall, hikers will enjoy wonderful sunset views and a panoramic overview of Orange County. This hike travels about 3.5 miles, up to the top of Loma Ridge and back down. The hike is conducted at an average of 3-3.5 miles per hour, but you may travel a bit faster or slower, at a walk, run, or jog depending on your comfort level. Most participants finish the route in about 1 hour. Because of the paved surface of the road, you may wear regular running or walking shoes. Trail shoes are fine, but not required. Please bring adequate water.

After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Wed, 07/24/2024
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 07/09/2024
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Thursday, July 25, 2024

Thursday Morning Trek: Quail Hill

Hiking & Fitness
Thursday Morning Trek: Quail Hill

This week in the Irvine Open Space Preserve, we’ll be in Quail Hill, once part of the historic Irvine cattle ranch. The hike is seven and a half miles with some climbing, but rewards you with fantastic views overlooking Laguna Canyon and many Irvine locales. Please bring water, a trail snack, sunscreen, hat and any other necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail. Get your boots out and register to hike the Quail Trail and Shady Canyon singletrack trails.

Thursday Morning Trek: Quail Hill
Date:
Thu, 07/25/2024
Time:
7:00 am - 10:30 am
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
7.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 07/10/2024
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Fitness Hike – Canyon View

Hiking & Fitness
Fitness Hike – Canyon View

Please be aware this is a Fitness Hike and not for beginners; the pace is approximately a 19-minute mile. Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, moderately paced, 6.2-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (800-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.

Please note the following safety precautions and protocols:

Pre-registration on lagunacanyon.org is required for this event. No walk-ups. Register here.
Each participant must register individually. For group registration or questions, please email volunteer@lagunacanyon.org.
Group sizes will be minimized for safety purposes.
Each individual adult must sign the liability waiver – provided by the lead volunteers – when they arrive at the event.
Participants must be at least 16 years old and those younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. A waiver, provided on arrival, must be signed by each participant at the start of the program.
Participants must bring plenty of water, closed-toed hiking shoes, and sun protection.
In an effort to protect all employees, volunteers, and participants, please do not attend if you are not feeling well, have symptoms of illness or have been in contact with someone who was ill.

Location: Meet at Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area. From Pacific Park/Canyon Vistas intersection, go northwest on Canyon Vistas. Park legally (note street signs) on or near Canyon Vistas, preferably between Coastal Oak and Madia (22144 region of Canyon Vistas). We will meet on the paved sidewalk easement leading toward Wood Canyon Trail.

Please note: Wet and muddy trail conditions may lead to cancellation of this event.

Fitness Hike – Canyon View
Date:
Thu, 07/25/2024
Time:
8:30 am - 11:00 am
Where:
Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
16
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Evening Hike on Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
Evening Hike on Hicks Haul Road

Enjoy an evening hike through stunning rock formations and fragrant native plants as you listen to the sounds of nature. This hike in the Irvine Open Space Preserve is done at an easy walking pace. This out-and-back program travels 3.5 miles round trip to scenic Loma Ridge and back down. Please bring a red-tinted flashlight as the return portion of the hike may be after sunset.

Evening Hike on Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Thu, 07/25/2024
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 07/10/2024
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Friday, July 26, 2024

Fourth Friday Habitat Restoration in Buck Gully

Stewardship
Fourth Friday Habitat Restoration in Buck Gully

Birds and other wildlife need healthy habitat to thrive. Simple things like planting native plants or removing non-native plants can greatly improve habitat for wildlife. You can be part of that positive impact while enjoying the beauty of Buck Gully near Newport Beach. Come help us with a variety of activities ranging from seed collection to weeding invasive plants.

This activity takes place on sloped terrain and sturdy hiking boots are highly recommended. All training, tools, and gloves will be provided to ensure your safety and comfort. Rattlesnakes are occasionally seen here and generally avoid people, but protective gear will be provided.

Fourth Friday Habitat Restoration in Buck Gully
Date:
Fri, 07/26/2024
Time:
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Where:
Buck Gully Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 07/11/2024
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Morning Mountain Bike Ride at Gypsum Canyon Wilderness

Mountain Biking
Morning Mountain Bike Ride at Gypsum Canyon Wilderness

Join us for an intermediate-level ride on OC Parks’ newest trails in the recently opened Gypsum Canyon Wilderness!

