Trail running is a continually changing adventure triggering all your senses. The crisp clean air swirling into your lungs, the mud squishing under your feet , finding the proper foot placement, balancing on top of rocks, the water crossings, the views, the smells, the sounds, and did I mention the challenge to the human body. Whether it is spring, summer, winter, or fall you will find beauty and excitement each time you run trails.
2017 Trail Locations and Descriptions
March 11th - Into the Wild OC Trail Run 10k/21k - The original Into the Wild OC Trail Run takes place in two of the most beautiful parks in Orange County. This race will offer the right distance and difficulty level for you. Irvine Regional Park, Orange County's oldest park, will offer 10k runners a less technical course beneath canopies of oaks and sycamore trees. Runners will then head out onto the natural California flora lined trails. The 21k will challenge the best of us when runners enter the interconnecting trail system of Santiago Oaks Regional Park. Santiago Oaks will treat runners to an assortment of wide and rocky, to single-track trails with steep climbs and descents. Both parks are intersected by Santiago Creek and share acres of natural charm, an abundance of wildlife, and mountain vistas.
June 3rd - Into the Wild Black Star Canyon 9.2k - Black Star Canyon is part of Southern California's permanently protected wildland located in eastern Orange County. Our figure eight course will fill all your senses in this stunning region. Black Star is known for its soaring sandstone cliffs, Red-tailed Hawks flying overhead, and majestic panoramas of the Santa Ana Mountains.
July 20th and July 27th - Into the Wild Rockin' Summer Runs 5ks – Our two event race series in the summer introduces people of all ages to the exciting world of short distance trail racing. Our evening single loop races will wind its way on a course designed for the beginner trail runner or advanced street racer. Runners will use their skills to race the trails outlining Irvine Park as the sun slowly lowers in the sky. Post-race participants will be treated to a concert in the park as they relax with their family and friends enjoying the sounds and sights of the pleasant summer evenings in Southern California.
September 30th - Into the Wild Fremont Canyon 28.8k - Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve, in all its beauty, is situated in the Santa Ana Mountains of Orange County. Fremont Canyon is often referred to by some as “the Yosemite of Orange County,” because of its picturesque granite rock formations, caves, ridgelines, and steep canyon walls. The peak of Fremont, situated at 2,376 ft., one can take in the breathtaking views of the snow-covered San Gabriel Mountains and as far north as Los Angeles and Palos Verdes. The one loop course offering 4035 feet of elevation gain and loss, will take you past many varieties of endangered plants, including coastal sage scrub, chaparral, oak woodlands, and the rare Tecate cypress. This diverse habitat of Fremont teems with wildlife, including cactus wrens, bats, Granite Spiny lizards, San Diego mountain king snakes, Bell’s sage sparrows, rock wrens, mountains lions, mule deer and golden eagles.
November 18th - Into the Wild Limestone Eco Challenge 12k/21k powered by HPN- Limestone Canyon offers runners the experience of seeing "original California" in its Fall glory. Meandering through the serene meadows and rolling hills runners experience the calm solitude of this pristine canyon. Once on the ridge you will be captivated by panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, Irvine Lake, and the Cleveland National Forest.
Into the Wild OC Trail Runs works as a partner with OC Parks and the Irvine Ranch Conservancy. By hosting these events Into the Wild OC Trail Runs will contribute to the Irvine Ranch Conservancy and the parks to directly support the habitat and wildlife. We encourage our runners to contribute time to the land by volunteering for activities with the Irvine Ranch Conservancy which helps give back to these protected lands.
We invite you to join our trail races and discover the unique land in which we live, work, and play!