Note: Fire season has begun! Please stay alert in wilderness parks and report any suspicious activity to park staff.
Crystal Cove State Park, 8471 Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, has 3.5 miles of beach and 2,000 acres of undeveloped woodland. $10 day-use parking fee.
The park is open 6 a.m. to sunset daily. Docent-led backcountry hikes are scheduled for most Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m. Hikes are three to five miles and last about two hours. Note: All hikes meet at the El Moro Visitor Center (from Coast Highway, turn inland at light for School/State Park, follow park signs), unless otherwise indicated. Information: (949) 497-7647 or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
"¢?Backcountry Hike, 10 a.m. Wednesday. Meet at the Los Trancos trailer, from Coast Highway, turn inland at Los Trancos.
Historic District guided tours are held on the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. The free tours have expanded by adding a plein air artist demonstration at the conclusion of each tour. The walking begin at 10 a.m. across from the Historic District in the Los Trancos Parking Lot at Coast Highway.
No reservations are required; for more information, visit www.crystalcove alliance.org
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, 20101 Laguna Canyon Road; reservations and information, (949) 923-2235; www.ocparks.com.
Rangers staff the park daily. Open daily, 7 a.m. to sunset, including holidays. Parking lot hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Willow Canyon on Laguna Canyon Road, just south of the El Toro Road intersection. Open to hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers on specified trails; open 7 a.m. to sunset, but parking lot is open only 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., $3.
Dilley Preserve on Laguna Canyon Road, just north of the 73 Tollroad: Open daily 7 a.m. to sunset. Parking $3; lot open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Little Sycamore Canyon on Laguna Canyon Road, just south of the I-405 interchange; the James and Rosemary Nix Nature Center hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; parking $3; lot open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Laguna Heights, the trailhead for West Ridge trail and routes into Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, at Top of the World on Alta Laguna Blvd., is open daily, 7 a.m. to sunset.
"¢?Native Plant Hike, 8 a.m. Saturday
Enjoy a hike with native plant expert Nadine Nordstrom, author of the South Coast Wilderness Plant ID Guide. Hike a 3.5-mile loop through Willow and Laurel Canyons. Look for edible plants and find out about the special characteristics of our native plants. Call (949) 923-2235 to reserve your place.
Meet at Willow Canyon Staging Area, 20101 Laguna Canyon Road on the west side just south of El Toro Road intersection. Parking is $3.
Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel; (949) 923-2200; www.ocparks.com: Open daily all year, 7 a.m. to sunset, for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians; parking, $3.
Orange County rangers and a groundskeeper staff the park daily; free 30-minute ranger-led Discovery Hike offered each second and fourth Saturday at noon. Orange County Natural History Museum located at the park entrance; call before visiting to confirm museum is open. (949) 831-3287.