This ride will be moderately paced and include a mix of sustained singletrack climbs and fun twisty descents. The ride will reach a summit with panoramic views of Gypsum Canyon and surrounding areas. Periodic breaks and trailside interpretation will be sprinkled in along the way. This ride will cover between six and seven miles with 900 feet of elevation gain.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this Level 3 activity on the land. Motorized recreation vehicles of any class or type are not permitted for use in the park and participants must provide their own mountain bikes to participate.

Participants should come prepared with water, snacks, sun protection and any other gear needed for a ride in a remote area. Minors must be experienced and capable riders, wear helmets and be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times to participate. Rain or adverse weather conditions will cancel the program.

Advance registration required.

Morning Mountain Bike Ride at Gypsum Canyon Wilderness
Date:
Fri, 07/26/2024
Time:
8:00 am - 10:30 am
Where:
Gypsum Canyon Wilderness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 12:00am on 07/12/2024
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Summer Morning Yoga Hike at Quail Hill

Hiking & Fitness
Summer Morning Yoga Hike at Quail Hill

Enjoy a five mile out and back hike to warm up your legs before experiencing a gentle flow yoga practice in nature. The hike is highlighted with a short but steep climb at a medium pace and takes us to a 360 degree view of the Quail Hill neighborhood. The yoga is suitable for those with little or no experience; slower in pace and gentle in practice. Our focus on breath calms the nervous system and has positive effects on mental, emotional and physical health. If you have never done a yoga hike before you will be surprised how connected you feel to nature. Please bring water, your own yoga mat plus a large beach towel, and wear shoes appropriate for hiking on trails.

Summer Morning Yoga Hike at Quail Hill
Date:
Fri, 07/26/2024
Time:
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 07/11/2024
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Nature Journaling at Clark Park: Sounds of Summer

Interpretive
Nature Journaling at Clark Park: Sounds of Summer

Discover the joys of nature journaling with a short and slow guided hike at Clark Regional Park. No experience is necessary!

Nature journaling can be practiced in almost any space and combines observations with insights, questions and connections with the environment around us. It allows us to pay attention to details that might otherwise be overlooked and meditate on their forms and place within the natural world. This month we will use observational techniques to pay closer attention to the distinct natural sounds that surround us.

This program will begin with an introduction to the basic techniques for beginning and maintaining your nature journal, followed by a warmup activity, then a walk in the park to find a comfortable journaling space. Bring a sketch pad or journal and your own art materials such as pencils, pens or watercolors. A portable chair is recommended along with sun protection, water and snacks.

We will meet at parking lot A. Be prepared to move along the trail a short distance and sit to document the beauty around you.

This program is free but parking is $3 per vehicle.

Nature Journaling at Clark Park: Sounds of Summer
Date:
Fri, 07/26/2024
Time:
8:30 am - 10:30 am
Where:
Clark Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
18 of 20
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Oak Woodland Hike

Hiking & Fitness
Oak Woodland Hike

Join OC Parks on a stroll through a majestic and mature oak woodland. We’ll take a hike in upper Wood Canyon following Wood Creek under the canopy of beautiful coast live oak trees. This hike begins at the Canyon View Staging Area and is approximately 2.5 miles with an estimated 200 foot elevation gain.

Please note the following safety precautions and protocols:

Pre-registration on lagunacanyon.org/events is required for this event. No walk-ups. Register here. Please register all participants, including children.
Participants younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. A waiver, provided on arrival, must be signed by each participant at the start of the program.
This is a wilderness hike: please wear closed-toe shoes, sun and weather protection, and bring snacks and water.
For questions, please email volunteer@lagunacanyon.org
In an effort to protect all employees, volunteers, and participants, please do not attend if you are not feeling well, have symptoms of illness or have been in contact with someone who was ill.

Location: Meet at Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area. From Pacific Park/Canyon Vistas intersection, go northwest on Canyon Vistas. Park legally (note street signs) on or near Canyon Vistas, preferably between Coastal Oak and Madia (22144 region of Canyon Vistas). We will meet on the paved sidewalk easement leading toward Wood Canyon Trail.

Parking: Free.

Please note: Wet or muddy trail conditions may lead to cancellation of this event.

