Orange County is home to some of the most beautiful protected wilderness areas in the entire country. Lace up your hiking shoes and see Orange County as it was yesterday and as it will be tomorrow during a two-hour moderate to strenuous hike at the Pacific Horizon Preserve on Saturday, April 21.
The preserve is one of seven properties purchased by OCTA as part of the OC Go Environmental Mitigation Program, a comprehensive plan that preserves and restores natural habitats and allows for expedited delivery of freeway projects. The properties are located in Trabuco Canyon, Brea, Silverado Canyon, and Laguna Beach. Together, they total more than 1,300 acres. OC Go is the new name of Measure M, Orange County’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements.
OCTA’s acquisition of Pacific Horizon Preserve allows for the area to be preserved as open space, ensuring the preservation of wildlife mobility as well as various sensitive species in the area. The reserve features a variety of habitats, including chaparral, grassland, and coastal sage scrub.
Hosted by OCTA, the event is free and registration is required. Hikers must be age 12 or over and minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All attendees must fill out and sign a liability waiver. Visit here to register.
To learn more about these protected preserves and upcoming events, click here.