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Dramatic new view at Orange County park

March 13, 2011 |  6:39 pm

On Friday, OC Parks and the Irvine Ranch Conservancy unveiled a viewing deck in Limestone Canyon — not to be confused with Limestone Canyon & Whiting Ranch — so that visitors can experience the natural wonders that some call a "mini-Grand Canyon" from a safe vantage point.

The county accepted a donation of 20,000 acres from the Irvine Co., including this part of Limestone Canyon. In the fall, the Irvine Ranch Conservancy and OC Parks opened the canyon to the public.

Nestled in the mountains behind Irvine the secluded Limestone Canyon is a 20-minute drive from the city.

"We're in the middle of a spectacular natural area," said Irvine Ranch Conservancy Executive Director Michael O'Connell. "This spot has some of the best views in Orange County."

Read more: Orange County park gets viewing deck with dramatic vistas


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Photo: Mountain biker Mansoor Vakili takes in the expansive view of "The Sinks" from the new viewing deck at Limestone Canyon, which was dedicated by officials from Irvine Ranch Conservancy and OC Parks on Friday. Credit: Don Leach / Daily Pilot