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: Hikes meet at one of these locations:
El Moro Visitor Center "” from Coast Highway, turn inland at the School/State Park light and follow park signs.
Los Trancos "” from Coast Highway, turn inland at Los Trancos. Meet near the trailer.
Pelican Point Lot No. 2 "” From Coast Highway, turn coastward at Newport Coast.
For more information, call (949) 497-7647 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
"¢?Geology Hike, 9 a.m. Saturday. Meet at Los Trancos.
"¢?Backcountry Hike, 9a.m. Sunday. Meet at El Moro Visitor Center."¢?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."¢?Native Plant Hike, 9 a.m., Saturday.
Search for late-season bloomers on this moderate, 3.5-mile hike on Laurel Loop with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist Robert Goldman. Cameras and binoculars are welcome. Meet at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area, 20101 Laguna Canyon Road. Reservations are suggested, call (949) 923-2235. Parking is $3.
"¢?Amazing Raptors "” Hawks, Owls & Falcons, 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday.
Get a close look at live hawks, owls, falcons and other raptors from the Orange County Bird of Prey Center. Learn to identify raptors in flight, make your own key to Orange County raptors, dissect an owl pellet and discover raptor survival secrets. Meet at the Nix Nature Center, Willow Canyon Staging Area, 20101 Laguna Canyon Road. 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 Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area. Reservations suggested. Call (949) 923-2235 for reservations or directions. Parking is $3.