Sunday, November 22, 2015
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Mt. Baldy Visitor Center. As always, since this hike is in the San Bernardino National Forest you will need a Forest Adventure Pass. You can also get one at the Mt. Baldy Visitor Center where you pick up your additional free wilderness permit. Parking can be limited on weekends, due to the popularity of hiking in this area.
Cucamonga Wilderness you will also need to pick up an additional free wilderness permit from the Mt. Baldy Visitor Center. You can also get a Forest Adventure Pass at the Mt. Baldy Visitor Center where you pick up your additional free wilderness permit. Note, if you are doing this hike in the summer make sure to check the weather to see if thunderstorms are forecasted for the mountains in Southern California. If they are, make sure to begin your hike early enough to be done before thunderstorms build in the afternoon. Additionally, during the winter, snowfall can blanket this entire area. If you hike this area in snow, make sure you have proper gear which could include crampons or snowshoes. When there is lots of snow present, you will find the trail has no switchbacks and is a direct hike right up the center of the canyon.
Rating: Elevation Gain: 2,655 ft. (Moderate - Strenuous), Distance: 7.2 Miles Roundtrip (Moderate - Strenuous).
Time to Complete Hike: 3-5 hours.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
For those of you looking for fun outdoor activities for the family in the month of October at the Irvine Ranch National Landmark, you might want to check out some of the following events
Experience the Magic of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks in October
Free Seasonal Festive Programs for Families in the Great Outdoors
ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. (September 25, 2015) – This Halloween season families are invited to explore the great outdoors and experience the magic of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks in October. Discover unique historical tales about the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Each month, a different culture and celebration is highlighted with an outdoor program presented in multiple languages.
On experience the Mexican celebration, Día de los Muertos in the natural beauty of Black Star Canyon.
Explore the wild canyons and hidden foothills of Black Star Canyon on from Enjoy a slow-paced hike to explore Orange County’s beautiful wild canyons and hidden foothills as you hear stories from how the geology was formed underfoot to tales of the plants and animals that call these protected habitats home.
On Saturday, October 17 from 10 .m. to visit Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve to discover the bones of animals and learn about how they are similar or different to human bones. Young hikers will have the opportunity to examine an owl pellet for real animal’s bones, paint a unique bone creation and go on a bone dig like a real paleontologist to learn all about bones. The activities will take place in the Augustine staging area with plenty of fun activities.
On , bring the whole family to Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve to get to know the flying mammal, the bat. Hear fascinating tales of the creature and take a guided tour out towards a popular bat roosting location to watch as the nighttime wonders start their evening adventures.
returns to Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve for a family friendly full moon hike to Agua Chinon. Beginning at , an easy pace will allow time to enjoy the surrounding sights and sounds of night and the breathtaking view of the full moon.
On Halloween, , from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Irvine Ranch Conservancy in partnership with OC Parks is pleased to host the annual Halloween Zoo-Tacular! Bring the family to see the animals of the OC Zoo while they receive treat-filled pumpkins throughout the day. Enjoy fun activities including trick-or-treating, spooky crafts, a scavenger hunt and festive games. The first 100 children, ages 12 and under, to arrive in Halloween costumes receive a free gift.
Visit http://LetsGoOutside.org for more information and to register for free today.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
ACORN DAY OCT. 3 AT O’NEILL REGIONAL PARK
(Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) – Come celebrate Acorn Day under the oaks at O’Neill Regional Park from The free, family-friendly day of excitement and learning offers activities for every age: free crafts for kids, a live butterfly enclosure, active games, face painting, live music, nature exhibits, oak tree planting and ukulele lessons for kids.
One hour, beginner-level guided nature hikes to the water tower will be offered at
Presentations throughout the day include Journeys to the Past, Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, Inside the Outdoors, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Reserve K-9 Program, the Hummingbird Story and a live butterfly release at 2:30 p.m. by Western Monarch Guardians.
Participants include OC Trails, the Helena Modjeska Foundation, Tree of Life Nursery, Orange County Fire Watch, OC Parks, Earthroots Field School, the Saddleback Area Historical Society, Western Bluebird Society, Saddleback Canyon Riders, SHARE Mountain Bike Club, Southwestern Field Herping Associates, and the Institute for Wildlife Studies and more.
– Acorn Day
Location: O’Neill Regional Park
Address: 30892 Trabuco Canyon Road
Contact: (949) 923-2260, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Mill Creek Ranger Station (Where you obtain the additional wilderness permit if you have not gotten it early), continue on up into the San Bernardino National Forest. Several miles pass the Mill Creek Ranger station, you will make a right at Forest Falls Road. At the very end of Forest Falls Road is where the trailhead begins at 6,080 feet. There are several parking lots at the trailhead (A Forest Adventure Pass is needed as well as a Wilderness Permit for the San Gorgornio Wilderness).
Follow this link for the permit. The link will direct you to the wilderness permit application. You can obtain the additional wilderness permit early from the Mill Creek Ranger Station which is the easiest way, or you will have to stop at the Mill Creek Ranger Station before you go hiking. Each trail has a set quota for the number of hikers allowed on each hiking trail in the San Gorgonio Wilderness and once the quota is reached the National Forest Service does not issue more wilderness permits for the hiking trail. That is why we recommend you get your wilderness permit early. You can obtain a permit 90 days before your hike in the San Gorgonio Wilderness. We did see a ranger checking for permits when we did one of our two hikes in June of 2015.
Here to go to the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association's website.
Here for a live webcam of Mt. San Gorgonio courtesy of BigBearWeather.com. During the summer months, always be on the watch for thunderstorms. June is usually a little early for the summer monsoon season, but anything can happen in this area. While on our hikes we had dark clouds that developed, but they never turned into thunderstorms.
Time to Complete Hike: 7.5 - 10 hours.
Good Training Hikes: Mt. Baden-Powell, Mt. San Jacinto, Saddleback Mountain,Cucamonga Peak, Mt. Baldy.
MORE TRAIL WRITE-UPS ON MT. SAN GORGONIO
South Fork Loop (August 2014)
Mt. San Gorgonio (Via the South Fork Trail, June 2015)(This Post)
Mt. San Gorgonio (Via the South Fork Trail, June 2015)(This Post)