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.
2013 Trail Locations and Descriptions
Black Star Canyon 8k - 20k (TBD) - New to our lineup of races in 2013 we are excited to offer Black Star Canyon, Southern California's permanently protected wildland located in eastern Orange County. The Irvine Ranch Conservancy recently opened this area for bimonthly public access days. With two newly added trails this stunning region is known for soaring sandstone cliffs, Red-tailed Hawks flying overhead, and majestic panoramas of the Santa Ana Mountains, as well as diverse sage scrub and chaparral habitats with many rare species of plants and animals. Our course routes will vary in distance and difficulty.
Irvine Park/Santiago Oaks 10k/21k - The original Into the Wild OC Trail Run takes place in two of the most beautiful parks in Orange County. You will find that this race will offer the right distance and difficulty level for you. Irvine Regional Park, Orange County's oldest park, will offer runners a less technical course beneath canopies of oaks and sycamore trees then 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, mountain vistas, and offer a variety of options for our trail race courses.
Limestone Canyon 12k/20k in the Spring - Limestone Canyon, part of the Irvine Ranch Open Space, is one of the crown jewels of the Santa Ana Mountains. This rare and spectacular park contains year-round springs, panoramic views, thick woodlands, and a diversity of protected habitat which makes it a favorite among outdoorsmen. During our springtime race you will be captivated by its pristine beauty. Some will even be distracted and engulfed with its grand display of wildflowers that line the course as runners rush through the trail system of California's first Natural Landmark.
Irvine Park 8k Series - Our three 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 run the trails outlining Irvine Park as the sun slowly lowers in the sky. After the race participants will be treated to a concert in the parkas they relax with their family and friends enjoying the sounds and sights of the pleasant summer evenings in Southern California.
Limestone Canyon 12k/20k in the Fall - 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 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 that help 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!