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It's Wildflower Season in Orange County

Posted by: Sharlene Earnshaw
Posted on: Monday, Mar 20, 2017

After years of crippling drought, the 2017 rainy season has brought much-needed relief to California. Reservoirs are full, snow pack is high, and our rolling hills are vibrantly green once again. One of the most pleasant side effects of an ample rainy season is the explosion of wildflowers that is currently taking place in and around Orange County. Now is the time to hit the trails and appreciate Orange County area parks wilderness areas at their absolute finest. 

One of the best place places to see a diverse array of wildflowers is Irvine's Bommer Canyon.  Here hikers will discover lupine, goldfields, fiddlenecks, chia, thistle, storksbill, blue dicks, prickly pear, poppies, and more.

Beyond Bommer Canyon, expect to spot wildflowers in Hidden Canyon, Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, Santiago Oaks Regional Park, Caspers Wilderness Park, and Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Special guided wildflower-focused hikes will take place in various locations at the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Advanced signup is necessary.  

 

East of Irvine, a massive wildflower explosion in occurring in Chino Hills State Park. Carpets of poppies, lupine, and various other wildflowers are blanketing the vibrantly green hillsides, making it one of the prime wildflower viewing locations in the entire state.  The drive from Irvine to the State Park along the 241 Toll Road is incredibly scenic with all sorts of wildflowers to gaze at along the way. 

One other location not to be missed is Walker Canyon, located about an hour from Irvine off I15 near Lake Elsinore. This location has caused traffic jams because gawkers gazing at the fields of poppies that can be spotted from the freeway. A short walk uphill from the parking area off of the Lake Blvd exit will allow you to be up close and personal with California's official state flower.

 

Want more wildflower fun? Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks is hosting 24 Hours of Wildflowers on all their social media platforms in celebration of wildflower season! Every hour for 24 hours on March 21, 2017, they will be featuring a different native wildflower and sharing where you can find it out on the park land. The fun will start at 9 a.m. Follow the hashtags #24HoursofWildflowers and #OCMountaintoSea.

 All photos by Sharlene Earnshaw 

Great Park Ice and Sports Complex - Irvine

Posted by: Ellen Bell
Posted on: Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017

Orange County is known for its miles of sandy beaches, its warm, balmy breezes, and a year-round supply of sunshine.

 

Ice? Not so much.

 

Until now, that is.

 

 

 

In 2018, Irvine will have ice - four sheets of it to be exact - enclosed in the Great Park Ice and Sports Complex. This 270,000 square foot ice facility will be one of the largest in the nation and will put Irvine on the map as an important hockey and figure skating destination.

 

 

 

The complex will serve as the practice center for the Anaheim Ducks, but it’s purpose goes way beyond Orange County’s professional hockey team. The Great Park Ice and Sports Complex will open its doors to the community as well, providing precious ice time for local youth leagues.

 

“Ice time is the number one thing because the high school and Jr. Ducks are buying ice from rinks all over Orange County,” said Craig Johnson, Director of Coaches for the Jr. Ducks high school league.

 

The popularity of ice hockey has grown over the past 25 years in Orange County. The Anaheim Ducks organization has created more than a desire to watch the sport. Now their fans want to get out on the ice themselves. Unfortunately, the local infrastructure and availability of ice facilities haven't kept pace with OC hockey fever.

 

Director and coach Kathy McGarrigle has seen the Lady Ducks program grow from three teams and 55 girls to 11 teams and more than 180 in just the past decade.

 

“Every time there’s a learn-to-skate program, we have dozens of kids who want to join,” she said. “There’s such a shortage of ice in Southern California because hockey is growing faster than rinks can support it.”

 

 

 

The Irvine Ice Foundation - a non-profit organization comprised of civic leaders - will own the complex. The Samueli Foundation, started by Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli, will serve as the major contributor. It will be a partnership program with the City of Irvine who will lease the land. Part of the agreement allows the city to take over the facility in the future. The project will be self-funded, self-sustaining and will require no taxpayer funds for construction.

 

The 13.5-acre property is located at the western portion of the Great Park, near existing sports fields and the Great Park Balloon Ride.

 

Tom Betti, the architect for the project, said the Great Park Ice and Sports Complex will take advantage of the warm and sunny climate by using more glass for natural light. There will also be large outdoor spaces, where players can warm-up and spectators can enjoy picnics.

 

 

 

It looks like Ice and Sunshine are a good combination after all.

