View of Irvine Lake from Fremont Canyon Ridge

Irvine Lake from Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve

Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve

Fremont Canyon is often referred to as “the Yosemite of Orange County” due to its striking beauty and massive granite formations. It is rich in biological diversity and history. The area is also home to many rare, threatened and endangered plants and animals. The Irvine Ranch Conservancy conducts frequent scheduled docent-led hikes and also lead mountain bike rides and equestrian rides enabling nature lovers to experience the canyon’s remote wonders. Registration for docent-led programs is required due to the area’s sensitive habitat, but all programs are free. (LetsGoOutside.com).

The docent-led hike I joined on a recent Saturday morning was informative and mildly challenging. We climbed to the top of the ridge on some continuously steep hills. Our pace included many stops to learn about the flora and fauna where we learned about animal scat and animal tracks. One hiker also made a cast of mountain lion foot prints that were embedded in the creek bed from recent rains.

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this summer at Santiago Canyon College/Community Services with Julie Diebolt Price. Here is our schedule of classes.

Mt. Hood Reflected in Trillium Lake Oregon

Reflection of Mt. Hood in Trillium Lake, Cascade Range, Oregon

Mt. Hood Reflected in Trillium Lake, Oregon

Fall in the Pacific Northwest can offer incredible scenic opportunities. In October last year we drove around the base of Mt. Hood to Trillium Lake and I was able to capture this image with my iPhone 4S.

Trillium Lake (man made) is located about seven miles south-southwest of Mt. Hood. It is formed by a dam at the headwaters of Mud Creek which is a tributary to the Salmon River. It was created in 1960 by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The area was part of Barlow Road which was a segment of the Oregon Trail. Trillium is a flower particularly noticeable here.

Mt. Hood, in the Cascade Range, is located about 50 miles east-southeast of Portland and is Oregon’s highest mountain at 11,249 feet and the peak is home to twelve glaciers. While Mt. Hood is considered potentially active, an eruption is unlikely, so is informally considered dormant.

It is a popular hiking destination, as well as skiing (sometimes into July) and climbing. More than 130 people have died in climbing-related accidents since records have been kept. It seems that someone always loses their life during the winter months on the mountain.

We travel here a lot and I have conducted of tours in this Pacific Northwest area. I call this the Oregon Bounty Tour and offer this program twice per year.