Nature lovers can enjoy the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks during Wilderness Access Day programs throughout the year, and explore the lands by foot, bike, or saddle! Wilderness Access Days are free with required preregistration and give visitors the opportunity to travel through designated trails during self-guided access.
The upcoming Wilderness Access Day at Limestone Canyon kicks off at 8 a.m. on Saturday, August 5 and welcomes outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy mild walks or strenuous cardio hikes at your own pace. With summer in full swing it’s important to keep heat safety in mind, and we’ve rounded up tips on spotting heat exhaustion and staying safe under the summer sun. Check out the tips below and register for a program on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks today!
Key points to avoid overheating on the Landmarks include:
- Bring plenty of water
- Bring a hat and sunglasses to avoid the sun’s rays
- Wear appropriate clothing and footwear
- Apply sunscreen prior and bring extra for the visit
- Take breaks when needed
Signs of overheating are important to understand for your own safety, but also for the safety of others. Heat exhaustion can often surface in the following symptoms:
- Heavy sweating
- Weak pulse
- Muscle cramps
If any of the symptoms occur, move into a shaded area. It’s important that you (or someone who’s overheating) lie down immediately. Elevate the legs and feet slightly and be sure to drink cool water. Once these actions are taken, contact a local park ranger at the Landmarks and alert them of the situation so medical personnel can be contacted if needed.
Summer is a wonderful season to get outside and explore the Landmarks. Irvine Ranch Conservancy encourages visitors to register for Wilderness Access Days in advance and by 4 p.m. the day prior to each event. Wilderness Access Day is suitable for children 12 and over, and children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Jogging strollers welcome on most trails. For more details on programs on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks visit www.LetsGoOutside.org/activities.