A Hiker's Guide to Irvine

Posted by: Guest
Posted on: Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017

Caption: Fire road and hills, Quail Trail, Irvine, California
Credit: L.A. Nature Graphics
Source: Shutterstock.com

By Joe Laing 


The call to come visit Orange County, California might seem simple - the stunning coastline, the
sparkling cities, the glorious weather - but the draw for hikers is especially strong from the city of Irvine, a place where nature and history have shaped outdoor spaces like no other. 

One such extraordinary collection of spaces, where trails lead to mountain forests, rugged seas and rocky canyons, is known as The Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Nearly 300 miles of trails stretch across this 50,000-acre preserve, inviting hikers to learn about the area's ranching history, the singular beauty of coastal bluffs and the places where wildlife shelters among giant boulders. 

Here's the real beauty ... that's just the beginning of the adventure open to hikers who come to Irvine. Thanks to an amazing variety of regional and wilderness parks surrounding the city,
hiking enthusiasts can find a different trail, a different terrain and a different view from the top for as long as they'd like to stretch their legs.

To make getting started on Irvine's iconic trails easier, here's a guide to some favorites, based on your hiking personality:

Hiking to Find Spectacular Views: So many trails in and around Irvine fit this bill, but why not try the Sinks Trail at Limestone Canyon Regional Park, trails along coastal canyons and rocky beaches at Crystal Cove State Park or the paths that loop through Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, especially the one through Little Sycamore Canyon?

 

 


Caption: 
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, main beach view
Credit: LangunaticPhoto
Source: LagunaticPhoto / Shutterstock.com

 

Hiking in the Heart of the City: Orange County, the Irvine Ranch Conservancy and the City of Irvine have spared no effort to create trails within easy reach of civilization. One epic example is the 22-mile Mountains to Sea Trail which combines hikes through rugged canyons and brushes with five OC cities, with the ultimate reward of Upper Newport Bay at its southern terminus. 

Hiking with Kids: A particular favorite with families is the 3-mile Woodbridge Trail in the heart of Irvine. Young nature lovers will also enjoy a loop through Irvine Regional Park (the park's scheduled night hikes are a special treat). Speaking of scheduled hikes, the docent-led treks into wilderness areas at many of the Irvine Ranch preserves are excellent, so be
sure to check their schedules while in the Irvine area.


Caption:
 Limestone Ridge Trail in Limestone Canyon on Irvine Ranch
Credit: jdpphoto
Source: Shutterstock.com


Hiking in Search of Wildlife: Created as a 4,500-acre wildlife sanctuary, Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park features an 11-mile loop trail with plenty of time to see eagles, hawks and falcons above and glimpses of several protected species along the trail to the top of the ridge. One more spot favored by wildlife-loving hikers is Bommer Canyon, especially on wilderness access days.

Hiking Multiple Trails to Test Your Limits: If you're one of those hikers who loves a good challenge, make your way to the Quail Hill Trailhead in South Irvine. It's a premier access point to multiple trails, so planning a long day's loop will be easy. Depending on your preferred
terrain, the Shady Canyon Trail gives access to the Turtle Rock Trail, the University Trail and the Bonita Canyon Trail, all the way to Newport Beach. You can use the same trailhead to start your trip up Juanita Moe Trail around Quail Hill Preserve, or to take the Quail Hill Loop.

Has this guide convinced you that there's a place to hike near Irvine that appeals to every style of hiker? If you're ready to test your muscles, capture new vacation photos and experience Orange County outdoors at its best, here are some links to more information on Irvine's exemplary trail system:

Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV, a nationwide RV rental company. Joe has been on the road working within the travel industry for over 20 years, and greatly enjoys exploring the outdoors. Joe has been camping across the United States, from coast-to-coast, and makes a point to stop at national landmarks along the way. He is also actively involved in numerous campground associations, including RVIA's Go RV-ing committee, as well as travel industry associations.

Finding Holiday Peace - Naturally

Posted by: Ellen Bell
Posted on: Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016

This holiday season, a little peace may be hard to find. 

With a busy schedule chock-full of tasks, errands and events, it’s difficult to get some breathing room. Fortunately there’s a little piece of tranquility only minutes away from the hectic bustle of the holidays.
Recently, I put myself in time-out.


 

I turned off my phone, powered-down my laptop, and joined locals just like me for a free, 90-minute yoga class.


The setting is beautiful Bommer Canyon, part of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. This unique collection of preserved Open Space is Irvine’s best-kept secret.  Even though it's a vibrant city of more than 250,000 residents, Irvine has a wide variety of hiking and biking wilderness trails that are only minutes away.

