Buck Gully Hike in Newport BeachIf you're in the mood for an easy hike nearby, Buck Gully in Newport Beach is an excellent option. Located just a few steps from the beach in Orange County and amidst million-dollar homes, this hidden oasis offers lush wilderness and flowing water.

Finding it can be tricky for some, but with today's GPS technology, simply search for the intersection of 5th and Poppy, and you'll be at the trailhead.

Trail view at Buck Gully HikeAnother trailhead is near the Newport Coast Community Center on Joaquin Hills Road.

Tip: The trail has patches of poison oak, so wearing long pants is advisable.

The trail is mostly flat with occasional inclines, not too challenging, and stretches about 5.5 miles for a round trip.

It's a narrow path shared by bikers and hikers, with bikers being mindful and courteous.

Tip: There's no dedicated parking for the trailhead, so you'll need to find street parking nearby.

Shaded trail at Buck GullyThe trail is well-shaded by trees and brush, following along a creek with three bridge crossings.

This area teems with wildlife, including birds, butterflies, frogs, and lizards. Take a moment to listen and observe the nature around you.

During a recent visit, we spotted two adult birds crossing the trail with about 12 chicks in tow.

If you're interested in learning more about the area's flora and fauna, consider joining a ranger-led hike—it's free. For information on upcoming hikes and registration, click here.

Creek along Buck Gully TrailYou can also volunteer to help protect and restore Buck Gully. For more details, visit the Conservancy here.

Tip: Always carry plenty of water, especially in warmer weather.

A helpful map of Buck Gully trails can be found here.

The only downside is that you'll need to retrace your steps on the same trail to return to your starting point.