Laguna Canyon Foundation to hold annual “Ales and Trails” fundraiser on June 15

Laguna Canyon Foundation (LCF) will be holding their annual “Ales and Trails” fundraiser at Troy Lee Designs in Downtown Laguna Beach on Saturday, June 15 from 6-10 p.m. Admission is free, and free tacos will be served. The event includes live music, limited-edition mugs for purchase, local beer on tap and a silent auction benefiting Laguna Canyon Foundation’s Trails Program. Auction items include a one-of-a-kind GT Sensor ST Pro Trail Bike, which was built out with top-of-the-line parts from Shimano, Crank Brothers, The Fox Factory and more.

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A Laguna Canyon trail

Laguna Canyon Foundation’s 2023/2024 trail season, which began in October, will be wrapping up on June 29. Over the past nine months, LCF held 39 volunteer trail stewardship days that resulted in noticeable trail improvements in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park and Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. In total, staff and volunteers improved 3,470 linear feet of trail tread, brushed 15,480 linear feet of trail and installed or improved 258 drains to better control the impact of water on the trail during the rainy season. These improvements create a better user experience for all trail users while also ensuring that critical trail-adjacent habitat is protected.

A project that many mountain bikers and hikers have been excited about is the recent improvements to Cholla Trail in Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. Thanks to funding by an anonymous private donor, Cholla Trail has been significantly improved over the last six months. LCF staff and volunteers smoothed out rough tread and narrowed the trail, which in some places had eroded the surrounding landscape and become as wide as a road.

The improvements to Cholla Trail are just one example of the trail work Laguna Canyon Foundation does around the parks every day to maintain Laguna Beach’s world-class trail system while protecting the surrounding wilderness. To get involved and help improve your favorite trails and better protect wildlife habitat, visit www.lagunacanyon.org/events. Upcoming trail volunteer days will be held on June 22 and 29.

Laguna Canyon Foundation is dedicated to preserving, protecting, enhancing and promoting the 22,000-acre South Coast Wilderness. They are the stewards of Laguna Canyon, advocating for our open space as the leading organization for education, public outreach, habitat restoration and trailwork in the canyons. They are the bridge between the open space and the surrounding world.

For more information, visit www.lagunacanyon.org.


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