While hiking is a familiar way to enjoy the outdoors, there are other activities like trail running or habitat restoration which offer a new and different way to experience the land. Expanding your outdoor activities is a great way to get fit while enjoying the natural world.
Sticking to sidewalks or the track can become boring for runners. Luckily, the numerous trails in the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks offer a variety of alternatives. Those who are new to trail running may find it best to start on wider, flatter trains to build up muscles needed for balance. There are several regional and wilderness parks in the OC Parks system that have trails perfect for the novice trail runner. Good examples include Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park and Irvine Regional Park. The beachside wilderness trails at Crystal Cove State Park are also a good choice.