The Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks which is part of 50,000 acres of preserved lands on the historic Irvine Ranch is offering a variety of fitness activities and programs such as yoga, tai chi, cardio hikes and more.

 

Enjoy being active on your own, with your significant other, family or group of friends all while taking in the beautiful views and majestic, open spaces. Here are some of the many exciting activities recurring since September or coming up, for more visit the events page:

 

·       Meditative Yoga and Meadow Walk kicks off on Wednesday, October 4 in Bommer Canyon and continues Wednesday mornings  from 9:30 – 11 a.m. throughout the year.

·       YIKING: Cardio Hike and Yoga on Sunday, October 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. invites visitors to raise their heart rate before connecting with nature in an instructor led yoga class held alongside the scenic West Loma Ridge and continues every other Sunday morning.

·       Tai Chi in the Canyon on Monday, October 2 from 9 - 11 a.m. encourages participants to begin their week with Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese exercise known for its low-impact movements with meditative qualities and continues each Monday morning.

·       Tuesday Morning Fitness Hikes on Paved Hicks Haul Road are reoccurring treks that allow hikers to choose from a 3, 6, or 8-mile route through OC Parks’ Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve.

·       The After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road on Wednesday, September 27 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. is a hike lead at a fast-paced walk or jog and continues each Wednesday evening.

·       Orchard Hills Evening Hike on Thursday, October 12 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. encourages visitors to enjoy an evening on the Orchard Hills loop trail to gain an sweeping view of the scenic west.

·       Wilderness Access Days at Limestone Canyon, Bommer Canyon, and Black Star Canyon invite visitors to explore these highly-protected lands which each offer several trails for beginner and experienced hikers, bikers, and equestrians.

 

More about the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks  

The Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks stretch in a giant green crescent from Weir Canyon near the 91 Freeway at the north end of the Irvine Ranch… connect with the Cleveland National Forest along the ranch’s northeastern border… continue south where they include the massive regional open space network in the northern and southern hillsides of Irvine… and extend all the way to Laguna Coast Wilderness Park and Crystal Cove State Park near Laguna Beach.

Prized for its beauty, unusual geology and extraordinary diversity of flora and fauna, the Landmarks feature many special places unlike anywhere else. Among them: 5,500-acre Limestone Canyon, home to a striking geological formation called the “Sinks” that is frequently compared to a miniature Grand Canyon; the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, one of Southern California’s largest coastal freshwater marshes; Irvine’s beautiful and tranquil Bommer and Shady Canyons; the distinctive Quail Hill preserve, the life-covered tide pools of Crystal Cove beach, and more than 7,000 acres of coastal hills and bluewater views.

“The magnificent open space, parks and recreational opportunities on The Irvine Ranch provide natural beauty, relief from development and secure our unique Southern California outdoor lifestyle,” says Donald Bren, founder of the Irvine Ranch Conservancy. “Residents of the communities on the historic Irvine Ranch have a better sense of their urban limits and the security of knowing these large green buffers around them will exist forever.”

 
 

 

Photos provided by The ACE Agency