From open spaces to regional parks to beachside bluffs, the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks encompass a diverse range of natural environments. The land’s expansive trail network allows people to explore nature, but in order to do this responsibly, we must prioritize the preservation and safety of both people and the environment by staying on a designated trail. Here are a few reasons it’s important to stay on designated trails:
- Enhance your experience: Each trail within the Landmarks has been carefully designed to provide visitors with safe and easily identifiable routes, allowing them to fully immerse themselves in nature and explore with confidence.
- Prioritize safety: IRC staff and its partners work to ensure the maintenance and safety of local hiking and walking paths for the enjoyment of all. However, unauthorized trails are not maintained by professionals, and can be hazardous. They are also more difficult for first responders to access in case of an emergency.
- Protect native plants and animals: Going off-trail can have a negative impact on the Landmark’s diverse ecosystems, such as promoting erosion, damaging wildlife habitats, and killing native plants. Staying on designated trails helps reduce the negative impact people have on the land and ensures its preservation for years to come.
- Support restoration efforts: Various restoration projects take place year-round to improve the quality and availability of native habitats. Staying on designated trails helps ensure these projects are successful.
To help conserve the beauty and well-being of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, we urge you to always stay on the designated trails. The Irvine Ranch Conservancy, together with OC Parks, the City of Irvine, and the City of Newport Beach, is dedicated to the preservation and maintenance of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Together, we can help ensure that our natural surroundings remain accessible for all to enjoy for generations to come.
Take a self-guided adventure out on one of The Landmarks’ trails or join IRC and its partners for one of their many guided activities, including various hikes and fitness programs. For more information, visit IRConservancy.org, LetsGoOutside.org or follow the Landmarks on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Happy hiking!