Even though some trails on the Landmarks might be considered “easy,” it does not mean they are boring. There are a variety of easy 7-day access trails on the Landmarks that provide beginning hikers with the perfect introduction to native habitats - some rare and only found in Southern California. Easy trails can be used as a stepping stone into hiking and can also become part of a regular routine to get outside and experience the natural beauty in our own backyard.
Beginning hikers can also make their way through easy trails in Bommer Canyon, strolling past ancient oak and sycamore groves and rough rock outcrops. One of Orange County’s oldest cattle ranches and former farmlands, Bommer Canyon is now home to beautiful trails such as the Bommer Meadow Trail and Nature Loop Trail. Seven-day access trails within the City of Irvine Open Space Preserve have been temporarily converted to one-way use for all users. Visit the City of Irvine’s website for more information and a map of the trail system.
The City of Newport Beach’s Buck Gully Reserve is hidden among the suburbs of Newport Beach and is another great location for beginning hikers to explore. Visitors will travel through a shady canyon full of rich plant life, next to a peaceful creek that runs along the Buck Gully Trail. Buck Gully Reserve is open daily from dawn to dusk. More information about Buck Gully can be found on the City of Newport Beach’s website.
Irvine Ranch Conservancy invites visitors to try something new and start the year with beginning 7-day access trails on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks! For more information about Irvine Ranch Conservancy and the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, visit IRConservancy.org. Follow Irvine Ranch Conservancy on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the most up-to-date information about the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks.