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Bommer Canyon Trails, Irvine

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Hiking Trail · Nature / Park
Bommer Canyon is an open space preserve in southern Irvine, California featuring hiking and biking trails as well as private event areas. The canyon is part of the Irvine Ranch, which itself is a National Natural Landmark, the first California Natural Landmark, and part of the City of Irvine Open Space Preserve. The preserve is adjacent to the affluent Irvine villages of Shady Canyon and Turtle Ridge and features roughly 16,000 acres of preserved open space. Approximately 15 of these acres are preserved as a "Cattle Camp" named for the area’s previous cattle operations and are now rented for private events such as campouts, company picnics, and family reunions. The trails in Bommer Canyon feature groves of oak and sycamore trees as well as rough rock outcrops and are popular with area residents who use them for nature walks, hiking and mountain biking.
19th centuryIn 1837, José Antonio Andrés Sepúlveda established Rancho San Joaquin, including the entire area now known as Bommer Canyon. In 1864, Flint, Bixby & Co. purchased a large portion of Rancho San Joaquin including Bommer Canyon and its surroundings. Then, in 1867, James Irvine, who had been a silent partner in Flint-Bixby, became the sole owner of Irvine Ranch.
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  • We followed the directions on the map software and reached an unpaved patch of road that crossed a bike path. It led us to a small parking - maybe 15 cars or so. We were lucky to get an open spot...  more »
  • It's definitely nice for hiking but many of the trails are closed during the week. I recommend going on the weekend for more accessibility and looped trails. We didn't see a lot of wildlife except.....  more »

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