Explore the most popular 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.

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Nice little lunch time hike. I like going to the right for one full loop, then going back up the left side until it gets down to the lowest part then turn around again to get 3 uphill portions. Only way to get the heart rate up in my opinion.

mountain biking
2 days ago

Okay, it's moderate? No, its easy for sure. This was the first "trail" that I every went mountain biking on. Up to the side of the gravel is a small ridge that is good to ride on. If you are a kid that wants to try out biking while not going too far from home, and also not venturing onto steep hills then this is the trail for you. For running though I do like this because it isn't a track and it is close to a 5k.

This trail is great

trail running
6 days ago

Great for those looking for a sand/dirt track that’s easy on the knees. Secluded and does not cross any major streets through the help of tunnels under bridges.

hiking
1 month ago

I kinda love this hike. On weekday mornings I’ve been there have been few people, so it is a peaceful solo hike. I will say the furthest mile out (before you head back toward the trailhead) is not “Easy”—quite difficult in fact. A steep incline, but you can always just turn around whenever you’re ready to head back.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a funny trail. Starts with a park, then bunch of stairs so you feel like you’re more on a masochistic walk than a hike, but eventually you get on a trail that leads up the mountain, and then it’s hiking again. Nice climb, pretty 360-degree view of the city from the top.

Pretty area, rather empty on weekday mornings, and lots of water. Biggest thing to note is that it is CONFUSING with lots of little trails branching off all over. If you track/record on this app though, you can see when you’re getting turned around. Or don’t track it and test your wayfinding skills (if you don’t need to be anywhere anytime soon)!

hiking
1 month ago

Well-kept trail, but rather boring. Open plains, an uninspiring view to the east of buildings and and freeway.

im so unfit and literally couldn’t breathe when i did it but i loved it and wanna do it again

trail running
1 month ago

It’s really short, but it’s not a waste of time if you do it in conjunction with one of the other trails that are near there, of which there are many that are steep and fun. This one is nice for beginners, and it’s basically just a loop in the open space preserve, but when was the last time you walked into the middle of a big open field? It’s good for kids too.

trail running
1 month ago

This is one of my favorite trails in Irvine. It’s not very well-marked at all in places, so I had to keep this app open, and even then I went off course the first time. But after you do the trail once, it’s easy to know where you’re going. It’s a really good workout, and I only ever saw people on the paved sections. There are some good climbs. Lots of fun right in the city.

Short hike in and amongst a pretty urbanized area. Saw a few pelicans and various birds. There are no signs but plenty of ways to loop around where you came from. Flat the whole way and pretty dense with weeds and bush. Cool for an hour or so, but not going to blow your mind :).

hiking
2 months ago

This was a good trail, it was pretty easy but the hills gave me a good sweat. it was pretty hot today also in the 80s and there really isn't much shade anywhere although we did find a few spots. The terrain goes from dusty dirt to pavement, it wasn't too bad. Overall it was a good workout and there is a good view dorm the very top of the trail.

Good place for a morning walk. Follow Google maps, the signs inside are not very helpful

hiking
3 months ago

Great view! Not too hard

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.

hiking
6 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)

It is good beginners trail and has restrooms.

trail running
6 months ago

It’s good for run but wouldn’t consider this hiking. Nice pavement to run or bike, but definitely not a lot of nature. In the middle of the city so expect lots of noise. Overall, I’ll just use this to run on but wouldn’t go out of the way to see it.

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

7 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!

walking
7 months ago

Fun little loop!

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

hiking
7 months ago

Loved this trail! Pretty empty on a cold day!

hiking
7 months ago

Nice afternoon hike with the family. Definitely would come back.

It’s a decent workout if you’re in the area.

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