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Let’s Go Outside and Explore the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks

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This September, let’s get back to nature and experience the breathtaking views of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. The magnificent open space and parks offer a full calendar of daily activities and free, guided programs spanning hiking, mountain bike rides, horseback riding, habitat restoration and special events for nature enthusiasts of all ages and fitness skill levels.

Every Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m., join Irvine Ranch Conservancy volunteers for a Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road in OC Parks’ Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. Skip the gym and choose between a 3, 6 or 8-mile route in the great outdoors. All hikes are conducted at the speed of about 3-3.5 miles per hour.

Each Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. naturalists will host a Mid-Week Hike in a different park location. Wednesday, September 2 visits Bommer Canyon, which is a historic ranch that has become open space. The hike involves multiple steep climbs with over 2,220 feet of accumulated climbing elevation across 10-12 miles.

The Mid-Week Hike on Wednesday, September 9 ventures through Quail Hill in the City of Irvine Open Space Preserve. Several single-track trails, steep climbs and descents are experienced at a moderate pace spanning a 10-12 mile journey.

Wednesday, September 16 takes the Mid-Week Hike to Aqua Chinon in Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. Experience The Sinks, Box Springs, Loma Ridge, Limestone Ridge and Limestone Canyon on a moderate paced hike spanning 10-12 miles of breathtaking landscapes.

Wednesday, September 23’s Mid-Week Hike travels alongside a working avocado grove within Orchard Hills and Loma Ridge. A 10-12 mile moderately paced journey will provide spectacular views of all of Orange County.

The final Mid-Week Hike of the month returns to Bommer Canyon on Wednesday, September 30. The hike involves multiple steep climbs and descents across a variety of trail types.

Each first Friday of the month at 8:30 a.m. help improve the habitat of the land by joining the First Friday Habitat Restoration in Buck Gully Reserve. Simple things like watering and collecting seeds for planting can greatly improve habitat for wildlife in this Newport Beach preserve.

The Tuesday morning Fitness Hikes, Wednesday Mid-Week Hikes and First Friday Habitat Restoration Days are just a snapshot of the full calendar of free, outdoor, guided activities available at Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Register for free online at http://LetsGoOutside.org and begin the adventure today.

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