Irvine Parks & Nature Trails

    Californians love to live outdoors and if you enjoy natural recreation, Irvine is the place to be. In fact, Irvine boasts the most open space in all of Orange County dedicated to those who want to get outside and experience nature.

    One of the important priorities for Irvine’s development was to create a community where business and nature co-exist in harmony. As a result, you will find beautifully manicured office parks surrounded by more than 16,500 acres of dedicated open space, parks, and sports fields.

    Residents and visitors alike benefit from the stunning preserved natural habitats and wildlands with miles of hiking and biking trails and picturesque vistas to enjoy year-round. Cyclists will be happy to learn Irvine features over 300+ miles of on-road cycling lanes and 60+ miles of off-road bike trails.

    The Irvine Ranch Conservancy has permanently protected the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks – a collection of 25 distinct biological and geological treasures on more than 40,000 acres of Southern California’s illustrious urban wildlands, to enhance the public’s appreciation, understanding, and connection with the land. Additionally, Irvine Regional Park is a stunning 477-acre tract of land with a variety of outdoor spaces and activities.

    Mountains to the Sea Trail

    A 22-mile journey from the Cleveland National Forest to the Pacific Ocean! Begin in rugged, oak-filled Weir Canyon and walk, hike, or bike south toward the coast while enjoying an amazing variety of scenery and topography.

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    Bommer Canyon

    Wilderness hikes, sand volleyball, and acres of open space to roam date back to 1837.

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    Jeffrey Open Space Trail (JOST)

    Walk, hike, or bike along this 3.5-mile trail past indigenous plants and trees, tunnels, bridges, and more.

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    Quail Hill Preserve

    Take your dog along for exploration on the only wilderness trail part of the National Landmarks that allows dogs. It’s an easy two-mile natural surface trail.

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    Shady Canyon Trail Loop

    A collage of Irvine bikeways including Bonita Canyon Trail, Shady Canyon Trail, Quail Hill Trail, and most of University Trail.

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    San Joaquin Wildlife Marsh & Sanctuary

    5 Riparian View, Irvine, CA 92612

    (949) 261-7963

    San Joaquin Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary are comprised of more than 300 acres of restored coastal freshwater wetlands. Twelve miles of trails serve as an oasis for walkers, joggers, and birdwatchers as well as a living laboratory for students, teachers, and the public. The sanctuary is home to 100 different species of birds.

    Irvine Ranch Historic Park

    13042 Old Myford Rd, Irvine, CA 92614

    (866) 627-2757

    The Irvine Ranch Historic Park is the site of the original Irvine Ranch headquarters. Several original buildings still stand, including the home of James Irvine II.

    Orchard Hill

    4727 Portola Pkwy., Irvine, CA 92620

    (714) 508-4757

    This three-mile, multi-use trail features a double loop and skirts the edge of a working avocado orchard. The larger 3-mile outer loop is relatively strenuous, with a substantial elevation gain over a short distance in certain sections. The reward for those who conquer the trail is a breath-taking vista from Loma Ridge that consumes the coastal hills and most of Irvine. On a clear day, it is possible to see Camp Pendleton, Catalina and San Clemente Islands, the Palos Verdes Peninsula, and even the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles (with binoculars of course).

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    Portola Springs Community Park

    900 Tomato Springs, Irvine, CA 92620

    (949) 724-6192

    Park Amenities Portola Springs Community Center 3 Restrooms 1 Concession Building 4 Drinking Fountains 1 Children's Play Area 6 Open Play Areas Nature-Themed Playground Native Garden 1 Concession Stand 2 Lighted Softball Fields 2 Lighted Soccer Fields 1 Warm-Up Field 1 Sand Volleyball Court 6 Lighted Pickleball Courts 3 Lighted Tennis Courts 2 Barbecues 1 Picnic Shelter 15 Picnic Tables Electrical Outlets Approximately 32 acres in size. AVAILABLE FOR RESERVATIONS: Softball Fields Soccer Fields.

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    Turtle Rock Nature Center

    1 Sunnyhill Dr, Irvine, CA 92603

    (949) 724-6738

    This five-acre nature preserve is both a home for wildlife and an outdoor classroom.

    William R Mason Regional Park

    18712 University Dr., Irvine, CA 92612

    (949) 923-2220

    Populated with rows and rows of shade trees and a beautiful 9-acre lake, the 339 acres of Mason Regional Park offer something for every member of the family. There are biking paths, model boat sailing, a wilderness hiking area, three separate toddler areas and everything else you need to escape, right here in the middle of it all. The park offers picnic areas, softball back stop, large turf areas, hiking and bicycling trails, two sand volleyball courts, a physical fitness vita course, three tot lot playgrounds, an amphitheater and 9 acre lake. A Shelter for large groups may also be reserved.

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    Aldrich Park

    Campus Drive and East Peltason Drive, Irvine, CA 92612

    (949) 824-5011

    19-acre area offers winding paths cut through the park's lawns and groves of eucalyptus trees, while the campus buildings stand along its fringes. Cyclists and pedestrians share Ring Road, the path that encircles the park.

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    Col. Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park Lovers' Point

    4 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, CA 92606

    (949) 724-6714

    This locale is a quiet knoll that overlooks the rest of Col. Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park. The hill's gentle winding oath leads up to its symbolic flagpole.

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    Deerfield Community Park

    55 Deerwood West, Irvine, CA 92614

    (949) 724-6725

    A beautiful 10-acre park featuring volleyball, tennis and racquetball courts, disc or Frisbee golf, bike trails and play areas.

    Irvine Heritage Park

    14301 Yale Ave., Irvine, CA 92604

    (949) 724-6750

    Park Amenities Heritage Park Community Center 3 Pools 4 Restrooms 11 Drinking Fountains 2 Children Play Areas 1 Open Play Area 1 Amphitheater 1 Lake 2 Concession Stands 3 Lighted Soccer Fields 12 Lighted Tennis Courts 3 Lighted Basketball Courts 1 Volleyball Court 2 Lighted Racquetball Courts 2 Lighted Ball Diamonds 22 Barbecues 1 Picnic Shelter 20 Picnic Tables Electrical Outlets Approximately 36.5 acres in size. AVAILABLE FOR RESERVATIONS: Baseball/Softball Field #1 Baseball/Softball Field #2 Soccer Field A Soccer Field B Soccer Field C

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    Harvard Skate Park

    14701 Harvard Ave, Irvine, CA 92606

    (949) 724-6830

    Visit this 10,000-square-foot concrete skateboard park with bowl, rails, fun box and street obstacles.


    Mountain to Sea Trail

    Orange County, CA

    Mountains to Sea Trail is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Irvine, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and bird watching.