 
Bommer Canyon is part of nearly 20,000 sprawling acres of natural wildland and is in the largest coastal open space remaining between Los Angeles and San Diego. Known as the South Coast Wilderness, these remarkable lands contain some of the largest remaining areas of coastal sage scrub along with oak woodlands, native grasslands, and craggy rock outcrops.
We begin our class with an easy hike down the East Fork trail.  There were few sounds, except the soft conversations of hikers and the crunch of dried leaves under our feet.
Every once and awhile we stop to notice little things; like an interesting plant or a red tail hawk soaring in the sky above.  It’s hard to believe that we are in the heart of Orange County, surrounded by millions of people. Here on the trail, there are only a few.

  

 

 

 

 

It is a beautiful, crisp morning when I arrive at the canyon trailhead. Mette, a volunteer docent from the OC Parks , directs me up the short drive to an area near the old Irvine Ranch cowboy camp. This collection of old barns and sheds is where they used to bring cattle down from across the ranch for the annual Spring Round Up. Fortunately these buildings remain, a reminder of a different time when Irvine was a much different place.

 

  

 

 



After about 30 minutes, we settle under a grove of old sycamore trees and lay our mats on the earth. I’ve practiced yoga for years, but have never experienced a class outdoors like this. It is quiet. Serene. My breathing begins to match the breeze that rustles the golden leaves over my head. For a blissful hour, I am free from the day-to-day bustle of the holidays and I breathe in peace.

The level of difficulty is perfect for a beginner, and the delightfully different setting is a surprising change of pace for Yoga veterans who have only practiced inside a studio. 
 
When I return to my car I am refreshed and renewed. I realize that have given myself the best gift this holiday season; a new sense of gratitude for the places of natural beauty that are right here,  in the middle of my city.
For more information on Yoga at Bommer Canyon or other Irvine Ranch Conservancy programs, check out their website.

The Christmas Guide to Orange County 2016

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Thursday, Dec 08, 2016

Orange County has a variety of Christmas festivities to enjoy this holiday season. Although we may not experience below freezing temperatures or snowfall, you will be overcome with merry, holiday spirit through these decked out places and cheerful entertainment.

Knott's Merry Farm

Until January 1, 2017, experience Knott's Berry Farm's transformation into a winter wonderland with thousands of twinkling lights and holiday décor. Join in the fun with the ice skating spectacular, Snoopy on Ice, sing-along with the Calico Carolers, meet Santa Claus in his Christmas Village and be dazzled by the all new production, ‘It's The Merriest Christmas Show Ever, Charlie Brown'. At night, Ghost Town comes alive with Snow and Glow, a holiday celebration of music, lights and a blanket of snow that falls from the sky. Click Here for more information. 

OC Chill Ice Rink in Irvine

At the Irvine Spectrum Center, visitors can ice skate until their heart's content at one of Orange County's only outdoor ice rinks. Now through January 16, 2017 the rink will be open daily from 11 a.m. until 9:15 p.m. and guests of all ages can shred the ice for only $20 per person with rentals. On Saturday nights, grab a hot cocoa and enjoy live bands scattered throughout the Center. For this upcoming Saturday, enjoy Snow Day! presented by the Active Ride ShopClick here for more information.  

Christmas Boat Parade

A combination of opulence and beauty, the 108th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade showcases luxury yachts, personal boats, and kayaks covered in Christmas lights and holiday decorations. Running December 14th through the 18th, 2016 the annual tradition is one of Orange County's most popular attractions and was even named "one of the top ten holiday happenings in the nation" by the New York Times. The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is one of the local traditions that I look forward to and if I'm able to make it, enjoy every year! I love getting a toasty cup of hot cocoa or coffee and walking on the boardwalk along the water as the boats sail by. There are many spots along the water in which you can take a seat to watch (bring blankets to get extra snuggly). You'll really have fun seeing the creativity, and ingenuity that is poured into lighting up these small to large boats! Click here for more information and a map of the parade route!

"Pirate's Take Christmas!," at Pirate's Dinner Adventure

Shiver me timbers...scoundrel pirates have captured Santa and Mrs. Claus and are threatening to put an end to the holiday season at Pirate's Dinner Adventure. The two hour, interactive Christmas dinner show runs December 5th through the 25th, 2016 and includes a delicious, four-course holiday feast. View the Pirate's Dinner Adventure's Rise of the Sea Dragon show below to get a taste of what's in store. Get tickets to Pirate's Take Christmas here!
 


Video and Images via Pirate's Dinner Adventure

Bolsa Chica's Christmas at the Beach

To escape the cold of the North Poll, Santa Claus visits Bolsa Chica ever year on December 11th, 2016. Garnering his favorite Southern California outfit, Santa meets with all the good boys and girls on his Christmas jet ski. After the sun sets, put on your ugly Christmas sweater and cozy up by the fire to roast marshmallows and watch the hit movie, "Despicable Me." Sounds like the perfect evening with a loved one or family!

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort

One of my all time favorite places has been sprinkled with pixie dust for a transformation into a winter wonderland for Holidays at the Disneyland Resort which runs now through January 8th, 2017. The iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle glimmers with Christmas lights, Jack Skellington has taken over the Haunted Mansion and boughs of holly line Main Street. Visitors can also enjoy favorites like It's A Small World Christmas with over 100,000 lights, the beloved Fantasy Parade and the night-time firework spectacular. You can even catch Santa Clause and his merry elves at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail at Disney California Adventure Park. While in the Disney California Adventure Park, experience cultural traditions with the Disney Festival of Holidays, and you'll want to stay for the World of Color - Season of Light, your favorite water and lights spectacular with a holiday twist! Santa will also visit the Disneyland Park and he can be seen at a special location in Critter Country. You'll also want to try the variety of holiday-inspired decorated sweet treats available at the Disney Parks! Click here for ticket info!

The Christmas Carol at the South Coast Repertory

Charles Dicken's classic, A Christmas Carol comes to life at the South Coast Repertory. The whole family will enjoy the live play depicting Scrooge as he transform from a cold, greedy man to a generous, kind-hearted business owner set in nineteenth-century London. The limited time production runs November 25th through the 26th, 2016.  Click here for ticket info!

Images via South Coast Repertory 

Festival Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker Ballet

Take part in the grandeur and extravagance of the timeless Nutcracker ballet - the holiday season isn't complete with out dancing mice and snowflakes, the sugarplum fairy & nutcracker and more! The Festival Ballet Theatre is back with a performance of over 100 dancers at  Barclay Theatre! Click here for ticket info!

Images and Video via Festival Ballet Theatre
 
Happy Holidays!
 
Some event information provided by Visit Buena Park 

LA Rams Return to OC Fans

Posted by: Ellen Bell
Posted on: Thursday, Aug 04, 2016

Football fans can be a crazy bunch. 

We wait in long lines wearing fuzzy wigs and face paint. We spend hours outside in the freezing cold or the blistering heat in the stands when we could be at home watching from the comforts of our couch instead. We consume food that would never be part of any reasonable, healthy adult's diet.

All for the love of the game.

And any sports fans will tell you that the best part of any fan experience is rooting for the guys on the field. 

 

This summer pro football has come to Irvine, if only for the month of August, and I had a chance to check out their practice and get a first look at the newly-christened Los Angeles Rams. The UC Irvine campus is the summer home for the Rams, who trotted out onto Crawford Field, wearing new logos and fresh jerseys, ready to make their first impression. 

Orange County has been without a pro football team for decades. The Rams left Anaheim in 1994, leaving thousands of faithful fans behind. So even though this Open Practice was all about new beginnings, there was something very familiar about the experience.

Names like Dickerson and Ferragamo were written on the backs of fans who remember the good old days. But right along side them were throngs of little guys, boys and girls wearing jerseys with names like Goff and Gurley, representing the next generation of Los Angeles Rams fans. 

The Open Practice at UCI is a great idea. It's a chance to heal old wounds with bereft fans who still remember the team's bitter departure. But it's also an opportunity to create new memories with the kids they brought along with them.

There's plenty of seating for the free practices and there are lots of opportunities to see the team in action.  After every practice, kids 14 and under will have a chance to get a few autographs. You can buy a spiffy new jersey or a flag for your front porch. Maybe even pose for a picture with a Rams Cheerleader.

The Rams will pack up camp at the end of August and move back up to LA.  But it's only fitting that they begin this season's campaign right where they left off 22 years ago...

In Orange County. 

For more information and practice schedules...check out the LA Rams website

LA Rams Train at UCI: July 2016

Posted by: Ellen Bell
Posted on: Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016

Hey Irvine, Are you ready for some football?

By now everyone knows that the NFL is returning to Los Angeles  for the 2016-2017 season. But for a few weeks this summer, Irvine residents won't have to go far to catch a glimpse of California's newest football team. 

The University of California, Irvine and the Los Angeles Rams have agreed to terms allowing the team to host its 2016 training camp on campus, returning professional football to Orange County for the first time in two decades.

