February 23, 2018
8:00 AMWeekday Slow-Paced Mountain Bike Ride – Highlights of Limestone Canyon

Enjoy the relaxation of riding in the wilderness on empty trails and join us on this docent led mountain bike ride through Limestone Canyon. We will first visit Dripping Springs which is a fern covered, year-round source of water for the local wildlife. The ride will then continue on past the Sinks to our turn-around point at the old ranch water tank on Mustard Road; this point offers panoramic views of the entire Sinks geological formation, the Agua Chinon watershed, Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-4 activity on the land. Electric Mountain Bikes of any class or type are not permitted.

This is a slow-paced ride designed for the experienced beginner to intermediate rider who is in excellent cardio shape and is physically fit, but sometimes need to move slower on steep ascents/descents. We will ride both fire roads and non-technical single track trails. A few climbs have short steep sections that may be ‘hike-a-bike’ for some riders. The ride will regroup and rest as needed and an opportunity will be provided for a snack break.

Please note, the ride is 19 miles long, with approximately 2400 feet of elevation gain. This program originates at the Hicks Haul Staging Area (north on Jeffrey in Irvine) and the entire route is in the Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve.

February 23, 2018
10:15 AMNose, Toes & Ears Preschool Program
  • Come find out why some animals have big or small noses or ears and what their toes look like! Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts and meeting zoo animals up close!
  • Ages 3-4 years old only. Parent must accompany child for duration of program.
  • Fee: $5 per child (includes one adult).
  • Parking fee: $3
  • Registration is required! Call 714-973-6846 to register.
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February 6, 2018  Spring 2018 Scholastic Surfing Class ScheduleCapistrano Unified School District conducts surfing classes for students at Salt Creek Beach throughout the school year. The beach remains open to the public during these times. Please see the link below for days and times the beach may be affected. ( View PDF )

News ImageFebruary 5, 2018  OC Parks Initiates Firewood Policy

OC Parks is initiating a new firewood policy designed to reduce the risk of damaging Orange County’s oak and sycamore woodlands and other trees from invasive pests.

Effective today, visitors to OC Parks’ two camping parks, Caspers Wilderness Park and O’Neill Regional Park, may no longer bring or burn outside firewood, unless it is commercially produced, heat treated and labeled “Pest Free” or “Safe to Move.” This is due to highly invasive and destructive non-native insects that could travel in firewood and decimate local tree populations.

January 8, 2018  County To Temporarily Close Portion of Santa Ana River TrailBeginning Monday, January 22, 2018, the County of Orange will temporarily close a portion of the Santa Ana River Trail (SART) from Memory Lane in Orange to Taft Avenue/Ball Road in Anaheim for an environmental remediation project. Upon completion of the project, estimated to last up to three months, the County will reopen the closed portion of the SART for recreational trail use during posted public access hours.
January 3, 2018  Upper Newport Bay Parking Lot Rehabilitation

Starting Jan. 22 through late February, OC Public Works will complete a rehabilitation of the Upper Newport Bay parking lot. The rehabilitation includes removing existing decomposed granite and replacing it with sand-colored pervious concrete, installing wheel stops, and striping parking stalls.

The parking lot will be closed at all times for the duration of the construction period, including weekends. Park users should plan to park at alternative locations. OC Public Works will install an electronic message board at the parking lot entrance two weeks prior to construction to notify park users.

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