CRYSTAL COVE STATE PARK
Backcountry Hike: 9 a.m. Saturday. Enjoy a guided winter 3- to 5-mile backcountry hike. Meet at the El Moro Visitor Center (from Coast Highway, turn inland at stoplight for School-State Park). $15 day-use parking fee
Historic District Walk:
10 a.m. Saturday. Take a walk through the renovated 12-acre Historic District and learn about the colorful past of the Cove and the different uses for each cottage. Meet at Los Trancos parking lot at the trailer (from Coast Highway, turn inland at stoplight for Los Trancos.) $15 day-use parking fee.
LAGUNA COAST WILDERNESS PARK
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, 20101 Laguna Canyon Road; reservations and information, (949) 923-2235; http://www.ocparks.com.
Rangers staff the park daily. Open 7 a.m. to sunset daily, including holidays. Parking lot hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To learn more about volunteering or helping Laguna Canyon Foundation to preserve, protect and enhance the South Coast Wilderness, visit http://www.lagunacanyon.org or call (949) 497-8324.
Wildflower Hike: 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Learn to identify native plants and wildflowers with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist Nadine Nordstrom (author of the South Coast Wilderness Plant Identification Guide) on this moderate, but steep and rocky 4.8-mile hike (400-ft. elevation gain) Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Road/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405). Reservations required, call (949) 923-2235. Parking is $3. Donation is $2 per person.
Geology Hike: 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday. Enjoy unspoiled canyon views and learn about the geology of this area on this strenuous, 3.5-mile hike (700 ft. elevation gain) over steep and uneven terrain led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection). Reservations required, call (949) 923-2235. Parking is $3. Donation is $2.