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Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park 28373 Alicia...

August 27, 2004

Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel

Park Information: (949) 923-2200 or http://www.ocparks.com

The park is open 7 a.m. to sunset daily, all year, for hiking,

bicycling and equestrian use. Parking is $3. No pets.

Special hiking programs can be arranged by calling Ranger Carroll

at (949) 923-2299. The ranger gives a free 30- to 45-minute Discovery

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Nature Talk suitable for all ages each second and fourth Saturday.

Meet at noon at the park entrance.

The Orange County Natural History Museum, open from 11 a.m. to 5

p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, is at the park entrance. For

information, call (949) 831-3287.

Crystal Cove State Park

8471 Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach

Park Conditions: (949) 494-3539; Interpretive Programs: (949)

497-7647

http://www.crystalcovestate

park.com

The park is open 6 a.m. to sunset, daily all year, for hiking,

bicycling and horseback riding. The park includes backcountry, bluff

top and beach areas, with access at different points. Parking $10.

Dogs are allowed only on paved paths above the beach.

Docent-led backcountry hikes are scheduled for most Saturdays and

Sundays at 9 a.m. Upcoming dates include Saturday and Sunday and

Sept. 4 and 5. Hikes are three to five miles and last about two

hours. Enjoy a sunset-to-moonlight beach walk at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Special Event: Be among the first to see the newly restored El Moro

Visitor Center at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday.

The state park has a variety of volunteer opportunities. For

details, call (949) 497-7647.

Irvine Ranch Land Reserve

The Nature Conservancy (714) 832-7478 or irvineranch@tnc.org

Participants meet at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park Headquarters on

Laguna Canyon Road, just south of the El Toro Road intersection. All

tours are free, but require reservations.

Special Activities: Meet for guided mountain bike rides at 8:15

a.m. Saturday and also 8 a.m. Sunday. Canter in for a 3 to 4 hour

equestrian ride at 8:00 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 29. Take a three-mile,

three-hour guided hike through Laurel Canyon at 8 a.m. Thursday,

Sept. 9.

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

20101 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach (949) 923-2235 or

http://www.ocparks.com and nonprofit support group websites,

http://www.lagunacanyon.org and http://www.lagunagreenbelt.org

Call the rangers to ask about special group hikes for schools,

scouts and other organizations and clubs. Parking is $3. No dogs.

Wilderness Access: Willow Canyon Staging Area, at 20101 Laguna

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