Going on a docent-led activity is a great way to experience the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks because a trained naturalist helps you become familiar with the trails and learn about the native species. While participating in a group is beneficial, hitting the trails on your own by foot, bike, or horse allows you to find your own pace and choose your own stops. You and your friends or family can explore local open space during monthly Wilderness Access Days.
Wilderness Access Day in the Irvine Ranch Open Space is held monthly, switching each month between Limestone Canyon and Black Star Canyon. Wilderness Access Days area also held monthly in the City of Irvine’s Bommer Canyon. These unique outdoor adventures begin with a check-in at the staging area, where friendly volunteers from Irvine Ranch Conservancy are on hand to help guide visitors to the right trails for their interest, experience and time available. Volunteers are also stationed out on the trails to provide assistance along the way.
From an easy nature walk for families to a more challenging climb up to a trail in Baker Canyon, opportunities for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts are available. For those unsure to go it alone, a guided walk will also be available during the Wilderness Access Day. This 3 mile hike will begin at 3:30 p.m., and is suitable for ages 12 and over.
Wilderness Access Days and docent-led hikes are free. While pre-registration for the access day is strongly encouraged (and with registration you will receive driving directions), advance registration for docent-led hikes is required. Participants can register online at www.LetsGoOutside.org/Activities. Registration for activities ends on the day before the event at 4 p.m.