IRVINE — Tucked between rolling green hills on the Bommer Canyon trail, there's nothing to listen to except tall grass tussling with the wind and your feet crunching the soil beneath you.
It's like an oasis of nature in the middle a county of 3 million people. But like so much of Irvine, it was planned that way.
In honor of Earth Day next week, Irvine's 40th year as a city and recognizing its environmental priorities overall, Mayor Sukhee Kang cut the ceremonial ribbon –— actually it was a vine grown in Bommer Canyon — and opened up the city's latest hiking trail.
The Bommer Canyon trailhead is the public's latest entryway into Orange County's scenic footpaths that lead to the Pacific, and is part of a citywide initiative approved in 1988 that creates 16,000 acres of parks and wildlands.
"All the voters and residents of Irvine created this," Kang said to a crowd of eager, outdoorsy families ready to trek the hills Saturday morning. "It's another part of the great quality of life for Irvine."