Scenic Spots to Explore this Summer in Irvine

May 31, 2017

With the weather warming up, now is the perfect time to enjoy Irvine’s most scenic views! From picturesque hiking trails to lush parks, there are plenty of stunning outdoor locations to explore. Discover your new favorite place for adventure from our list below!

Mike Ward Community Park

An Irvine favorite, Mike Ward Community Park keeps guests coming back with its amazing lakeside views. Dotted with greenspace, this park is the perfect place to relax by the water. You can also find visitors strolling around the perimeter of the lake or using convenient footbridges adjacent to the nearby neighborhoods. Whether you’re on a run, taking a stroll or simply exploring, be sure to visit Mike Ward Community Park during sunset for an unforgettable view.  

20 Lake Rd
Irvine, CA 92604
(949) 724-6620

Bommer Canyon

An extension of The Irvine Ranch, this historic trail provides a glimpse of Irvine’s natural landscape, with rolling hills and greenery as far as the eye can see. Hikers and naturalists alike come to Bommer Canyon to explore its winding trails, ancient groves and dramatic rock outcrops. In early 2017, the Bommer Pass Trail in Bommer Canyon underwent a complete habitat restoration, making the location appear incredibly green and lush. This process brought the natural ecosystem back to life, as it is now home to beautiful native plants, grasses and more.

11 Bommer Canyon
Irvine, CA 92603
(949) 724-6738

William R. Mason Regional Park

Adventure abounds at William R. Mason Regional Park! Spanning a whopping 339 acres, this park offers plenty of greenspace to explore. Here, visitors can enjoy sweeping views of the park’s 9-acre lake while participating in a variety of activities, such as biking, hiking, fishing, volleyball and model boat sailing. Traverse stone pedestrian bridges, stroll through rustic trails, relax on a grassy knoll or take a seat by the lake for a peaceful and relaxing day.

18712 University Dr
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 923-2220

Jeffrey Open Space Trail

Get ready for endless exploration at Jeffrey Open Space Trail. Inspired by the legendary topography of New York’s Central Park, this historic preserve spans meadows, tree-lined trails, pedestrian bridges and more. The 3.5-mile preserve has won awards for its expert landscaping and masterfully balances pedestrian-friendly pathways and trails with beautiful greenery. The trail traces 500 years of Irvine history along its path, functioning as a walking outdoor museum.

13000-13498 Jeffrey Rd
Irvine, CA 92620
(949) 724-6600

Turtle Rock Viewpoint Trail

For a breathtaking view of Irvine from above, climb to the top of Turtle Rock Viewpoint Trail. While this hike is on the steep side, the panoramic Irvine views from the summit are definitely worth the workout! As you make your way to the top, take a moment to explore the lush, green parks that neighbor the trail. While this hike is beautiful during any time of day, consider watching the sunset in this scenic Irvine location or admire all the beautiful lights at night.

Turtle Rock Dr
Irvine, CA 92603
(949) 724-6600

San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

Get an up-close look at Irvine’s native plants and animals at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary! This beautiful wildlife preserve spans 300 acres of coastal freshwater wetlands, making it an excellent home for birds and wildlife. From colorful birds and butterflies to gorgeous flowers, this is the place to observe a one-of-a-kind ecosystem in the heart of Irvine. Take the family along for an interactive and educational day of exploring.

5 Riparian View
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 453-5300


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