Capture the beauty of Black Star’s Red Rocks in the early morning light. Many of us have enjoyed looking at the color and geometry of this rock formation from Black Star road. However, due to the distance, the texture and detail of the rock surfaces is missing. In addition, we have missed the total picture that includes the surrounding wilderness with its trees, creek and animals.
Join us on the dirt road paralleling the rock face bottom for two miles and ends in an area hidden from the main Black Star Canyon road. Our trek is easy, with a total elevation gain of 250 feet and on a good hiking surface road. Bring your camera equipment or just yourself and enjoy this iconic rock formation. We will enjoy several viewing/photo stops at picturesque locations.
Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-2 activity on the land.
Join us every Wednesday night for a fitness-focused hike on the paved Hicks Haul Road. During the spring, summer and fall, hikers will enjoy wonderful sunset views and a panoramic overview of Orange County. This hike travels about 3.5 miles, up to the top of Loma Ridge and back down.
The hike is conducted at about an average of 3-3.5 miles per hour, but you may travel a bit faster or slower, at a walk, run, or jog depending on your comfort level. Most participants finish the route in about 1 hour. Because of the paved surface of the road, you may wear regular running or walking shoes. Trail shoes are fine, but not required. Please bring adequate water!
Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-3 activity on the land.
September 10, 2018
Black Star Canyon Road Resurfacing Sept. 17-Oct. 26OC Public Works, in coordination with OC Parks, will be improving Black Star Canyon Road between the existing trailhead and County property line (approximately 1 mile long) weekdays Sept. 17-Oct. 26.
Weekday trail closures are required for this project. During construction, working hours access will be restricted to residents, utility maintenance and emergency vehicles only. The trail will be open for general public use on weekends. (
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September 7, 2018
Irvine Park Railroad’s 13th Annual Pumpkin PatchIrvine Park Railroad’s 13th annual Pumpkin Patch is fun for the entire family. Children and adults are invited to the Pumpkin Patch which is open daily from September 15th through October 31st. Irvine Park Railroad is located inside of Irvine Regional Park in the foothills of Orange, California.
Orange County Codified Ordinances prohibit the use of motorized conveyances in County parks and recreation areas. This includes the use of all types of e-bikes and e-mountain bikes in regional and wilderness parks.
A July 17, 2018 revision to OCCO 2-5-29(n) makes the following exception for some regional bikeways: “Class 1 and Class 2 electric bicycles, as defined by the California Vehicle Code, on those regional paved, off-road bikeways designated for such use by the Director of OC Parks.”
Currently, this means that Class 1 and 2 electric bicycles are only permitted on the following County bikeways: Coyote Creek, Santa Ana River Trail, Bay View, San Diego Creek, Peters Canyon, Hicks Canyon, Aliso Creek, Salt Creek Trail and San Juan Creek bikeways.
Visitors riding e-bikes in other County park facilities or trails are subject to citation.
With a special focus on Canyon Fire 2 from 2017, the displays show how fire has affected the land, the response during and directly after a fire, and how OC Parks and other partners help the land recover.
This exhibit features photos of historic fires, before and after pictures of fire and recovery, trail camera footage and a compilation video of Canyon Fires 1 and 2 from Orange County Fire Authority, firefighting tools and materials, and information on how to prepare for wildfires.
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