Bridges of Buck Gully Hike

Hiking & Fitness

Be inspired by both the natural beauty and recent history of Buck Gully as we explore the public reserve and the collaboration that made it possible. Buck Gully is a natural coastal canyon that opened to the public in 2012 with the installation of four bridges to provide safe public access. The bridges allow exploration of the entire Buck Gully Reserve, and also provide unique vantages and viewing platforms from which to pause and observe the abundant life in and around the stream that runs through the gully year-round. Our guided program starts with a short walk from the Oasis Senior Center to the beginning of the Buck Gully trail, with a visually dramatic entrance into this special canyon. We’ll cross two bridges on the first section of our walk, and then enter the canopied singletrack portion of the trail as we pass by the third bridge. At the fourth and last bridge, we will pause to enjoy the shaded beauty of this hidden refuge, and then retrace our route back to the Oasis.

Please note that you will be asked to adhere to the following protective measures during the activity in order to participate:

  • Each individual adult must bring with them a signed liability waiver. Minors may be added to the waiver of their respective parent or legal guardian. The form will not be available on site. The waiver can be accessed and downloaded for print at home use here:  IRC Liability Waiver 2020.05
  • Be registered in advance, no walk-up registration is permitted.
  • Arrive with all necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail, including water, proper attire and footwear, first aid, medications, hand sanitizer, etc.
  • Bring and make use of recommended facial coverings at all times when in the staging area. Facial coverings are also recommended during the activity.
  • Maintain proper physical distancing, a minimum of 6 feet, between yourself and all other members of the group at all times.
  • A contact-less arrival and sign-in process will be utilized to diminish touching and sharing items.
  • Restrooms will be available, but facilities will not be sanitized for each individual.
  • Group stops will be minimized and generally only done for safety purposes.
  • You may be prevented from participating if you do not adhere to the above protocols.

This activity is conducted at a walking pace of approximately 3 miles per hour. This is the only Buck Gully activity that walks the full length of the canyon out and back without leaving the reserve for a street-side loop.

PLEASE NOTE: Poison oak grows in abundance throughout the entire Buck Gully Reserve trail system.

To learn more about the staging areas and activity locations, please visit our Staging Areas Playlist page.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-3 activity on the land.

Activity Details Led by IRC

Date:
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Time:
8:00 am - 11:30 am
Duration (hours:minutes):
3:30
Type:
Hiking & Fitness
Organization:
City of Newport Beach
Area:
Buck Gully Reserve
Staging Area:
5th & Marguerite
Difficulty:
3
Distance:
5 miles
Elevation Change:
560 feet
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
1 of 10

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