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New Signage Helps Visitors Easily Explore the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks

PictureNew signage on the left, compared with old signage on the right.

The Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks are home to a vast network of trails that allow nature lovers to experience the beauty of Orange County’s native wildlands. Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s Planning & Infrastructure team thoughtfully plans and maintains a system of roads, trails, signage, and facilities that allow the public to safely access remote areas of the Landmarks.
In 2020, IRC’s Planning & Infrastructure team began implementing OC Parks’ Master Signage Plan that replaced current signage on the Landmarks with larger, more visible and brighter signs in order to help visitors navigate their way through local wildlands. Within five months of starting the project, the IRC team was able to replace signs in Limestone Canyon, Weir Canyon, Baker Canyon and Black Star Canyon.

PictureSignage for a T-intersection.

“Wayfinding is one of the most important tools while exploring trails throughout the Landmarks,” said Adam Maywhort, Director of Planning & Infrastructure at Irvine Ranch Conservancy. “The new signage will make wayfinding easier and help visitors know where they are.”
The new signs are larger in size, making them more visible and easier to read while hikers and bikers make their way along trails, especially at T-intersections. Updated graphics and color schemes help signs stand out and allow visitors to identify which part of the Landmarks they are exploring. Visitors on the Landmarks will also find new signage throughout the City of Irvine and City of Newport Beach open spaces, with city specific color schemes and graphics.
IRC’s Planning & Infrastructure team, along with its land partners, will continue to update signage throughout the Landmarks including gate and entry signs, as well as new informational signs and area maps.
Nature lovers can get a look at the new signage on 7-day access trails on the Landmarks including Buck Gully, Bommer Canyon and Orange County regional parks. To learn more about the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks visit