Go take a hike! It's National "Take a Hike" day!! Seriously!!!
ABOUT THE HIKE: We begin this hike in Mason Regional Park located near UC Irvine, walking around its beautiful 9 acre lake. Across Culver, we enter the 345 acre open space, urban "wilderness." The is a four mile round trip, out and back, beginner hike on a paved surface with minimal elevation gain. The trail is designated as "wilderness" located between University Drive on one side and residential uses on the other. It is a riparian lowland area that supports four different natural communities: non-native grassland, coastal sage scrub, southern willow woodland, and mulefat scrub. Sections of the trail have year round streams with small fish and crayfish. We return from the open space to the park and picnic tables overlooking the lake for our picnic. Leashed dogs are welcome in the park and open space. It is always a joy to find a hidden gem of park and open space lands tucked within central Orange County... and a great place for a relaxed hike in the great outdoors on a Sunday morning!
ABOUT OUR PICNIC: Picnic tables overlooking the lake are located adjacent to parking. We will not be carrying picnic items on the hike. Please bring food to share for our potluck Sunday Brunch. BYOB (beverage). This may be an alcohol restricted area, so we will exercise adult discretion and Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination. Restrooms are available near our picnic and parking areas.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From the 405 Freeway, take the University Drive exit toward the coast.... just past Culver, turn left at the signal into Mason Regional Park. The parking fee is $5 on weekends within this OC Park and free in the surrounding neighborhoods. Proceed through the gate house and turn right to the first parking area across from the lake that will be our meetup location.
DISCLAIMER: Group organizer and assistant organizers assume no liability; hike at your own risk. By being a member of this group you hereby agree to assume all risks and liability related to or resulting from any group functions. You agree that neither you nor any third party will hold any of the group's leaders, officers, or representatives liable for any injury, loss, or damage to your own person or any members of your family, friends, acquaintances, children, pets, or property, arising directly or as a consequence from a group activity. You also agree that your membership of this group is based on an "at will" basis.