Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel
Park Information: (949) 831-2790 or www.ocparks.com The park is
open daily, year round, 7 a.m. to sunset for hiking, bicycling and
equestrian use. Parking $2.
All are welcome for a free program, Astronomy Night at 8 p.m. on
Saturday, Sept. 14. Meet in front of the Natural History Museum to
join the Orange County Astronomers, Inc. as they help us gaze into
our vast universe. The Orange County Natural History Museum is
located at the Park entrance and open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday through Sunday. For more information: (949) 831-3287 or
Crystal Cove State Park
8471 Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach
(949) 494-3539 Park Conditions (949) 497-7647 Interpretive Program
www.crystalcovestatepark.com or www.parks.ca.gov
The park is open daily, year round, 6 a.m. to sunset for hiking,
bicycling and equestrian use. Parking $3.
Special Activities: Join docent-led Backcountry Hikes on Aug. 31,
Sept. 7, 8 and 14. Meet at the El Moro Visitor Center promptly at 9
a.m. Hikes are 3 to 5 miles and last about 2 hours. Be sure to bring
water and wear hiking boots. Join a walking tour of the Historic
District at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, meet at the Los Trancos
parking lot near the trailer. Call now to volunteer for the Coastal
cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 21.
Crystal Cove Interpretive Association welcomes new volunteers,
call (949) 497-7648. The Irvine Ranch Land Reserve The Nature
Conservancy (714) 832-7478 All participants meet at the Laguna Coast
Wilderness Park headquarters on Laguna Canyon Road just south of the
El Toro Road intersection. All tours are free, but require
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
20101 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach
(949) 494-9352 or www.ocparks.com
Call the rangers and ask about special group hikes for schools,
scouts and other organizations and clubs. Parking Fee $2. Wilderness
Access: Every Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Willow Canyon
Road staging area on Laguna Canyon Road just south of El Toro Road
intersection. Open for hiker, equestrian and mountain bicyclist
access on specified trails without guides.
Jim Dilley Greenbelt Preserve: Every Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Hikers only on specified trails without guides. Trails
include Barbara’s Lake, the largest of the Laguna Lakes and the only
natural lakes in Orange County. Guided hikes in Laurel Canyon: Every
Saturday at 8 a.m. there is a 3.5-mile guided hike by Laguna
Greenbelt, Inc. volunteers. Call for reservations and there is $2
donation per hiker.
Laguna Heights: Open daily year round 7 a.m. to sunset. Trailhead
for West Ridge trail and other trails into Aliso and Wood Canyons
Wilderness Park. Laguna Greenbelt, Inc. welcomes volunteers to help
with wilderness access, call (949) 497-8190 for more information or
online at www.lagunagreenbelt.org Interested in becoming a Volunteer
Naturalist? It’s not too late to register for an 8-week course
starting Oct. 22. Call Saddleback College for more information, (949)
* Activities compiled by Mary Fegraus from the LAGUNA CANYON
FOUNDATION, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to preserving,
enhancing and protecting Laguna Coast Wilderness Park and the
adjacent coastal canyon parks. For more information check out
www.lagunacanyon.org or 949-855-7275 (PARK).