July 16, 2018
7:30 AMEarly Morning Advanced Hike: Whiting Wilderness Park
  • While Orange County Parks such as Peter’s, Santiago Oaks, and Irvine Regional, recover from the Canyon 2 fire, we are offering an alternative location to enjoy a refreshing early morning hike along some of the most scenic trails in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. The landscape and animals in the recent fire need to rest; we can help by enjoying other wilderness areas that have recovered from the Santiago Fire of 2007. By joining us, you will learn that Whiting still has scars from the previous fire, but it has revived itself and adapted to offer hikers a chance to enjoy the wilderness.
  • This hike involves steep climbs and descents on a variety of trails, both double and single-track, and is done at an average moving pace of 3 mph over 6-8 miles and an elevation gain of 1100-1700 feet. Though the hike is challenging, we are rewarded with beautiful canopied woodlands, sweeping views, and possible wildlife sightings.
  • Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-4 activity on the land.
July 16, 2018
9:00 AMTai Chi in the Canyon
  • Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese exercise renowned for the benefits of its slow, non-stressful physical exercises as well as its meditative qualities. Baker Canyon offers a natural setting as a perfect location for deep breathing of the fresh air, energizing our internal energy (Qi) and using it to root ourselves to the land. The class will perform gentle warm up exercises directly associated with many of the moves and we will then learn and practice the Yang style.
  • The first hour will be dedicated to beginning students learning the first set and the second hour focuses on the advanced students to study the 2nd and 3rd sets. All participants are welcome to either participate or observe both sessions as the gate will be closed for the 2 hour duration.
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News ImageJune 13, 2018  Courthouse Presents Exhibit on Fire and RecoveryThe Old Orange County Courthouse will host the exhibit On the Edge of Flames – Fire and Recovery at Orange County Parks from June 11 to Oct. 12, 2018.

With a special focus on Canyon Fire 2 from 2017, the displays show how fire has affected the land, the response during and directly after a fire, and how OC Parks and other partners help the land recover.

This exhibit features photos of historic fires, before and after pictures of fire and recovery, trail camera footage and a compilation video of Canyon Fires 1 and 2 from Orange County Fire Authority, firefighting tools and materials, and information on how to prepare for wildfires.
June 8, 2018  Portions of Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park to Reopen Saturday

Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park is scheduled to reopen Saturday morning, June 9. Trails damaged in the June 2 Aliso Fire will remain closed. Laguna Niguel Regional Park reopened Friday morning.

The following trails will remain closed until further notice for fire recovery: Nature Loop, Dripping Cave and Coyote Run (south of Rock-It).


Please help your park recover by staying on designated trails and honoring trail closures. For public safety, please let park staff know of any off-trail use at 949-923-2200.

Trespassers in closed areas are subject to citation (OCCO 2-5-46). ( View PDF )

June 4, 2018  Aliso Fire Closures

Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park and Laguna Niguel Regional Park are closed until further notice due to the Aliso Fire.

The Aliso Fire ignited June 2, 2018 and burned approximately 178 acres of sensitive habitat inside Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. The park remains closed while fire crews continue suppression efforts.

Fire crews continue to stage at Laguna Niguel Regional Park. That park is expected to remain closed through the end of the week.

April 18, 2018  2018 OC Parks Summer Concert Series

OC Parks Summer Concert Series returns with 10 free outdoor concerts Thursday evenings, June 21 – August 23 from 5 – 8 p.m. Enjoy live music with friends and family under the summer sky at Craig Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park and Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach.

The concert series kicks off with Donavon Frankenreiter on June 21, followed by popular local and national artists including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Stone Soul, Flashback Heart Attack, Hollywood U2 and Topcat, The English Beat, Sweet & Tender Hooligans, The Fenians, Matt Costa, Tijuana Dogs and Family Style, with more artists still to be announced.

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