Ronald Casper Wilderness Park, for those who still haven’t come to this place, is an 8,000 acre protected wilderness preserve nestled among the river terraces and sandstone canyons of the western coastal Santa Ana Mountains. It’s a great location for camping, hiking, sightseeing, and of course – photography.

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The park’s many fertile valleys are overtly complemented by specimen groves of native Coastal Live Oak and magnificent stands of California Sycamore.

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These areas are further accentuated by seasonal wildflower displays and running streams. When we came over for a short hike, there was no streams to see. Nevertheless, the scenery was beautiful with lots of trails to explore.

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It is Orange County’s largest park, the wilderness setting offers a rare opportunity to experience nature in all its splendor throughout the year. People go here for camping, horse riding, and lots of bicycles! Below is the nature center. It was closed when we came.

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We had a great day exploring a few trails and also the playground. The weather was perfect and the wind rustling through the leaves sounded so blissful.

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The park is located about a half mile from the highway (as the crow flies), so most of the traffic cannot be heard from the campgrounds. Large trucks and emergency vehicles are the exceptions. If you come here, remember to take the beautiful and serene Bell Canyon trail. Also, getting there early in the morning is much better because the lack of shade on the roads means it gets hot later in the day.

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