July 16, 2020

Explore the Great Outdoors in Irvine

The city of Irvine may be home to great food, drinks, and shopping, but it is also known for its outdoor space and activities. Whether you are biking, hiking, or taking a leisurely stroll, Irvine hosts some of the best parks and trails in Orange County for outdoor recreation. Take a break from the workweek or plan a day of fun in the sun with one of the spots on our list for local outdoor recreation. While you are enjoying these outdoor public spaces be sure to practice safe physical distancing, bring a mask, and wear plenty of sunscreen!

For a leisurely hiking trail: Turtle Rock Trail

Looking for something close to home? Turtle Rock Trail is an out and back style trail spanning just over a mile and a half. Soak in views of the city and wildflowers on this quick hike or challenge yourself with a morning run!

San Joaquin Wildlife Marsh & Sanctuary

Escape the long week and get some peace of mind in the natural beauty of Irvine’s Water District. This wildlife area offers 12-miles of the trail to walk, relax, and take in the views. Please note since this is marshland and wilderness park, it does not permit pets, vehicles, bikes, or horseback riding. 

For the Pet-friendly Trails and Parks

Enjoy your daily walk with your furry friends at one of the many Dog-friendly parks Irvine has to offer. Whether you want a park for your pup to roam freely in or park you both can enjoy, Irvine has a complete list of all the parks in the area that cater to your needs. The list included popular spots like Laguna Beach Dog Park, Irvine Central Park, and Peter’s Canyon Regional Park. 

For a bike adventure: Shady Canyon Trail

If you are looking for a casual ride with a great view or something more challenging, you won’t want to miss Shady Canyon Trail! This 4-mile paved pathway is one of the most popular biking trails in Irvine connecting up to other popular trails like Quail Hill Trail and Bonita Canyon Trail! 

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For a day hike: Mountains to Sea Trail

When you are looking for a challenge or just something different check out the Mountains to Sea Trail! This challenging 22-mile hike takes you through the oak tree-lined Cleveland National Forest and completes the hike with great views of the Pacific Ocean!

For more trails and hiking areas in Irvine and the Orange County area, see here. Take pictures while exploring the hiking trails in Irvine and share them with us on our Facebook or Instagram pages and be sure to keep following the Skyloft Apartments blog here for more ways to enjoy your Orange County Community.

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