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.
A great opportunity to work the land is to sign up for the Habitat Restoration in Weir Canyon, Invasive Thistle Removal. This activity takes place on Sunday, March 9, and is going to focus on removing invasive thistle from beautiful Weir Canyon. Those who want to participate will need to be able to bend over to remove large plants.
Pre-registration is required for all activities. To register and to get more info, visit www.LetsGoOutside.org.