Some trips listed here will require either a US Forest Service Pass, State Parks Pass or an OC Parks Pass. If you are not familiar with these, please read below.
US Forest Service Pass: This is required of any vehicle that parks within a National Forest (such as our Cleveland National Forest), even for a brief moment. Most people purchase an annual pass, called an Adventure Pass, which is a great value. Currently the cost of a pass is $30. One day passes may also be purchased. These may be purchased most easily at sports and outdoor stores such as Big 5, REI and Sports Authority. Please purchase a pass in advance - passes are NOT available on the day of the trip. For more information visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r5/passes-permits.
California State Parks Pass: Four California State Parks are in or near the borders of Orange County and require payment of either a day-use fee or use of a pass. Day use fees vary by park and can be paid on the day of the trip at the entrance to the park. Many frequent users prefer to purchase an annual Day-Use Pass. Currently the cost is $195 (senior discounts also). This pass allows unlimited access to all California State Parks. Annual passes may be purchased at most State Park entrances as well as at http://store.parks.ca.gov/park-passes/.
OC Parks Wilderness Pass: Several Regional and Wilderness Parks within the county are owned and operated by OC Parks. These locations require payment of either a day-use fee or use of a pass. Day use fees vary by park and can be paid on the day of the trip at the entrance to the park. Many frequent users prefer to purchase an annual Wilderness Parking Pass. Currently the cost is $55 (senior rates also). This pass allows unlimited access to all inland (not beach) parks, such as Caspers, Irvine Regional Park, Aliso/Wood Canyon, O'Neill, Laguna Coast Wilderness, Whiting Ranch and others. Annual passes may be purchased at most OC Parks facilities. For more information visit: http://ocparks.com/about/fees/pass.