trail running
5 months ago

Great maintained trail if you feel like going for a nice run. Not terribly difficult but if you're looking for a hike with nice views this isn't the best place but offers a nice view of some hills, residential, dry...wheat, cacti, some green shrubs on one side, and a golf course! They also have something called turtle rock but I didn't see it. In terms of wildlife... I just saw spiders that looked like skulls, didn't get much closer to see haha. There's a few bridges you can cross that are nice but other than those there's no shade.
In any case, great run, a little too easy for a hike.

9 months ago

Nice mix of urban (near roads and housing tracts) and wilderness. I only went about half way, from Quail Hill to Turtle Rock community center, and back. Nice, pretty easy hike. I would go back with my dogs, on leash, of course!

10 months ago

Great easy trail out and back for a quick walk or a longer excursion. Nice views!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

I was expecting more of a hike. This is just a walk on a dirt road next to a street with lots of cars. If you want to pretend like you're in nature, but never actually step more than 20 feet out of a neighborhood, then this is the place for you. If a kid on a tricycle can ride up the path, it's not a hike.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Convenient with just a bit of shade and nice bridges to walk over

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

It's in a private community.

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Pretty but more of a beginners route.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

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!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

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!

cross country skiing
Sunday, August 02, 2015

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

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Perfect for hill interval sprints and it's absolutely gorgeous.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

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.

on Shady Canyon Trail

Monday, February 17, 2014

Easy nice trail

Monday, June 24, 2013

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.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Very pretty, easy loop with the kids.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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

mountain biking
Saturday, September 08, 2012

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...

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

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 :)

on Shady Canyon Trail

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Nice easy trail from shady canyon to bommer canyon trailhead (5.2 miles round trip). A couple of big hills but nothing too crazy. Had either a dirt trail or asphalt to hike on with lots of other hikers n bikers on the road. Will do again n possibly do a further hike :)

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