The Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park is an 8,000 acre protected preserve located on the western slopes of the Santa Ana Mountains in Orange County, California. Its varied terrain includes old stream terraces, sandstone canyons, hills and meadows that are home to impressive stands of native Coastal Live Oak and California Sycamore. Running streams and lush meadows provide a habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, from reptiles to raptors and deer to mountain lions. Since the park is only a short drive from home, we've decided to to pop up there today and see if any early wildflowers are blooming and look for a likely spot to set up our wildlife camera. Southern California has been hit hard by a series of strong, wet storms recently, and more rain is forecast today, so if you're joining us for this virtual day hike, you'd better throw a tarp over your computer and slip your mouse in a Ziploc! When you're fully weather-proofed, you can click on the photo link below to get started!
Check out Orange County, A Day Hiker's Guide for maps and descriptions of trails at Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park.