Celebrate National Trails Day in a National Natural Landmark, right here in Orange County. On Saturday, June 1, the 21st annual celebration will include local activities throughout the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks.
The largest local event will be at Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, where OC Parks and Irvine Ranch Conservancy will host a Wilderness Access Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors can enjoy self-guided hiking, biking and horseback riding through majestic Limestone Canyon. The preserve is home to The Sinks, an expansive geological formation, and Conservancy volunteers will be on hand throughout the trail system to help guide visitors.
Celebrating trails isn’t just about recreation – National Trails Day is also about preserving local trail systems and surrounding habitats, and the Conservancy is hosting a volunteer activity at their Native Seed Farm on June 1. Volunteers will receive a free T-Shirt from REI for participating in seed harvesting on the farm from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Native Seed Farm is surrounded by scenic hills, and provides seed that will be used to restore habitat throughout the Irvine Ranch National Landmarks in 2014.
Other opportunities to hit the trails on June 1 include a guided hike through Buck Gully Reserve in Newport Beach, and a thought-provoking natural history hike through Baker Canyon’s trails. To register for these National Trails Day programs or to find out more information, please visit www.LetsGoOutside.org/activities.