Outdoor Calendar

October 28, 2010
  • GOING SOMEWHERE: Two men walk on a trail near the entrance of the Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park.
GOING SOMEWHERE: Two men walk on a trail near the entrance… (COASTLINE FILE…)

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. Wildfire season is here. Fires of any kind are prohibited in wilderness areas. Please report any suspicious activity to park rangers. Sunscreen, sturdy shoes and water are wilderness essentials, along with any medications you require. Wilderness areas may be closed during periods of extreme fire danger. 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. Docent-led backcountry hikes are scheduled for 9 a.m. most Saturdays and Sundays. Hikes are three to five miles long, and last about two hours.

Note: Hikes meet at one of these locations:


El Moro Visitor Center — from Coast Highway, turn inland at the School/State Park light and follow park signs.

Los Trancos — from Coast Highway, turn inland at Los Trancos. Meet near the trailer.

Pelican Point Lot No. 2 — From Coast Highway, turn coastward at Newport Coast.

For more information, call (949) 497-7647 or e-mail

Creeply Crawly Hike: 9 a.m. Saturday. Join a state park volunteer for a guided 3-5 mile backcountry hike. Meet at El Moro Visitor Center (from Coast Highway, turn inland at stoplight for School-State Park.) $15 day-use parking fee.

Volunteer Training: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Crystal Cove State Park is seeking new Trail Assistant Volunteers to help patrol the backcountry wilderness, provide route information, help with bike repair, provide water, and serve as the eyes and ears assisting park staff.

The next training is scheduled at the Los Trancos office. For more information, contact Winter Bonnin at

Tidepool Walk: 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6. Join a Crystal Cove State Park docent on a guided tidepool walk to Little Treasure Cove (only accessible on the lowest of tides) when the tide will fall to -1.2, one of the lowest tides of the year. A volunteer will help identify animals. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #1,(PCH turn coastward at Newport Coast stoplight, right at the kiosk to the end) $15 day-use parking fee.


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