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Limestone Canyon-Introductory Cardio Hike - Loma Ridge via Dripping Springs

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To hike in this area you must first sign up with the Irvine Ranch Conservancy!

NOTES: It's wildflowers time and there are some poison oaks on the trails. Limestone Canyon is connecting with Whiting Ranch, so it has most everything Whiting Ranch has including red rocks, sandstone, poison oaks and's also a mountain lions country too...we are prepared and be aware being in nature? FYI!

CHECKING TIME: 7:45 - 8:00 AM

DURATION: about 2.5 Hours
DISTANCE: 6 miles
ELEVATION: about 1000ft gain

ESSENTIALS: Bring plenty of water, sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat...snacks...


Explore beautiful Limestone Canyon on this cardio hike. Along the trail, you'll pass through coastal sage scrub, grasslands, and oak woodlands. Multiple steep climbs and descents are included. Enjoy views of Saddleback Peak and the Cleveland National Forest along the way. Remember, even though this is a slower cardio hike, it is still faster than a walk. There is a docent leader taking us to Loma Ridge via Dripping Springs

The hikes in the Limestone Canyon Wilderness area are some of the most scenic hikes in Orange County. On dirt fire road and are well maintained by O.C. Parks and the Irvine Ranch Conservancy. There is no cost for parking on these hikes but you must sign up. The docent lead hikes are required because of the sensitive habitat in Limestone Canyon. More info of Limestone Canyon:


Driving Directions to the Augustine Staging Area

From the North: If take the 55 exit E. Chapman Ave, going 4.5 miles it'll turn to Santiago Canyon Rd, see below:

If take the 5 freeway exit Jamboree Road, head north (toward the Tustin Market Place)approximately 5 ½ miles to Santiago Canyon Rd., turn Right on Santiago Canyon Rd., see below:

• Follow Santiago Canyon Rd. approximately 4.5 miles
• Turn Right into the Augustine Staging Area directly after going under a white bridge (it is the only bridge over Santiago Canyon Road)
• Look for right hand turn lane
• NOTE: If the gate is closed, the sign says Hicks Haul Road Gate- you are in the right area.

From South Orange County
• Take El Toro Road East (toward Saddleback Mountain)
• El Toro Road turns into Santiago Canyon Road
• Follow Santiago Canyon Rd. approximately 1.8 miles past Silverado Canyon Rd. to the Augustine Staging Area entrance
• Turn Left into Augustine Staging Area, look for the left hand turn lane (only left turn lane on Santiago Canyon Road)
• NOTE: If the gate is closed, the sign says Hicks Haul Road Gate- you are in the right area.


Please make notes next to your name to carpool at Ralphs or Albertsons or meet at the trailhead.

1. From North OC and near the 55 Frwy and E. Chapman Ave, Ralphs Market is a good location, I'll be there at 7:15AM and here is the address RALPHS 2620 E Chapman Ave Orange, CA 92869.

2. From Central OC and you come from Orange, Irvine or Tustin area, Albertsons on Chapman and Jamboree is a good location. 7:30AM to be there and address: 8440 EAST CHAPMAN AVENUE Orange, CA 92867.

3. From the South, take Santiago Canyon up from El Toro Rd., follow the IRC driving direction!


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Hiking is a rewarding and pleasant activity in nature, but there are certain dangers you should be aware of. Those include, but are not limited to, trip and fall injuries, bee stings, poison oak exposure, ticks and snake bites. By signing up for this event, you agree to hold harmless the hike organizer, assistant organizers and other participants for any injuries sustained during this hike***