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Landmark Focus: Buck Gully Reserve

PictureBuck Gully Reserve

​Tucked away in a coastal neighborhood of Newport Beach is Buck Gully Reserve, featuring nearly five miles of trails perfect for hiking year-round. Irvine Ranch Conservancy, in partnership with the City of Newport Beach works to protect, conserve, and maintain this valuable open space for Orange County residents to enjoy and experience.
Buck Gully Reserve consists of 300 acres of lush wilderness including a natural stream that runs all year long. The year-round water source provides a sustainable environment for native plant communities, including riparian and coastal sage scrub habitats that attract a variety of birds and wildlife.

Through the partnership with the City of Newport Beach, Irvine Ranch Conservancy helps to manage Buck Gully Reserve through targeted invasive plant species identification and removal, as well as habitat restoration. The Conservancy also maintains the Buck Gully trail system to help improve the experience for hikers and bikers.
In May 2020, Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s Planning and Infrastructure Crew completed an extensive number of repairs to the Buck Gully trail system including removal of overgrown trail vegetation, sustainable trail reroutes, surface erosion repairs, tread re-contouring to eliminate channelization of water and bank edge erosion, and more.
The Buck Gully trail system is open daily from dawn to dusk for self-guided access and passive use. To learn more about Buck Gully Reserve and the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks visit