Rams fans can watch players in action for free on UCI's Crawford Field on a variety of days throughout the summer.

photo credit Ric Tapia courtesy of LA Rams

 

This will be a homecoming of sorts for the Rams, who practiced at UCI from 1990 to 1992 and in 1994. The Rams will also be coming home to Orange County, where they  played in Anaheim Stadium from 1980 to 1995. 

"We look forward to training at UCI in preparation for the 2016 season," said Rams head coach Jeff Fisher. "Their facilities are top-notch, and we're excited to welcome our fans to their campus as we gear up for the start of the season."

Rams rookies will report to UCI on July 26, and the remainder of the team will report to camp on July 29. The Rams' first public practice will kick off Saturday, July 30, starting at 3:30 p.m. Gates open 90 minutes prior to each practice, and select players will sign autographs after all open practices. 

For additional information on the Rams training camp at UCI, including parking, visit https://specialreports.news.uci.edu/rams, www.parking.uci.edu/rams and www.therams.com

 

Harvest Wildflower Seeds at the Irvine Ranch Conservancy Native Seed Farm

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Monday, Jun 20, 2016

If you're looking for a way to connect and give back to the community and nature, join Irvine Ranch Conservancy volunteers to collect wildflower and plant seeds at the Native Seed Farm in Irvine any Wednesday or Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (all tools and training provided). There are a variety of plant species in the Irvine Ranch Landmarks, as well as the ways that those native plants disperse their seed. Many of those same native plants are grown at the Irvine Ranch Conservancy Seed Farm, and they need your help to harvest nearly 15,000 native seedlings which were planted in the winter. 

Arroyo lupine's seed pods buckle and twist as they dry out in the sun, eventually popping open and sending seeds flying. Cobweb thistle has pappus with tufts of hair on their seeds that resemble parachutes and help their seed glide along with the wind. Other flowers such as dandelions use this method as well, but cobweb thistle pappus is much larger in size so it can catch enough of a breeze to carry the plant's bulky seeds. 

The seeds grown on the farm will be used to regrow native species habitat restoration sites throughout the Landmarks. This is important because the plants regrown by the seeds you harvested will serve as food and shelter for the area's local animals like the Coastal Cactus Wren and the Quino Checkerspot Butterfly.

Seeds are collected and laid out to dry, and any additional materials collected such as leaves, stems and petals are repurposed as a natural mulch to fertilize soil on the Landmarks. Since nothing goes to waste, everything volunteers collect during harvesting season on the Native Seed Farm has a huge impact on future successful habitat restoration. 

Information on Harvest Volunteering

  • Every Wednesday and Saturday - See Dates here
  • 8:30am-12:00pm
  • No experience needed (tools and training will be provided)
  • No hiking is required and activities are family friendly and free with required pre-registration, which closes at 4 p.m. the day prior to each event.
  • Children 8 years old and up are welcome to volunteer on the farm, and must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.
  • For more details on programs at the Native Seed Farm, click here or visit LetsGoOutside.org/activities

Images and info provided by The Ace Agency


Get Glowing Irvine: Colorful and Coastal 5Ks

Posted by: Guest
Posted on: Thursday, Jun 09, 2016

Katie Dillman, Communications Coordinator at Premier Glow.

Running a 5K used to be a pretty straightforward morning event, geared toward serious runners but that mentality is starting to change. Large production style race events like Foam Glow and Mud Runs are attracting participants to their events by changing the face of the 5K to focus on themes, obstacles, exciting locations, and of course fun for all ages and abilities. These events are the perfect opportunity to plan a trip, try something new, support a cause you care about all while getting outdoors and enjoying being active with friends, family, and neighbors. 

Here are 5 Irvine races to check out this summer and fall.

Irvine Lake Mud Run, Summer of Mud 2016, June 18th

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The Irvine Lake Mud Run is a down and dirty all day event that caters to several skills of runners, ages, and abilities.  Participants can choose to enter a timed or untimed race as an individual or team.  It will also offer a "Mud Puddles" wave for children after the adult heats have started.  For those who want to get in on the fun but skip the racing, there will be food vendors (open from 8:00 - 4:00), a beer garden (open from 10:00 - 4:00), and action sports and eco-fair booths (open from 8:00 - 4:00)

The course will bring a brand new set of challenges this year, placing 20 obstacles throughout the course.  Participants are guaranteed to get muddy but showers and changing rooms are provided.  It's recommended to bring a change of clothes for the post race festivities and lockers are provided on site.

