IRC continually works to improve experiences for visitors on the land through building and maintaining excellent facilities. Sometimes, these facilities must be temporarily closed to prevent damage and keep visitors safe, such as after a fire or major rain event. Increased rainfall in 2023 resulted in a higher number of trail closures than normal and a proliferation of weeds on and around trails.
To minimize the need to close trails, IRC completed a trail-hardening project in Newport Beach’s Buck Gully Reserve. Parts of the trail system were completely rebuilt to include boulders, pea gravel, and compacted soil. These enhancements improve drainage and shorten the time it takes for a wet trail to dry. IRC’s team will monitor the effectiveness of these improvements to inform future trail-hardening projects in other preserve areas.
- Inspected, maintained, and repaired nearly 200 miles of trails. Mowed many miles of trails multiple times to manage increased vegetation growth due to high rainfall.
- Constructed :
- 1.2 miles of new single-track trails
- 4,860 feet of new fencing
- a new staging area in OC Parks’ Gypsum Canyon Wilderness
- a new viewing area with natural surface deck and cable railing
- Maintained and serviced 115 existing gates and built and installed 4 new gates.
- Inspected and maintained more than 500 trail and interpretive signs.
Check out the full 2023 Annual Report here.