Nearly 40,000 acres of open space on the historic Irvine Ranch have been designated a Natural Landmark by both the State of California and the U.S. Department of the Interior. This honor recognizes the exceptional value of these lands to California and the entire nation. This land is part of the 50,000 acres of permanently protected land preserved on the historic Irvine Ranch. The Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks contain important natural habitats and unusual geological formations. The landscape is home to hundreds of species of plants and animals, including eagles, badgers, mountain lions, Tecate cypress trees, and many rare species of birds, reptiles, amphibians and plants. Scientists have identified this region as one of the world
Came a day (02/17/2017) after rain storm, and it was awesome; the waterfall at the end was huge! Most of the trail is relatively easy, until you hit a sign that points to the falls. Once you get there, it gets a little challenging and gradually gets more challenging as you go up. You'll be climbing rocks and crossing high water rivers. I didn't want to get my feet wet, so we took a little longer. Once I missed a rock and landed in the water, I just went in the water and crossed.. should have done that from the start haha
Heard a lot of poison oak, I didn't necessarily see them (or maybe don't know what it looks like), but I'll need to wait a few days to see if I actually encountered it. I kind of covered up, so I'm crossing my fingers I won't get any rashes.
I'm definitely coming back!
Perfect amount of rock climbing and trail blazing in this hike! Loved the gorgeous falls at the top of the hike too. Bring some bug spray because the gnats and other insects kept attacking us and a long sleeve shirt will prevent you from getting scratched by random branches coming into the trail. Overall I loved the hike and it has become my new favorite adventure spot!