The Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks provide a wilderness experience right here in Orange County. You can visit unique and protected wildlands just minutes from anywhere in the county. In fact, the OC Parks system includes more than 20,000 continuous acres of open space that is permanently protected and preserved. Most of this land is preserved for wildlife habitat, with docent-led recreation activities. While there are guided hikes and other programs scheduled almost daily, some say the best way to enjoy the local canyons is during the monthly Wilderness Access Days.
The weather is expected to cool a bit to the low 80s next week, so Saturday should be perfect for hitting the trails. Pre-registration is free for Wilderness Access Day and is strongly encouraged. With pre-registration, you will receive driving directions as well as a reminder email about your activity. Click here to register for the September 5 event in Black Star, and click here to see all scheduled Wilderness Access Days.