Bommer Canyon Turtle Ridge is a 5.6 mile out and back trail located near Irvine, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Length5.6 miElevation gain918 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Ralph Castro
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First 1.5 miles is a nice one way COVID path. At Turtle Ridge sign, you begin climbing for 1 1/4 miles, getting near the 73 Hwy. As you head downhill, it’s a nice narrow bath opening up to a fire road path adjacent to Turtle Ridge homes. Once out if Turtle Ridge, you have a 3/4 mile back to Boomer Meadows (starting point). Unfortunately, it’s on a Main Street, and you need to walk on sidewalk/Bikepath to get to Boomer Canyon. Parking at. Trailhead is great but there are only 16 spaces. and there is no where else to park. When I got back at 4 pm, people were waiting for someone to leave. Weekends must be tough there.

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Sandra Spargo
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Love the trail .. not to crowded but lots of bikers and they go fast.. no bells not announcing .. people without mask.. but was a good workout

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David Tran
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We parked at the park across the street due to a lack of parking at the trail head. Bommer meadow trail was one way. Nice because it was pretty busy. Not super interesting but Turtle Ridge was a nice hike. A pretty constant incline, was a workout! The end of the trail brings you into the housing community and ends with a walk on a sidewalk.

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Narumi Takagi
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Mark Fisher
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善夫 川島
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Nice trail. Good for holiday hiking

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Jenn Takahashi
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Very beautiful views! Parking at the trailhead is very limited, so you’ll likely have to park in the community park nearby. If you do, you’ll have to walk in the bike lane which feels a bit dangerous, but not for long. The trail is one way due to Covid, so go clockwise.

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Victor Lopez
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Vincent Shu
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Karen Lopez
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Great trail! Warm up top so bring a hat!

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Mindy Nicewonger
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Insoo C
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Good!

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Gus Lyons
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Hiking

should have paid more attention to the signs on where to turn, some of the trails were closed unless a private party was taken, pretty lame. Hike was challenging, wouldn't want to be there in summer, it'd be HOT.

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Steffani Mahan
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Ruth Rubenstein
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I completed this loop on Nov. 8th. It was overcast which meant it wasn’t too hot. Although it was nice to get outside, you spend half of the time walking alongside expensive residential houses. That is not the type of scenery I want when I plan to be in nature. I also got a little confused at one of the last junctions because of poor signage. Had to use my gps to confirm I was going the right way. Saw a few coastal brush rabbits, lots of prickly pear cacti, and some interesting birds.

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Victor Chaidez
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Dan Domancich
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Hiking

Irvine Open Space Southern Preserve hike through a historic canyon and along a beautiful ridgeline. Parking can be tough.

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Jeanette Cotinola
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Nice.

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Trine Ditlefsen
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Tetsuya Nozaki
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Nice 2 hour walk through nature trail followed by trail through Turtle Rock beautiful houses.

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Hyelee Huh
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Brian Huh
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Norma Norma Bacilio
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Nikki Portnoff
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Great hike! Go early because it can get hot. Steady uphill for about 2 miles! When you go to the top you have a beautiful view!

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Israel Montiel
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Hiking

The first sections of the trail are currently one-way. Standard scenery of CA hills at the beginning, but did see a number of rabbits and one coyote that made it rather interesting. The switchbacks leading to the highest elevation get tough, so I agree with the 'moderate' rating. Views from the top are terrific and well worth it. Last section is a residential trail leading to paved sidewalk.

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Jeff Reitz
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Mix of nice multi-use trails and single-track trails. Great views from up on the Ridgeline. Even with the uphills it's not a difficult trail. * Watch for wildlife as I came across 2 rattlesnakes today, among other local critters.

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Jay Daniyarova
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Andrew Kwan
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Holly Lowe
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This is a tough hike. I hang out on moderate hikes and this was def a tough one, compounded by the heat. At about the 3 mile mark, I thought the hill would never end. It did end and it was all smooth downhill after that. I have never seen more animals on a hike than I did today. (Please See pics) Less than ½ a mile from the trail head, I ran in to the sweet little coyote. Literally, I ran into him. Fortunately, he walked in one direction and I walked the other. But the animals kept coming. Rabbits, squirrels, mice, ground and air birds and even this snake who my hubby says is harmless and I believe him since he slithered away and didn’t bother me. It was a mutual understanding. ANIMALS EVERYWHERE!!! So, it was 87 degrees when I finished at 12 but it felt like 100 degrees out on the climb. There is very little shade on this trail, until the last mile. I actually stopped every time I found some because it was hot. Because of that, I got sun burnt even with sun block and I drank all my water, which was 2L water and 1L electrolytes. I didn’t see many people on the trail. Two, to be specific, so you are alone out there. There was an awesome breeze on the downhill. The trail is very well maintained and marked. Although I did check All Trails to make sure I was going the right direction, I never really needed too. But the others are not wrong when they say, it’s narrow. It is a one man trail. Final thoughts, I really liked the first half of this trail. Challenging and interesting and I loved the animals. The final mile is in a residential neighborhood and completely paved. It wasn’t bad but it really made the last mile drag on. Regardless, I would def do this again.

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Ann Campbell
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Not very difficult and nice varied terrain and some ocean views.

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