Outdoors: Local park calendar

May 07, 2010

Note:Wilderness parks are closed for 48 hours or more after significant rainfall. Parks may be closed due to rain conditions or mud. Call (949) 923-2235 or visit websites for current conditions


Crystal Cove State Park, 8471 N. Coast Hwy, has 3.5 miles of beach and 2,000 acres of undeveloped woodland. $15 day-use parking fee.

The park is open 6 a.m. to sunset daily.

Backcountry Hike: 9 a.m. Monday. Go for a guided three-to-five-mile hike in the backcountry of Crystal Cove State Park and learn all about the spring wildflowers. El Moro Visitor Center. $15 day-use parking fee.

Historic District Walk: 10 a.m. Saturday. Take a walk through the renovated 12-acre Historic District to learn about the colorful past of the cove and hear about the different uses for each cottage. Meet at Los Trancos parking lot at the trailer. $15 day-use parking fee.


Geology Tour: 9 a.m. May 15. Visit several diverse and geologically outstanding sites which all display a story from a different geologic time. Meet at Los Trancos lot at the trailer. $15 day-use parking fee.


Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, 20101 Laguna Canyon Road; reservations and information, (949) 923-2235;

Rangers staff the park daily. Open daily, 7 a.m. to sunset, including holidays. Parking lot hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more about volunteering or helping Laguna Canyon Foundation to preserve, protect and enhance the South Coast Wilderness, visit www.lagunacanyon.orgor call (949) 497-8324.

Willow Canyon on Laguna Canyon Road, just south of the El Toro Road intersection. Open to hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers on specified trails; open 7 a.m. to sunset, but parking lot is only open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., $3.

Elder Trek: 9 to 11 a.m. today. Enjoy the outdoors and learn about diverse plant life on this easy, level, two-mile hike with foundation volunteer naturalists. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center. Reservations required, call (949) 923-2235. Parking: $3. Donation: $2 per person.

Wildflower Hike: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Learn to identify native spring bloomers with foundation volunteer naturalists on this moderate, but steep and rocky, 3.5-mile hike. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve. Reservations required, call (949) 923-2235. Program: $2 per person. Parking: $3.

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