Buck Gully Reserve provides one of the best views of the Pacific Ocean in Newport Beach and gives nature enthusiasts the chance to explore the beautiful California holly during these winter months. From dawn to dusk, you can check out this hidden oasis of lush wilderness and running water or sign up for a docent-led tour to give you a more in-depth look into the reserve.
The City of Newport Beach, in partnership with Irvine Ranch Conservancy, manages the Reserve through, among other means, targeted invasive plant species identification, removal and habitat restoration. The Buck Gully Reserve includes 300 acres of lush wilderness, home to numerous species of plants and animals. Miles of trails running through protected open space habitats bring residents close to nature while they walk, run, hike and bike.
Due to this year-round water source, Buck Gully attracts birds and wildlife such as the acorn woodpecker, brush rabbit, migrating songbirds and coyotes, and provides exceptional growing conditions for different plant communities including riparian and coastal sage scrub.
Buck Gully Reserve is open daily from dawn to dusk, and during scheduled docent-led programs. To experience this hidden gem in Newport Beach, click the programs below or discover more at letsgooutside.org/activities.
Buck Gully Loop Hike on Saturday, January 12 from 8 - 11:30 a.m. will take hikers up through the three-mile length of the canyon, along San Joaquin Hills Road and stopping at Canyon Watch Park for a panoramic view of the reserve and Pacific coastline.
Buck Gully Upper Loop Evening Hike on Saturday, February 9 from 3:30 - 6 p.m. explores the richness of Newport Beach's Buck Gully Reserve at dusk. Hikers will have a view of the stream and experience the rich plant and animal life in the cool, shady canyon, making for a fantastic evening hike in a natural oasis amid the suburban surroundings.
Most guided programs on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks are free and open to the public with required pre-registration, which closes at 4 p.m. the day prior to each event. For more details on programs on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks and to learn more about the Buck Gully experience visit www.LetsGoOutside.org.