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Limestone Canyon in Orange County CA

Postby stoaX » Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:25 pm

I went online to check out Limestone Canyon in Orange County CA. In order to access the area you need to sign up for one of their scheduled hikes (or other scheduled activities). My idea of hiking does not include having 20 strangers alongside me. Is this a trend? Is this the future? Having to get a permit to go somewhere is a hassle, but I recoil at being told how, when and where to hike by the authorities. Please re-assure me that this is an exception...
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Re: Limestone Canyon in Orange County CA

Postby bscott » Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:17 pm

limestone canyon is a conservancy. that means they get to set the rules. your money (i am assuming) goes to help keep the area in good shape, which lately is more than can be said about some of other local wilderness areas.

note: i am not saying i agree with a general "pay to play" formula, i am just saying in this particular case they are able to do so.
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Re: Limestone Canyon in Orange County CA

Postby stoaX » Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:57 pm

I don't mind paying permit fees, park entrance fees or for trailhead parking...I just like to hike by myself or with a partner at a time that is convenient for us. The idea of having to join a group at an appointed time is off-putting.

But if I want to see the "Grand Canyon" of Southern California, I guess I'll just take a deep breath and join the program.

I suppose the peer pressure of having others with you all the time would prevent some bad behavior like switchback cutting and littering.
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Re: Limestone Canyon in Orange County CA

Postby fatdad » Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:38 am

Yup, if you want to see it, then you got to play by their rules. However, keep in mind that this is Orange County. While there may be more people in your immediate vicinity, there will be far less people in the area. Go to Crystal Cove (the canyon) on a weekend if you want something to compare it to.

I went on one of the first tours they ever gave for that place (mt. biking that is) and had fun, of sorts. If they tell you the story of a poor mt. biker who crashed after getting stung in the mouth by a bee, and then just missed getting bitten by a rattlesnake, that poor guy is me.
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Re: Limestone Canyon in Orange County CA

Postby lcarreau » Wed Feb 22, 2017 2:44 pm

^^^^ That's because you didn't float like a butterfly and sting like a bee, fatdad :!:

Don't you all get tired of living in Orange County (?), I mean ... being that's it's so close to HOLLY-WEIRD and all.
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Re: Limestone Canyon in Orange County CA

Postby stoaX » Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:50 pm

fatdad wrote: a poor mt. biker who crashed after getting stung in the mouth by a bee, and then just missed getting bitten by a rattlesnake, that poor guy is me.


Yikes! It sounds like Limestone Canyon is too dangerous of a place for me, I'll just stick to the Sierras.
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Re: Limestone Canyon in Orange County CA

Postby stoaX » Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:54 pm

lcarreau wrote:^^^^ That's because you didn't float like a butterfly and sting like a bee, fatdad :!:

Don't you all get tired of living in Orange County (?), I mean ... being that's it's so close to HOLLY-WEIRD and all.


Holly-weird is at about 60 miles away from my house. Considering that it takes several hours through LA traffic to get there, it's not that close.
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Re: Limestone Canyon in Orange County CA

Postby fatdad » Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:54 pm

I think it's just a personal curse. I learned a valuable lesson though: don't do steep descents on a mt. bike with your mouth open.

Back on topic, I think it would be really lush back in there with all the rain we've been having. Not a bad time to go. Holy Jim Falls is probably looking pretty good too.
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Re: Limestone Canyon in Orange County CA

Postby phydeux » Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:40 am

lcarreau wrote:^^^^ That's because you didn't float like a butterfly and sting like a bee, fatdad :!:

Don't you all get tired of living in Orange County (?), I mean ... being that's it's so close to HOLLY-WEIRD and all.


The traffic has gotten to the point where it takes so long to get to/from Orange County to L.A. that its really not considered close anymore. Don't even think about driving in the West L.A. area (between downtown L.A. and Santa Monica); its crowded 24hrs/day, 7 days/week.

And if you live in Phoenix you're only a couple hours drive from the liberal artsy-phartsy nutcases in Sedona. :wink:
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Re: Limestone Canyon in Orange County CA

Postby bscott » Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:17 pm

lcarreau wrote:Don't you all get tired of living in Orange County (?), I mean ... being that's it's so close to HOLLY-WEIRD and all.


i was born and raised here, but this state is going to hell between the taxes and the catch-and-release jail program. i'll probably leave when i retire. if i can talk the girlfriend into it haha.
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Re: Limestone Canyon in Orange County CA

Postby simonov » Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:42 pm

lcarreau wrote:Don't you all get tired of living in Orange County (?), I mean ... being that's it's so close to HOLLY-WEIRD and all.

Yes, I did, so I moved to Reno last summer.
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Re: Limestone Canyon in Orange County CA

Postby bobpickering » Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:02 pm

I grew up in Holly-weird and escaped to Reno in 1979.
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Re: Limestone Canyon in Orange County CA

Postby fatdad » Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:11 am

bscott wrote:
lcarreau wrote:Don't you all get tired of living in Orange County (?), I mean ... being that's it's so close to HOLLY-WEIRD and all.


i was born and raised here, but this state is going to hell between the taxes and the catch-and-release jail program. i'll probably leave when i retire. if i can talk the girlfriend into it haha.

Oh brother. Where's the eye rolling emoticon? Spoken like a true OC Republican (and I was raised in Costa Mesa so I know of what I speak). I agree that taxes are a bummer, but that's the price you pay for living some place awesome. The catch and release claim? That's just white suburban paranoia. Sorry to burst your bubble, but they are not out to get you.
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