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New O.C. service offers guided hike

May 26, 2009 6:50:49 AM PDT
A new service in Irvine is helping hikers get in their exercise and a little education. All it takes are walking shoes and a cell phone.The Irvine Ranch Conservancy has introduced a self-guided cell phone tour through quail hill.

Hikers just dial the number posted along the trail, and nine stops give users opportunities to learn about the natural and cultural history of the area, including landscape and wildlife.

"I think it's fantastic," said hiker Mike Sperling. "We've always wanted to learn more about this area."

The audio tour is free, and the only cost is cell phone minutes.

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