Springtime in Orange County often brings warm weather with clear skies, fresh blooms, and new wildlife throughout the protected wildlands and open spaces. Families looking to spend time together and explore their natural surroundings over spring break can join stewardship and fitness activities on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. No matter what week spring break falls, there are diverse opportunities on the Landmarks to get outside, stay active, and connect with the local lands!
Families looking for the ultimate self-guided adventure can join the Wilderness Access Day: Bommer Canyon program on Saturday, March 17 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. This program allows families to explore the City of Irvine’s Bommer Canyon at their own pace by foot or bike and take advantage of a trail network usually reserved for guided activities only. Whether parents and their children choose a leisurely stroll through Shady Canyon or hop on their mountain bikes to explore miles of open space in Bommer Canyon, Wilderness Access Day provides families with a journey that works with their skills and abilities.
Each week Irvine Ranch Conservancy leads nature lovers on hikes up Hicks Haul Road to the top of Loma Ridge for scenic views across the county. Offered every Monday and Wednesday, the After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road program gives hikers 16 years and older the chance to increase their heart rate while enjoying the sunset as it paints the sky with shades of orange. The upcoming program on Monday, March 12 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. travels 3.5 miles and participants are free to walk, jog, or run depending on what they are most comfortable with.
On Tuesday mornings, participants ages 16 and up can head to Hicks Haul Road and choose between a 3, 6, or 8 mile route during the Tuesday Morning Fitness Hike on Tuesday, March 13 from 9 – 11:30 a.m. Hikers can enjoy the smooth terrain and potentially catch a glimpse of local wildlife like hawks, deer, and lizards.
Enjoy the great outdoors during spring break on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks! Remember to wear sunscreen and don’t forget to pack water, a snack, and wear layers and appropriate shoes. Programs are open to the public with required registration, but space is limited and early registration is recommended. For more information and to register for a program visit www.LetsGoOutside.org.