The coastal hills of Irvine, Newport and Laguna Beach form the largest natural preserve from Camp Pendleton to Malibu – and one of the rarest ecosystems on earth.
Approaching a gate near the Quail Hill trailhead, we found a roadrunner staring down at us atop a rock on a hill.
Age-wise, decades separate the two: William White is 78, Steven Mallonee just 15. Even so, they share a strong bond that bridges the years — Irvine Boy Scout Troop 36.
Irvine is nationally renowned for schools and safety. Now it’s gaining a reputation for parks as well.
One of my favorite things about Irvine is how much nature we have right outside our door. We’re talking 260 parks and 16,000 acres of open space.
In preparation for the 1953 Boy Scout Jamboree, Irvine Company built an eight-mile gravel road.
Event takes place Thursday, July 19, 3–5 p.m. and will include displays, flag ceremony, photos and socializing.
What makes a park special? I never really thought about it much until I stepped onto the Jeffrey Open Space Trail last week. Now I know. It’s a place that pulls you into another world — filled with natural and man-made beauty.
The Jeffrey Open Space Trail is really a 76-acre linear park filled with surprises. The trail winds through meadows, tunnels and tree-lined stretches that offer 3.5 miles of uninterrupted beauty, nature and, at times, art and history.
Irvine’s 260+ parks make it one of America’s greenest cities — and they make a walk in the park easy and fun. Use this first-ever comprehensive parks guide to discover them yourself.