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Largest hiking club in the Great OC
The Orange County Hiking Club, is a charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit which exists to promote physical, mental and emotional wellness through connection with nature. In addition to outdoor recreation for our members, OC Hiking Club nurtures stewardship that protects trails for future generations and provides education, encouragement and nature-empowerment for people of all ages, families and at-risk youth through mentorship and leadership development in the outdoors.  
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ANIMALS

Black bear

There are many black bears in Southern California, but there are no grizzly bears.

Bears can climb trees and run up to 30 mph, but will rarely attack unless provoked. Everyone has heard the old adage, "don't get between a bear and her cubs, " - and it's true!

Hikers should take care in backcountry areas. While engaging in activities, remain alert for black bears. Talking loudly as you walk is usually sufficient. In heavily populated bear areas "bear bells" may be useful and some hikers carry pepper spray. Look for signs of bear activity, such as feces.

How to Avoid Bear Encounters

Bears have an excellent sense of smell and will be able to smell your food.

DO NOT

What to do if You Encounter a Bear

Stay away from Bear Cubs

Baby bears are generally docile and curious creatures. They may come close to you to investigate-like the young of any animal, they are still learning about the world they live in. Do not be deceived by their cuteness: the mama bear is likely close by and will perceive you as a threat to her cubs and may attack you. Do not pet or come close to baby bears.

What to Do if A Bear Attacks You

Like most animals, bears will not attack you unless they have a reason to. Keep your distance from them and you will likely be able to avoid a bear attack.


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