Shady Canyon Trail is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Irvine, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Convenient with just a bit of shade and nice bridges to walk over
It's in a private community.
Pretty but more of a beginners route.
The path was clear and easy to follow. Had both paved and dirt paths. The views were great and if you start at Shady Canyon you can walk all the way to quail hill, do that and add miles onto your hike before you turn around to go back.
Scenery was beautiful around dusk/sunset!
I really loved the views whilst on this trail! It was a moderate hike for me, but I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Just watch out for bikers and joggers!
I truly enjoyed hiking the trail this morning. It's a well kept trail with plenty of natural Southern California nature to enjoy. It does have some moderate hills, but like it is said "what goes up, must come down" which can lead to relief. Contrary to the trails name, "Shady Canyon trail" there is absolutely no shade, so I recommend one brings a hat and lots of water; especially, if one brings their 4 legged child. Looking forward to running this trail next weekend. Happy trailing
Perfect for hill interval sprints and it's absolutely gorgeous.
Short hike through the grounds of a gated residential community. The trail is well marked and there is a separate paved path for bikes. Good for walking the dog or jogging. There is very little shade, despite the name of the trail, so plan to wear sun screen if you burn easily.
Easy nice trail
Great, easy hike. Awesome for trail running, and had a paved road, separate from pedestrian walkway, for biking. Dog friendly, and had drinking fountains. Although, my friend and I got lost and could joy find the trail head from the directions given on the map. Park in the recreation center off sunny hill and shady canyon.
Very pretty, easy loop with the kids.
Nice easy hike in Irvine. Did this in the evening. Not something you would call a mountain hike, but a hill hike I guess. The dirt trail runs along a paved bike road and crosses a few bridge. I did this one to Turtle Rock Park which is another mile and a half or so. It's a good small conditioning trail during weekdays for those that only have time for big weekend hikes. Views of the city below at night made it worth it
Didn't notice it was a point to point at first, thinking it was a loop, I went a little far and had to double back to get back to my car but overall fun experience...
Sweet smell of sage mixed with an ocean breeze on this trail! The first part of the hike is a calf burn uphill, but turn around and look back at the city, great view. The rest of the hike is equal parts flat and easy up and down. This is where OC works out. You will see runners, cyclists, dog walkers, and an occasional horse here. There is a bit of running water in the stream and a couple ponds. Wild purple artichokes were everywhere on this day 6-12-12 :)