Did you develop a bad case of cabin fever over quarantine this past year? Lucky for you, Irvine is filled to the brim with outdoor activities that you and your loved ones can enjoy this summer. This week, we’re focusing on one of Irvine’s hidden gems. Irvine Ranch National Landmarks invites everyone to join them on their hikes! With different difficulties available, there are hikes for beginners, intermediate, and even the most advanced hikers. Listed on Red Tricycle’s top 10 hikes in Orange County, Bull Gully Loop hike is the ideal adventure for any level hiker. We highly recommend signing up for a guided hike through letsgooutside.com if it’s your first time visiting. The Bull Gully Loop trail is a total of 6 miles that fly by as you enjoy the views of nature, offering many stops along the way. Tour guides are more than happy to share the beautiful and interesting history of the Bully Gully Loop trail.
One of the most interesting parts of the hike is the history lesson you may receive along the way. The Bull Gully Loop trail was shared by the Tongva and Acjachemen tribes, indigenous people of California. Your tour guides share information about the two tribes and point out many of the plants that continue to thrive in the area that had ties to the two tribes. The California Buckwheat for example, had many uses for the Tongva tribe. They would often gather the leaves before they flowered and used them to make a tea, they’d also grind the roots and used them for headaches and stomach problems.
During the hike, the guides will often ask participants to spend 15 minutes of the hike being mindful. They ask everyone to clear their head, focus on the present and how the trail feels under their feet. A blissful moment in which you’re surrounded by the sounds of nature. During this time, you only hear birds chirping, the water running down the stream beside you and the leaves rustling in the wind.
The best portion of the hike is the gazebo at the top of the Bull Gully Loop trail. The gazebo offers a fantastic view of the trail, the surrounding cities, and, if weather permits, a clear view of Newport Beach! A picture-perfect spot to help celebrate the halfway mark of the hike. Tour guides often call it one of Irvine’s best-kept secrets.
Irvine Ranch National Landmarks offers the Bull Gully Loop trail guided hike up to twice a week and are free to participate! Sign up now at letsgooutside.com