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Hit the Open Spaces in April

Yoga stretchers in the wide open spaces. See Wednesday, April 13.

Learn about the flora, fauna, geology and history of the 20,000-acre wilderness area with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists and county park staff.

Unless otherwise specified, the parking fee is $3, the donation per person for each activity is $2, and RSVP is required by calling 949-923-2235.

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park Activities:

Saturday, April 9, Backcountry Flora and Exploration Hike, 7:30-11:30 a.m. Explore the backcountry to discover wildflowers, fossils and more a 6-mile hike on steep and uneven terrain (1,000-ft. elevation gain).This hike is for experienced and conditioned hikers only. Proper footwear, at least 2 liters of water and a snack are required. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Rd, just south of El Toro Rd intersection).

Tuesday, April 12, Exploring Biodiversity Hike, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Learn about the diversity of animal and plant species as you explore our ever-changing wilderness on a 1.5-mile, slow and easy hike over rocky and uneven terrain. For ages 12 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (east side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just north of 73 Toll Road).

Thursday, April 14, Fitness Hike, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced, 4.8-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (400-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (east side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just north of 73 Toll Road).

Friday, April 15, Tot Walk, 9:00-10:00 a.m. Bring your wee ones, babies to 3 years, to explore our wild backyard on this easy walk with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection). Reservations required. Parking: $3. Donation: $2/person.

Friday, April 15, Lake Stroll, 9:00-11:30 a.m. Enjoy the outdoors and learn about diverse plant life on this easy, level, 2-mile hike with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists. For ages 10 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405).

Aliso and Wood Canyons Park Activities

Friday, April 8, Discovery Hike, 9:00 – noon. Explore beautiful Wood Canyon as you discover its wildlife with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this moderate, but steep, uneven and rocky, 5-mile hike (200-ft. elevation gain). Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area, Gate 7 (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Glenwood [turns into Pacific Park] and right on Canyon Vistas to Canyon View Park).

Saturday, April 9, Explore the Trails, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. There are always new encounters along the trail! Hear the latest wildlife gossip on this easy, approximately 1-mile hike with OC Parks Ranger Portia Arutunian. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, Gate 1, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia, first right AWMA, left into parking lot).

Wednesday, April 13, Yoga Hike, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Stretch your mind and body on this 2.4-mile hike with a yoga twist over steep and uneven terrain (100-ft. elevation gain) led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Please bring a yoga mat, towel and water. For ages 12 and up. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area, Gate 7 (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Glenwood [turns into Pacific Park] and right on Canyon Vistas to Canyon View Park).

Friday, April 15, Stress-Free Early Evening Hike, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Come and enjoy a stress-free end to your day on this 2.4-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (100-ft. elevation gain) through one of the most biologically diverse areas. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area, Gate 7 (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Glenwood [turns into Pacific Park] and right on Canyon Vistas to Canyon View Park).

Saturday, April 16, Keep It Wild Volunteer Day, 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. Volunteers help Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks staff with restoration projects. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, Gate 1, 28373 Alicia Parkway (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia, first right AWMA, left into parking lot). Free (parking fee waived).

http://www.lagunacanyon.org or call 949-497-8324.

 

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