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

hiking
5 days ago

Really enjoyed hike! First three miles are mellow but after that it's a lot of fun if you like climbing rocks - definitely makes a nice addition to your hike.

Great place ..

Great hike!

does anybody know if this trail has been re-opened?

A lot of fun did 9.6 miles in 3.5 hours, once you get to the water fall (the water only flows when the snow melts FYI) go right and you'll find some ropes and a beat up climb once you make it to the top go left to the creek bed and left again to get to the top of the waterfall and see all the tiny people at the bottom. Then once you make it back to the creek bed go left and you'll hit the dirt road again for a present walk back!

This was by far my favorite hike ever. It was vary challenging if you are smaller, like me, but it was still an amazing experience.

hiking
1 month ago