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Shady Canyon Trail is a 7.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Irvine, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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.

Length 7.8 mi Elevation gain 574 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Bird watching Running Views Wild flowers No shade
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Masoud Roueintan
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HikingBugsGreat!

This is an easy family and stroller friendly hike with some nice views. It does have paved areas as well.

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Mario Huang
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Kristen Scott
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Mountain biking

nice big sidewalks nice shade almost entire route easy climbs

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Carolyn Oakes
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Hiking

Lots of space but we did see a coyote so be away if you’re bringing a dog

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Chiu Chan
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Road bikingGreat!
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Gloria Eskandari
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Hiking

Awesome

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Rong Li
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Road bikingGreat!
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Hector Armenta
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Hiking

Great

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Marni Hershbain
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Hiking

Not really a "hike" but very nice for a run or stroll

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Rebecca Bernat
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HikingNo shade

Don’t bother. People and bikers on the trail are so rude and non considerate. In a middle of house communities with noisy road. View is not great. It would be nice otherwise. Won’t be going back.

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Steffani Mahan
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WalkingMuddyNo shadeWashed out
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Stephanie Giraldo
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Hiking

Dog friendly, pretty trafficked. Beautiful wildflowers and hills. Would recommend! Not too difficult!

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Quynh-Thi Vidal
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HikingNo shade

Nice local trail. It runs along the private gated community, Shady Canyon. There’s some shade when you get into the community but trail for the most part is in the sun. Great views of the local mountains once you get to the clearing and backside views of Strawberry Farms Golf Club. Trail was crowded with lots of walkers and bikers. Head out early. Kid friendly.

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Sarah Dirks
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HikingNo shade
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Artem Kutikov
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Hiking

Probably a nice paved trail for biking/running but a very boring hike. Very easy

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Louann Love
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HikingNo shade
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Steffani Mahan
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HikingNo shadeWashed out
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Charlie Nobles
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Running

Great scenic trail with relatively easy grades.

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Tony Lievanos
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A nice, decent trail to get in a run, walk, hike or bike ride. As others mentioned, there is also a paved path next to the trail. Good to see that folks are mindful of dogs and bikers pedaling. Linked this to Bommer Canyon & plan to go a bit further into Bommer on the next run.

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Renee Shusterman
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Hiking

For what it is, a trail mostly following a road, it’s fairly nice. I’m always looking to get away from the sound of cars though.

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Nathan Tomaszewski
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Hiking

Nice views of snowy mountains

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Joel Richardson
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RunningRockyScramble

Monster run: linked Shady to Bommer to East Fork and back via Serrano. Maybe 11.5 to 12 mile loop of up and down. Really enjoyed the feeling of being in a backcountry. Great canyon views! Legs good and sore. Definitely an advanced loop. Do Shady our and back for easy/moderate.

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Kimberly Yu
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HikingWashed out
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Erin C.
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HikingNo shade

A nice trail and I’ve been back twice already but there is no shade. Seems par for the course though in Irvine which is why I’m giving it 4 instead of 3 stars. Nice to have the paved or the dirt option and there were a lot of friendly people. I took my dog and he enjoyed it but we both would have liked some more shade.

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Salvador Ballesteros
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HikingNo shade

No shade well barely any shade fun walk some small hills but and you mostly see golfing fields nothing to amazing more like a regular walk

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