Oak Woodland Hike
Date:
Fri, 07/26/2024
Time:
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Where:
Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Wild Tales

Interpretive
Wild Tales

Spending time outside is one of the best ways to nurture curiosity and instill a love of the natural world. Bring your young ones and join OC Parks staff to learn all about the Newport Back Bay.

Our Wild Tales program is offered every Friday from 10:00-11:00am and includes a story time, an age-appropriate hike, and a themed craft. Each week will focus on a different topic that encourages young ones to learn about the outdoors.

The program begins at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. Program content is tailored for the preschool level (ages 2-5), but all are welcome to attend. Please wear comfortable attire and closed-toe shoes.

Advance registration is required.

Adverse weather conditions may move the program indoors or cancel it.

Wild Tales
Date:
Fri, 07/26/2024
Time:
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 6:00am on 07/12/2024
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Quail Hill Afterwork Twilight Fitness Hike

Hiking & Fitness
Quail Hill Afterwork Twilight Fitness Hike

Join us for a fast afterwork hike deep in the City of Irvine’s Open Space Preserve. This fast fitness hike starts on the Quail Hill Trailhead just next to the Quail Hill Community Center. This hike will explore the tranquil back country of Shady Canyon and includes expansive views of the pristine canyon, beautiful rock formations we will hike through and occasional sweeping views of Saddleback Valley. We will hike up and over the Quail Hill neighborhood then into Shady Canyon with little to no urban disturbance.

Please come prepared with a sturdy day pack, water, snacks, closed-toe hiking shoes or boots, sunscreen, first aid, and all other supplies to keep you safe and healthy on the trail. This hike offers no shade and there are no scheduled rest stops. All participants must carry their own day pack and water and be comfortable hiking an average moving pace of 3.0 miles per hour, including uphill.

Quail Hill Afterwork Twilight Fitness Hike
Date:
Fri, 07/26/2024
Time:
5:45 pm - 8:15 pm
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
7.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 07/11/2024
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Saturday, July 27, 2024

Intermediate Trail Run in Gypsum Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
Intermediate Trail Run in Gypsum Canyon

Join us for an intermediate and challenging, early morning TRAIL RUN in Gypsum Canyon. Along the way we’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of Orange County. This approximately 6.5 mile run is completed at an average of 12 minutes per mile with an approximate overall elevation gain of 1000 feet. This run is for experienced adult physically fit runners who enjoy the challenge of multiple steep climbs and descents. There will be 2 stops to regroup on this 6.5 mile run in a wilderness setting.

Intermediate Trail Run in Gypsum Canyon
Date:
Sat, 07/27/2024
Time:
6:30 am - 9:00 am
Where:
Gypsum Canyon Wilderness
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
6.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 07/12/2024
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Intro to Cardio Hike: Weir Canyon Rifle Range Loop

Hiking & Fitness
Intro to Cardio Hike: Weir Canyon Rifle Range Loop

Thinking the cardio hikes might be too fast for you? If so, join us in beautiful Weir Canyon for this slower introduction to cardio hiking. Along the trail, you’ll pass through coastal sage scrub, grasslands, and oak woodlands where deer and bobcats are frequently observed. We will take breaks as needed but will try to keep a 2.5 mile per hour pace and will go 4 miles and around 900 ft elevation gain.

Intro to Cardio Hike: Weir Canyon Rifle Range Loop
Date:
Sat, 07/27/2024
Time:
7:00 am - 10:00 am
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
4 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 07/12/2024
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Explore Limestone Canyon Hike to Dripping Springs

Hiking & Fitness
Explore Limestone Canyon Hike to Dripping Springs

Explore beautiful Limestone Canyon, part of OCParks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space, on this serene morning hike to Dripping Springs. Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve is one of the most pristine wilderness areas in the county. Dripping Springs is an extremely sensitive area and an essential watering hole for wildlife. We’ll hike through coastal sage scrub, grasslands, and oak woodlands as we take in this iconic destination. This 7-mile hike moves between 2.5 and 3 mph with a total elevation gain of 1300 feet. This is not a fast cardio paced hike! Please come prepared with a sturdy day pack, water, snacks, closed-toe hiking shoes or boots, sunscreen, first aid, and all other supplies to keep you safe and healthy on the trail.

Explore Limestone Canyon Hike to Dripping Springs
Date:
Sat, 07/27/2024
Time:
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
7 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 07/12/2024
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