Looking for a great trail in Irvine Regional Park, California? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, dogs leash trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in Irvine Regional Park ranging from 1.8 to 5.9 miles and from 554 to 921 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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no shade
23 days ago

This is a decent hiking trail considering it is in a Regional Park. I went to Irvine Regional Park on a Tuesday and noticed the Farmer’s Market was happening (every Tuesday from 8-1 pm). After checking out the market, I parked next to the Peacock Hill Equestrian Center (parking lot D) & started on the hike. The trail was mostly golden shrubbery with beautiful mountains in the background. Start early if going in the summer because there’s not much shade & it gets hot out there! I hiked towards Santiago Oaks Regional Park and noticed the “Mountain Lion” area sign. Thankfully, none seen on this trip. It took about 2 hours with a couple side spurs in between. Enjoy!

One of my very first hikes as a kid on a field trip and got stung by a swarm of bees. The experience of the Ninja Bees was the worst, but the trail into the back woodsy area was awesome enough to remember. I recently took my kids there and there is more pavement these days. makes for a lovely stroll.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Very little shade! Wait till fall and winter especially if you bring a dog.

hiking
bugs
no shade
over grown
1 month ago

This trail was horse loop trail in Irvine regional Park. This was quite a hike up. Because of some disabilities I usually stay to flat or semi flat surfaces but this was definitely a pretty good hike straight up for the first I would say quarter to half a mile. Once you got past that, the rest of the trail was relatively easy to moderate. Even though I usually don't like trails like this, I rather enjoyed it and we'll be definitely coming back to this trail.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Just roll it and enjoy ! Hydration is key Had a great ride with some buds ~ TL Dawg

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Cute hike

I started on this trail not really knowing what the name of the trail was. when you come into the park and you turn immediately to right if you park in the very first parking lot on your right hand side you can take the service road that's right there which is paved. as you go up the service road you find yourself walking to a big huge red line that says private area if you look to your right that's where the trail for horseshoe loop starts. but there's no signage that tells you what the name of the trail is. It wasn't until I finally came to the end about two miles down the road that I realized which loop I was on. This is an excellent hike and I highly recommend it. I would say that it's on the easy side to slight moderate for those who might have knee or back problems because it's a little hilly.

I had low expectation of this trail from the reviews but was pleasantly surprised at how nice it was. Super easy, a little overgrown in some spots but overall pretty decent for a quick hike. Saw lots of birds and wildflowers. Great 360 views of Orange County all the way to the ocean.

hiking
no shade
off trail
over grown
3 months ago

This was a very fun trail. It was extremely over grown, but fun. Beware there are lots of bikers so keep an eye open for them. I think I would definitely do this trail again but probably not In The heat of Summer. there's not a lot of shade, as a matter of fact there wasn't any except towards the end of the trail there was a couple trees. We didn't travel the full story Miles because we got started kind of late, but it was still a great trail.

Took the Horseshoe Loop Trail out and returned via Puma Ridge. Puma Ridge is not well marked and it seems we diverted from the trail as mapped a couple of times. Instead of hiking a steep up we traversed a switchbacking trail that either is or isn’t the actual trail. Eventually, we met back to the mapped trail.

Easy trail I walk my old pup often. I usually go after work around 6pm and its usually not crowded during the week ( I don't usually go on weekends due to crowds). This trail loops into other trails so you can do a longer more strenuous hike if you like but I would recommend downloading the map if you do start getting into the other trails as it can get a bit confusing

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail but had the loop blocked off because of all the rain. Still a good hike and look forward to coming back to do the entire trail once it’s dry.

a lot of the path outlined by this map is just walking on roads, so not what I'd consider "hiking". Lots off offshoot trails, which I'll have to try when I have more time. Also, it's $5 to park at Irvine Regional Park if you go on a weekend, so FYI.

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

Really easy hike if you just do Horseshoe Loop; adding the Egret and Santiago Creek loops like this route does adds to the length, but not so much the difficulty. Views aren't that spectacular, so I'd mostly do this hike for the exercise, not so much for taking in the nature. I went in January and it was still pretty hot, so be aware there's not a lot of shade: wear sunscreen, bring a hat and proper amounts of water. Took a small dog on the hike and he did well, but was super sleepy for the rest of the day. Also, parts of the trails seemed to be very rocky - I didn't do this trail before the fires in the area, but I'm wondering if they've been eroded from the rains after the fires. In any case - watch your step!

trails are closed

Easy hike, not too long or difficult. My 3 year old son and our 10 year old boxer enjoyed it with water breaks and snacks to keep our energy up. Not too much shade from trees along the trail (maybe due to recent fires) but a few here and there to hide from the sun for a drink or cute pic.

The upper part of this trail as shown on the map is called the Chutes trail, which is a mountain bike course, bumpy, steep, and sandy, definitely not "easy". The first part is a path defined by fencing, nothing too exciting but a nice easy walk.

10 months ago

Supposed to be easy and not moderate. Safe and nice view. Parking $3.00.

walking
10 months ago

Nice morning hike/walk before sunset. I enjoy feeling the morning sun rising over the distant hills. Should be easy not moderate.

hiking
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Nice hike and nice view at the top. Very nice ride on a mountain bike.

hiking
Monday, June 11, 2018

Superb demanding trail.

mountain biking
Monday, May 14, 2018

Really good trail to go on! Many trails to pick from as well. They all connect at the ends. Great view from the top!

hiking
Monday, March 19, 2018

i loved it!! and if you aren’t wanting to hike or walk with kids there’s so many other stuff to do here as well. there’s, a zoo, horseback riding, there’s a train! overall i think this was the best place i’ve visited so far. it’s great! :) highly recommend it

Sunday, December 17, 2017

12/16/17: This is the only trail open at present and the loop is partially closed due to recent fires. Only went a tenth of a mile and turned back to walk the rest of the park. I spoke with maintenance workers who stated that the fire burned underground, so it will be some time until trails are reopened. I was also told that the trail, right now, is just a straight chute to the Santiago Oaks Trail then turn back. Not suitable for WC or stroller, but nut difficult. A few people on mountain bikes.

walking
Friday, September 08, 2017

The Irvine Regional Park is more suited for those that want to have a picnic, have a casual stroll, and/or read a book. The terrain is mostly dirt (with lots of horse poo on the trail), and a combination of dirt & paved cement. It is a very easy walk; having said that I saw that there is a higher elevation trail that we could have explored. There are many trails to explore so I won't be running back to this one too soon.

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