Note: Fall is fire season. Stay alert in wilderness parks and report any suspicious activity to a ranger. Parks remain closed for two or more days after significant rainfall.
? CRYSTAL COVE STATE PARK
Crystal Cove State Park, 8471 N. Coast Hwy., 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 unless otherwise indicated. From Coast Highway, turn inland at the School/State Park light and follow park signs. For more information, call (949) 497-7647 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
"¢?Full Moon Hike, 4 p.m. Saturday. Call (949) 509-4787 or e-mail Lori@backtonatures.org for reservations.
"¢?Backcountry Hike, 9a.m. Sunday.
"¢?Historic District guided tours are 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 begins 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.crystalcovealliance.org
? LAGUNA COAST WILDERNESS PARK
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 only open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., $3.
Dilley Preserve on Laguna Canyon Road, just north of the 73 Toll Road: 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 405 Freeway 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 trail head for West Ridge trail and routes into Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, at Top of the World on Alta Laguna Boulevard, is open daily, 7 a.m. to sunset."¢?Nature Hike, 9 a.m., Saturday.
Learn about native flora and fauna on this brisk hike with veteran naturalist Chris Hearst and plant expert Sarah Jayne. Wear sturdy shoes, sunscreen and a hat, and be sure to bring plenty of water.
Meet at Willow Canyon Staging Area, 20101 Laguna Canyon Road, west side, just south of El Toro Road intersection. Reservations are suggested, call (949) 923-2235 to reserve a place. Parking is $3
"¢?Fitness Hike, 9 a.m. Thursday
Raise your heart rate and your spirits on a brisk, 3.5-mile hike with Laguna Canyon Foundation Volunteer Naturalist Helen Flanagan in Laurel and Willow canyons. Wear sturdy shoes, sunscreen and a hat. Be sure to bring plenty of water. Meet at Willow Canyon Staging Area. Reservations suggested. Call (949) 923-2235 for reservations or directions. Parking is $3.