Irvine might just become your new go-to getaway for miles of trails through preserved open space and perfect weather for all-year outdoor enjoyment. Having ranched and farmed here for generations, the Irvine family was close to the land, and the city's original planners understood the importance of preserving wildlands, parks and places to connect with nature as a respite from urban life.
In fact, one of Orange County's most beautiful nature escapes, Irvine Regional Park, was once the private picnic grounds of James Irvine, Jr., and now offers the public 160 stunning acres of trees and trails. City planners also understand the ecological importance of open land, creating preserves like the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary that serve as refuges for local and migrating wildlife.Of course, the shining stars of outdoor recreation in Orange County are the beaches — stretches of beautiful shoreline, quaint seaside towns, surfing, sailing and family fun. Irvine is less than half an hour from 15 beautiful, sandy miles of Orange County's best beaches: Laguna Beach to the south, Huntington Beach in the north and everything in between.Pedego Irvine Electric Bikes. Come explore the hidden gem of Irvine! They have 54 miles of paved off-street bike trails that weave through the city, and Pedego is here to make sure you enjoy the adventure. On their Pedego electric bikes you have the ability to pedal as much or as little as you want. With a twist of the throttle, uphill seems like downhill. At Pedego Irvine they have maps and many suggested rides to make your riding experience spectacular. For those looking for the "outback" adventure, we also offer mountain bike rentals. Irvine has miles of protected open space with fantastic mountain bike trails, which extend all the way to the beach. Be sure to check their website www.pedegoirvine for a Pedego Welcome Video and additional information. You provide yourself, they provide the fun. Bicycle Club of Irvine. The Bicycle Club of Irvine is a recreational and social cycling club for men and women of all ages and skill levels. We are not a racing team. They have members from all over Southern California; in fact, only 25% of the members live in Irvine. Their members ride all sorts of bicycles: road bikes, tandems, mountain bikes and hybrids. Rides are open to guest / nonmembers for free every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday, as well as evening & special remote rides.
Bommer Canyon. Irvine's outdoor programs, such as camp-outs and wilderness access hikes, take place in Bommer Canyon, which was the center of the Irvine Company's cattle operation.Orange County Great Park. The former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro is being transformed into the Orange County Great Park. A project area spanning approximately 1,300 acres, with more than 200 acres developed and 688 acres in planning and design and fully funded, the Orange County Great Park embraces recreation, competitive sports and parkland; the environment; preserves Orange County's agricultural heritage; and honors the military history of the former air base.