This week in the Irvine Ranch Open Space, we’ll hike in the remote Fremont Canyon. The hike is just under 6 miles and includes a steep hill. We will hike from the mouth of Fremont Canyon, past a historic coal mine, to the Fremont Weather Station. After enjoying a spectacular view, we will hike back the same way to our starting point. Please bring water, a trail snack, sun screen, hat, and any other necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail and wear sturdy, closed-toe hiking shoes.
Participants must be able to hike 6 miles with an elevation gain of 1200 feet at an average moving rate of 3 miles per hour. Each hiker must carry his/her own water and supplies.
Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-4 activity on the land.
Please note that for this activity, there is a registration limit of two spaces per registrant (e.g. registrant may only register one guest for a total of two spaces). If you need assistance, please contact the IRC office at 714-508-4757.
October 9, 2018
3CMA, NACPRO and ASCE Honor OC Parks With Awards of Excellence and Achievement(Orange County, Calif.) – In 2018 OC Parks received multiple achievement awards from the City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA), National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO), and the Los Angeles Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
September 25, 2018
Fall Events at Heritage Hill Historical ParkThe County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to invite the community to celebrate the fall season with the annual Autumn Harvest Festival and Haunt at Heritage Hill Historical Park this October.
On Saturday, October 6, from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. the annual Autumn Harvest Festival will return to Heritage Hill Historical Park. Experience the park transformed into a Halloween festival where visitors of all ages can enjoy a family-friendly adventure.
On Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13 from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m., OC Parks and the City of Lake Forest welcome thrill-seekers back to Heritage Hill Historical Park for the 11th Annual Haunt at Heritage Hill. Tailored to visitors ages 12 and over, the park will once again transform into a haunted adventure.
For the past 20 years, Orange County Codified Ordinance OCCO 2-5-29(n) prohibited the use of all motorized conveyances, including electric bicycles (eBikes) on all County bikeways and trails.
On July 17, 2018, the Board of Supervisors passed a revision to the ordinance, making the following exception: “Class 1 and Class 2 electric bicycles, as defined by the California Vehicle Code, on those regional paved, off-road bikeways designated for such use by the Director of OC Parks.”
Currently, this means that Class 1 and 2 eBikes are now permitted on more than 75 miles of paved Orange County regional bikeways. Due to safety concerns, all classes of eBikes continue to be prohibited on unpaved trails within regional and wilderness parks.
September 10, 2018
Black Star Canyon Road Resurfacing Sept. 17-Oct. 26OC Public Works, in coordination with OC Parks, will be improving Black Star Canyon Road between the existing trailhead and County property line (approximately 1 mile long) weekdays Sept. 17-Oct. 26.
Weekday trail closures are required for this project. During construction, working hours access will be restricted to residents, utility maintenance and emergency vehicles only. The trail will be open for general public use on weekends. (
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