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By Danny Ritz

There is never a shortage of things to do and areas to explore in Southern Orange County, especially during the summer time. This week, we are highlighting a free outdoor offering by the California State Parks in San Clemente.

What: Sea to Summit guided tour of the San Mateo Watershed

When: Every Wednesday at 9 a.m.

Where: San Mateo Campground Campfire Center

Degree of Difficulty: Easy

Length of Hike: Two miles

This summer, California State Parks is offering an exciting addition to its educational programming.

Cryssie Moreno, and interpreter for San Onofre State Beach, explains how this culturally rich 45 to 60-minute guided tour in south San Clemente assures a greater understanding of the dynamic space that is the San Onofre Parks coastal wilderness zone.

“This area has unique geographical features and rich cultural history. Some of my favorite parts of the hike include learning about native flora and viewing one of the last untouched watersheds left in Southern California,” Moreno said.

The hiking trail, while made of dirt, is an easy walk and widely accessible to most, Moreno said. Participants are asked to wear close-toed shoes, hats and sunscreen. All ages are welcome and day-use parking fees apply.

For more information, contact the State Park’s Orange Coast District office at 949.492.0802.

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