Bommer Canyon Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Irvine, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Great hike in Irvine. Trails are good, wide, and the area is quiet. You will see many other hikers, runners and mountain bikers on the weekends.
Clean and restrooms ! Possible to connect with many trails
If this is an easy hike it has to be the bottom part of the canyon. The hike up West Fork would be categorized as hard. The first .5 mile is on Bommer Meadow which is gravel double trail with a gentle incline. The next .6 mile is on Nature Loop which is the same double wide gravel trail with a similar gentle incline. The return .4 mile would be along the side of Bommer Canyon Road on hard packed dirt. Then walk out on Bommer Meadow completing a 2 mile hike. The asphalt road and Bommer Canyon Community Park are gated and fenced and only open for special events. Hikers are not permitted to use the roadway.
I enjoyed this spot so much last week (hiking only the lower, relatively flat portion), that I came back to do it again, but this time going beyond the ranch (at 2 miles) and continuing on up West Fork trail to the ridge.
My only additional comment is that once you begin up that West Fork trail to the ridge, the vertical gain is considerable (probably average 20% for about a mile), and you're no longer looking at a comfortable, easy hike. If someone is not accustomed to at least moderately strenuous hiking, you'll want to take a slow pace up that last mile. The real draw of completing that last mile and making it to the top of the ridge is to be able to say you made it to the top, and to enjoy the views. Right at the top you'll look back back east across the valley to Saddleback Mountain. Once at the top, continue on the trail for about .25 miles more (you'll be heading west towards the ocean with the park on your right), and you'll see a lovely view of the ocean and Catalina island. If you have someone willing to come pick you up, you can get dropped off at one end of the trail (either at the top or the bottom) and get picked up at the other end, for a 3 mile hike.