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Join us as we explore the vastness of Fremont Canyon, part of OCParks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space, on horseback. Our trail begins at the foot of the Irvine Lake Dam, where the sky is often filled with large soaring birds. You will find the sage-scented trail lined with thick chaparral and rock outcroppings. Our horses will take us up several moderate to steep climbs on this ride, but the effort will be rewarded by magnificent views of Irvine Lake. From atop high ridges, you will look down upon Fremont, Baker, and Black Star Canyons and far beyond if the day is clear. With its rugged landscape and abundance of life, you will come away from this ride with memories and an appreciation for the land.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-4 activity on the land. Please visit our FAQ page for answers to activity specific questions you may have prior to registering.

Equestrians must have their own horse, trail riding experience, and be able to trailer their horse to the staging area. Participants will not have the option of “riding in” to the staging area. Though this ride is not long in distance, it includes rigorous steep hills and is recommended for horses in very good physical condition. Horses must be able to comfortably travel the ride as described, and be well-behaved in a group. This walking ride travels on single-track trails and wide fire roads. Owners of unshod horses, please note that the footing may include areas of gravel and pavement.

Please note that you will be asked to adhere to the following measures during the activity in order to participate:

  • Be registered in advance, no walk-up registration is permitted.
  • Arrive with all necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail, including water, proper attire, and closed-toe footwear, first aid, health needs etc.
  • Restrooms will be available, but facilities will not be sanitized for each individual.
  • You may be prevented from participating if you do not adhere to the above protocols.

Additionally, in an effort to respect and protect all employees, volunteers, and participants, please do not sign up or attend if you are not feeling well, exhibiting any symptoms of illness or have been in recent contact with someone who was ill.

Learn more and register here.

Equestrian Ride in Fremont: Big, Bold, Breathtaking!