When picturing Orange County, one might think of beautiful beaches or luxury shopping, but few would picture limestone cliffs that are 30 million to 40 million years old.
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 from a safe space can experience the natural wonders that some call a "mini Grand Canyon."
On June 29, 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."