Explore the most popular wildlife trails near Irvine with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Wasn’t much to see but a nice little walk.

Saw a lot of animals, mostly bunnies. Great easy relaxing hike. I recommend this if you enjoy wildlife

A decent walk in the park type trail. I think even beginners will be bored by it. Watch out for the snake holes all throughout the trail.

3 months ago

Super easy hike. Easy to find, right off the freeway & close to home. It had a little steep hill but that was all... loved the fact that it was kid & dog friendly. Dirt trail but you could take stroller if needed (fyi)

This place sucks. It’s confusing as hell. I ended up parking in a neighborhood and just run the street. Don’t recommend

4 months ago

I was in town on business and went here to get a quick run in on a late afternoon. Thankfully some locals directed to a much better out and back trail that starts from this same trailhead. I don’t know what it’s called but most everyone coming to this parking area headed that way. That trail goes back into the ravine and is hilly, but much more scenic. After my run I cooled down by walking this trail. Pretty flat and boring.

Amazing trail with visibility to various wildlife - we saw birds that are similar in size to storks and pelicans (not 100% sure what they were though). This place is in our back yard and you run into bird watchers every now and then. Amazing experience overall!

4 months ago

Fun little loop!

It’s closed. And it’s a loop but with no signs.

4 months ago

Loved this trail! Pretty empty on a cold day!

5 months ago

It’s not 1.8 mike hiking. I did 6 miles. You might need to upgrade to access the map in case you get lost. Hiking in the morning feels awesome!

5 months ago

This trail is great, very clear path, easy enough with one section that is steeper than the rest (up or down, depending on which direction you walk). We went right at the trailhead, so the steep portion was almost the last thing we did. It was uphill but no problem for my 4-year-old. Only negative was that this isn’t an amazing view, it’s just a loop back in the hills.

6 months ago

I wouldn’t consider this for a hike. If you want a nice walk it would be good as long as you’re okay with walking on a bike path between neighborhoods.

8 months ago

No overnight parking. Parking is free.

9 months ago

It was okay. Plan accordingly. There is no shade. Will probably do again, but not on a hot day.

Lot of kids play sports in park ..nice to watch

trail running
10 months ago

Great warm up run for those that want a nice jog. This place leads to other trails too so once you finish the loop you have other options leading out of there. But overall gentle slopes but mostly flat. Its kind of plains as far as the eye can see kind of look. Until you see the freeway anyway.
Its a good 2 mile jog, no cover for shade so go early! I found the occasional garden snake or lizard slithering by while I ran. But I'd recommend it for a run.

Good loop for a walk with kids. Not very shady though.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Easy trail with enough elevation at one end to get your heart rate up. In June, this trail is rather brown instead of green. Since there is no shade at all, I took my kids at 6:30 am to avoid the heat of the day. It was overcast when we went but if the sun had been out, even at that early hour, we would have needed hats. Overall, this is a great trail for a family hike. I will definitely do this one again and again

It's more of a walk than a hike. Beautiful wildlife sanctuary makes for a nice stroll.

Don't go right now. Apparently it's closed for improvements until Spring 2017. Just a heads up. I wish someone would have warned us.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Well cared for trail. No cliffs, nice and smooth. Great surface for wearing down my 3 year old. :-) No shade anywhere on the trail, so bring your sunblock.

trail running
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Great convenient nature spot for running! Or just walking and enjoying the scenery. I have witnessed gorgeous sunsets here, too. Parking lot is nice & ample. Freeway noise isn't bad in my humble opinion ☺️

it's a nice and relaxing trail but sometimes smells a bit odd and iron like, a nice place to bird watch as one of the stations has a list where you can write down the birds you saw.
not my to go to spot since I prefer hiking away from civilization. but a nice walk nonetheless.

trail running
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Absolutely no canopy/shade on this trail, which is not uncommon in O.C. Fairly strenuous elevation gain/loss. Deer Canyon loop on the Crystal Cove Park side is the easiest loop. One can opt for the longer/harder loops, e.g. Rattlesnake loop, Moro Canyon. Its rating of difficult/hard is inaccurate. For a beginner perhaps but for one who trailruns/hikes regularly this should be moderate at worst.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Loved the hike. Took our dog along and it was a good enough hike to tire her out. We will be back!

Monday, April 03, 2017

Short trail, too skinny for my liking at times, but very peaceful.

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