Trails have reopened following last week's storms with some restrictions, as follows:
Eagle Grove and Vedanta Wilderness Area: Open - Live Oak Trail/Vista / Hoffman Homestead / Coyote Trail / Pawfoot Trail
Arroyo Trabuco Trail: Partial Opening– All Trabuco Creek crossings remain closed due to flowing water. Do not attempt to cross swift moving water. Open areas include Aventura gate to Arroyo Vista / Rancho Santa Margarita Bridge to O’Neill Park / Oso Parkway to Crown Valley Bridge
Tijeras Creek Trail and Chiquita Ridge: Open- Some pooled water remains and there is mud in shaded areas
Significant traffic on unauthorized trails has caused damage in the Ladera Ridge (Las Flores) area of the park. This area is closed, and in the interest of protecting the valuable natural resources found on both County and the Rancho Mission Viejo Reserve, measures will be taken to prevent further destruction.
Gold Spotted Oak Borer (GSOB), an invasive beetle that has killed thousands of oak trees in San Diego and Riverside counties in a short span of time, has now been detected in Orange County. The GSOB was discovered in approximately 60 trees on County park land in northern Orange County. Since GSOB is transported in oak firewood, it is critical that Californians keep firewood local and not move it out of the area.
Our OC Parks are important to our communities. This brief questionnaire is your opportunity to let the County of Orange know your thoughts about our parks. What is working? What would you love to see more of in your OC parks?
Your feedback is valuable, and your individual responses will be kept confidential. KH Consulting Group (KH) will use your input to help us shape OC Parks' strategic plan to make your parks and community even better!
Here is the link to the questionnaire (English, Spanish, and Vietnamese):
The OC Parks mobile application is now available to download. The new app makes it easy to explore all that the County regional and wilderness parks have to offer.
Using the OC Parks app for iOS or Android, you can easily get outside and find a park near you with the most detailed, accurate maps of all regional, wilderness, beach and historic parks and regional trails operated by the County of Orange. The app also offers detailed park descriptions and photos.
The mobile app lets users easily locate the closest playgrounds, parking and restrooms in each park. Search recent OC Parks news, events and alerts regarding park access, weather, trail conditions and more.
Starting in August, hikers will be collecting imagery of Orange County trails using the Google Street View Trekker, a wearable backpack with a camera system on top. The Trekker automatically gathers images as it goes. Later the imagery will be stitched together to create the 360-degree panoramas you see today in Google Maps.
The Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB) is an invasive beetle that attacks common native and landscape trees, leading to branch dieback and overall decline. This can have a devastating effect on local trees, and you may see some being treated or removed in County parks.
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