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Lexus LaceUp Running Series, September 3rd

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The Lexus LaceUp Series presented by Saucony aims to bring a big race atmosphere to a community-oriented event. Runners can choose between a half marathon, 10K, or 5K across a scenic course. 2016 is bringing its participants even more options by adding two new events, the Kid's 1K and the Irvine Marathon Relay. The relay event allows runners to spread the 26.2-mile race across 2 to 5 team members.

The event uses chip timing and real-time results to time runners across the out and back style course. Runners are rewarded at the finish line with a finishing medal, Sierra Nevada beer, a local food truck brunch, and a music tent. This event provides free race photos to its participants and more activities for children will be added this year. It is being held at Mike Ward Community Park.

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Irvine Ecorun, Nov 5th

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The Ecorun is a new series of race circuits that takes place across the California coastline and is hosted in some the state's most picturesque state parks. The goal of the race is to promote local sustainability projects by using entry fees to fund environmentally friendly startups. Organizers seek to bring together individuals, students, NGOs, environmentalists and green companies with a passion for promoting and growing sustainable projects within their California communities.

The Ecorun directly sponsors projects themed around alternative energy, conservation, organic farming, and habitat restoration and involves three levels of education to help local governments meet their sustainability goals.

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Foam Glow 5K, November 5th

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Foam Glow brings the bright aesthetic of races like The Color Run Tropicana to a nighttime timeslot by setting the colors aglow.  Race participants come armed with bubble guns and navigate a course filled with neon foam shooting cannons.  The aerial view of this race looks like a scene from Ghostbusters, with runners wading through a glowing, foam filled street.

This event has already attracted over 200 team sign ups for the Irvine race at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre but they will be fighting The Ecorun (happening earlier that same day) for participants.  Foam Glow gives back to Children's Cancer Research and is still looking for volunteers for the November 5th event.

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The Color Run, November 19th

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The Color Run is bringing "The Happiest 5K on Earth" to residents and visitors of Irvine this fall.  The Tropicana themed fun kicks off at Library Park 8:00 am and continues throughout the brightly colored race course, ending with the finish festival at the brand new Rainbow Beach.

Pace yourself and enjoy the course because The Color Run does not post race times.  It's focus is on happiness, health, and individuality.  According to its website, The Color Run is now the single largest event series in the world, offering races in over 35 countries in 2015 and growing in 2016.

The Color Run is testing a night time format in 3 cities this summer with intention of scaling that event nationwide in 2017. 

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About Katie

Katie Dillman is a Communications Coordinator with Premier Glow, an online retailer of glow products.  She enjoys working with businesses through copywriting to share ideas that connect with their audience.
 

Hike Irvine's Quail Hill Loop with man's best friend

Posted by: Guest
Posted on: Thursday, May 05, 2016

Written by Agnes Constante

There's a bountiful amount of activities ready for the taking in Irvine. From an abundance of restaurants, shopping options and outdoor adventures, there's something to do for everyone - including your dog!



If you're looking to do something with man's best friend in Irvine, the 1.8-mile Quail Hill Loop is a perfect option. And, fun fact: It's the only wilderness trail in the Natural Landmarks that allows people to hike with their dog(s) on a leash.

Quail Hill Loop is a really family-friendly trail that's pretty easy with a small stretch of incline that shouldn't be too difficult regardless of your level of fitness. The pathway is entirely dirt and is pretty close to the 405 freeway that on the majority of the loop, you can see and hear cars driving by. It's not too distracting, though, and it's actually kind of unique that the trail is located where it is.

 

Another cool part of the trail is that visitors can take an audio tour around the loop! Simply dial (949) 743-5943 on your cell phone and enter the number that corresponds to the marked locations around the path. While this tour is free of charge, visitors will be responsible for covering any costs associated with minute or data consumption.

One of the best parts of Quail Hill Loop is Vista Point, which offers a beautiful, panoramic view of the freeway and city.



Before walking or jogging this trail, it's worth noting that there's no shade. So if you go on a warm day, be sure to bring some water, a hat and/or sunscreen.

While this loop is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, novice hikers, and other similar individuals, it is also a great spot for photography aficionados! The scenery is great for photo shoots, especially if you go into the taller-than-average grass.

The loop is open daily from 6am to sunset and can be reached via the Quail Hill Trailhead, located at:

34 Shady Canyon Drive,
Irvine, CA 92603

Parking is free and there are clean bathrooms on site to use.


Photos by Agnes Constante


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