Hiking events

Upcoming OC Parks Hiking Events Coming to San Clemente

SAN CLEMENTE, CA – It’s no secret that Orange County is home to a number of beautiful parks, beaches and trails for residents to enjoy. In February, OC Parks offers a myriad of events designed to immerse residents in the natural beauty that Orange County has to offer.

From organized nature reserve hikes to nighttime stargazing at Caspers Wilderness Park, OC Parks has something for every resident.

Here are some of the OC Parks events taking place in early February:

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Star Party – Caspers Wilderness Park, February 5

Every month, Caspers Wilderness Park hosts public stargazing events for all ages. Caspers Wilderness Park received California’s first “Star Park” accolade in 2013 because the park is about nine miles inland from the ocean and therefore free from most of the marine layer that covers the coastal sky.

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On February 5, Orange County residents are invited to join the monthly Star Party at 7 p.m., 33401 Ortega Hwy. Cloudy weather cancels the event and no registration is required.

Dripping Springs Trail Restoration – Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, Feb 1-15

Orange County residents can join the staff and volunteers of the Irvine Ranch Conservatory as they work along the Dripping Springs Trail. Resident volunteers will spend the morning working in grasslands, coastal sage scrub, and woodland habitats before hiking to Dripping Springs, a natural spring that flows from an earthquake fault.

The work done on the trail benefits the rare plants and animals that this unique environment supports. To volunteer, residents can follow this link. Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve is located in Silverado and work begins from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Remote Hike to Mini Moab: Freemont Canyon – Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, Feb 2

This one is for hardcore hikers in Orange County. This epic hike starts from the bottom of Fremont Canyon to the sandstone outcrops marking the ridge line known as “Mini Moab.” OC Parks reports that this hike is extremely difficult and is for experienced and physically fit hikers.

Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve is located in Silverado and the hike runs from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. To register, residents can visit LetsGoOutside.org.

Early Morning Fitness Hike: Hicks Haul Road – Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, February 1, 8, 15, and 22

This weekly hike is located on the Hicks Haul paved road in the Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve in Silverado. The hike is a six-mile group route, and residents joining should be able to maintain a walking speed of about three to three and a half miles per hour.

The ride begins at 8:30 a.m. and continues until 10:45 a.m. To register, residents can visit LetsGoOutside.org.

Thursday Morning Hike: Fremont Canyon – Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve, February 3

This morning hike is located at the Irvine Ranch Open Space, where hikers will follow a trail into remote Fremont Canyon. The hike is just under six miles and includes a steep hill. Orange County hikers will start from the mouth of Fremont Canyon, past a historic coal mine, to the Fremont Weather Station.

Participating residents are asked to bring water, snacks, sunscreen, a hat and any other necessary gear.

The hike takes place from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. To register, residents can visit LetsGoOutside.org.

Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon – Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, February 5

OC Parks wants you to start your weekend exploring a number of sites across Limestone Canyon. The trails will be open to self-guided trail use within OC Parks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space, and these routes will vary in distance and difficulty level.

“Whether you travel by foot, hoof or wheel, Limestone Canyon Wilderness Access Day is a treasure waiting to be discovered by hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers,” a statement from OC Parks press.

Wilderness Access Day takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve in Silverado.

To register, residents can visit LetsGoOutside.org.