Portola Hike through O’Neill Park and Lone Hill--In Honor of Phil Brigandi

Join Orange County Historian Eric Plunkett and Trail Guide Paula Dilsaver on a hike exploring several sites along Gaspar Portola’s 1769 expedition in south Orange County. Included will be interpreted talks at Portola’s campsite on the mesa, the former Indian village site of Alauna, and at the top of Lone Hill from where Portola Expedition members could spot San Clemente and Santa Catalina Islands. Along the way, you’ll be introduced to the flora and fauna of the area.

This particular hike was one that Orange County historian Phil Brigandi had planned to lead this spring; we’ll be conducting it in his honor.

This hike is divided into two parts.

Leg One. This is a gentle hike on a trail that’s partially paved/hard-packed, with little elevation gain in 2.5 hours. It will include two interpretive stops.

Leg Two. Please be advised that this is considered a moderate climb (with a few steep and rough portions) with an elevation gain of 400’ in three-quarters of a mile up to the top of Lone Hill. The total loop is about one and one-half miles and will take about an hour.

It’s not necessary to participate in both legs of the hike. When you register, please indicate if you will be continuing with Leg Two of our hike.

** There are no restrooms on this route. **

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020
Time: 8:45 a.m. Check-in. Hike will leave at 9:00 a.m.
Parking: Mission Hills Christian School, Rancho Santa Margarita

Additional information (directions, parking meeting location, etc.) will be provided as part of your email confirmation.

Space is limited.

Any other questions, please contact hikes@orangecountyhistory.org





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