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TRAIL TIPS FOR GOOD ETIQUETTE & GOOD TIMES


Santiago Oaks Regional Park held its first pop-up Safe Trails Day Saturday,
Feb. 27 to promote sharing the trails safely with other users.


SHARE THE TRAIL
Most trails in OC Parks are multi-user, meaning people visit by foot, bicycle and even on horseback. Here are some tips for sharing the trail:

Trails in OC Parks over the past year have seen many visitors exploring and enjoying Orange County’s natural beauty. Whether you are a new trail user or a seasoned veteran, it’s good to know how to visit parks responsibly and leave them as you found them for others to enjoy.

  • Stay alert. Be on the lookout for faster trail users – bikers, runners and equestrians.
  • Bikes yield to pedestrians. Both pedestrians and bikes yield to equestrians.
  • Bikes riding downhill should yield to uphill cyclists. Always obey the 10 mph speed limit.
  • Allow room for others to pass. If necessary, walk in single file and don’t block the trail.

 
COMMUNICATE
  • Don’t tune out. Wear only one earbud so you can hear others coming.
  • Avoid startling other trail users. Make your presence known, particularly when approaching from behind. Bike bells help at a distance, but your voice is better.
  • Say “hello!” and communicate with other trail users when approaching or passing (or just to be nice!).
KNOW THE RULES
  • Make sure dogs are permitted if you plan to bring your furry friend. Most wilderness parks do not allow dogs.
  • If dogs are permitted, they must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times. Make sure to pick up after your dog and dispose of their waste properly.
  • Stay out of closed areas and off unauthorized trails, which are not signed and don’t appear on official park maps. This helps preserve habitat for wildlife, plus these areas may have unseen hazards.
  • Respect park hours. Using the trails when parks are closed can be dangerous and disturbs native wildlife.
  • Trails may close for up to three days following significant rain. Check our alerts page for updates and current status.
BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR
  • Pack it in, pack it out. Dispose of your trash properly and do not leave it along the trail. Leave no trace.
  • Don’t pick the flowers. Leave them for the next visitors to see, and to seed for next year’s bloom.
  • It’s hard to believe we have to say this, but please do not vandalize or damage park property or natural resources.

EXTENDED SPRING-SUMMER PARK HOURS
BEGIN MARCH 14

The clocks spring forward early March 14, marking the beginning of daylight-saving time and OC Parks’ spring-summer operating schedule.
 
Spring-summer hours for the following regional parks are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.:

  • Carbon Canyon Regional Park
  • Clark Regional Park
  • Craig Regional Park
  • Laguna Niguel Regional Park
  • Mason Regional Park
  • Mile Square Regional Park
  • Tri-City Regional Park
  • Yorba Regional Park
  • Irvine Regional Park (opens at 6 a.m.)
Wilderness parks and the following regional parks are open at 7 a.m. and close at sunset year round:
  • O’Neill Regional Park
  • Peters Canyon Regional Park  
  • Santiago Oaks Regional Park
  • Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
  • Caspers Wilderness Park
  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park (parking lots open at 8 a.m.)
  • Riley Wilderness Park
  • Talbert Regional Park
  • Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
  • Wieder Regional Park
  • Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve

Irvine Lake will continue to operate Friday-Sunday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Hours for OC Parks’ beaches vary, but are generally between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Salt Creek Beach opens at 5 a.m. and will close at 12 a.m. Thousand Steps Beach opens at 6 a.m. and will close at 9 p.m.

OC Parks facilities will remain on these operating hours until daylight-saving time ends Nov. 7, 2021.

INSIDE THE OUTDOORS AT THE OC ZOO
The Orange County Department of Education’s Inside the Outdoors Foundation tragically lost their environmental education program headquarters and the animals inside to the recent Bond Fire in Silverado Canyon. Though deeply saddened by the losses, the OC Zoo was happy to host Inside the Outdoors for a photo and video shoot to help them rebuild their virtual library for future public programming.
Click the video above to watch!
Resource Specialist Nathan is back to tell us what to expect in March, including frogs, butterflies and the Vernal Equinox!

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for recreation, education and exploration.

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