As fall begins to change into winter don’t miss the opportunity to explore the changing landscape of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks with hikes geared toward every age and ability level. With a seemingly endless hot season wrapping up, take advantage of great hiking weather as you experience the beautiful geological features and wildlife found in your own backyard.
During this kid-friendly activity you will create a craft or play a game at Bommer Cattle Camp before heading out to explore the beautiful open trails of Bommer Canyon in an afternoon adventure hike. The roughly 1-mile route will include some surprise fitness stations to keep young adventurers on their toes. This is a great way for families to stay healthy together and learn how to continue their own hiking adventures.
If birding and animal tracking is more your speed then the following day’s Wildlife Observation Hike in O.C. Park’s Fremont Canyon, on Saturday, November 22, appropriate for adults and kids 10 and older, might be for you. During this moderately strenuous hike in the protected wilderness area of Fremont Canyon, a nature preserve open only during special events, you will get the opportunity to join volunteer naturalists and observe the varied bird, mammal and reptile life that calls the canyon home.
Watch for animal tracks in the wash, a busy wildlife corridor, before ascending the steep Lake View Trail, often with views of Red-Tailed Hawks, Red-Shouldered Hawks and Turkey Vultures. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars.
Both of these programs are free and require pre-registration for all participants (children and their parent or guardian). To register and to find more information about the above activities, please visit www.LetsGoOutside.org/Activities.