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Evening Hike in Irvine's Beautiful Shady Canyon

Join Meetup friends for a fun, relaxing, evening hike on the beautifully maintained and scenic Shady Canyon Trail in Irvine.

This out and back trail provides for a flexible pace that accommodates beginner and experienced hikers alike. The route follows a multi-purpose trail that includes your choice of either paved or hard pack dirt. The trail provides lovely views of the Sand Canyon Reservoir, the Strawberry Farms Golf Course, and the naturally vegetated adjoining hills of Sand Canyon. Our mid hike rest stop is the Turtle Rock Community Park, with rest rooms and drinking fountains, where we will regroup for 5/10 minutes... returning the same route to our trail head parking area.


Distance: 5.5 miles round trip

Elevation gain/loss: approximately 500 feet

Total hiking time: approximately two hours 

Level of Difficulty: Beginner

ADDITIONAL HIKE NOTES: This is a relatively safe, year round evening hiking experience. Depending on the time of year, a flash light becomes helpful. Leashed dogs are welcome on the Shady Canyon Trail.

There are several reasonably priced restaurants adjacent to Starbucks within the Quail Hill Shopping Center for those that wish to stay for dinner following the hike in a lovely outdoor patio setting. They include Sharkey's, Natraj's Tandoori, Nalu's Island Grill, Lucca Cafe, Subway, etc. Pick up Stix is offering their lunch special pricing as a dinner special for Sunset Hikers: it's a delicious combo meal with beverage for $6/7. You may wish to order your meal pre-hike for faster service on our return.

The Meetup location is just off the 405 Freeway, take Sand Canyon south and turn into the Quail Hill Shopping Center. Driving North on I-405: Take the Sand Canyon Ave exit toward Shady Canyon Dr (0.3 mi), turn left at Sand Canyon Ave (0.4 mi), at the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto Quail Hill (0.2 mi), and then turn left at Passage (the destination will be on the right).  Driving South on I-405: Take the Sand Canyon Ave exit toward Shady Canyon Dr (0.3 mi), turn right at Sand Canyon Ave (0.2 mi), at the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto Quail Hill (0.2 mi), and turn left at Passage (the destination will be on the right)

MEETUP LOCATION: Entering the Quail Hill Shopping Center, the Starbucks Meetup location is on the right or south side of the Center. 

DISCLAIMER:  Group organizer and assistant organizers assume no liability; hike at your own risk.  By being a member of this group you hereby agree to assume all risks and liability related to or resulting from any group functions.  You agree that neither you nor any third party will hold any of the group's leaders, officers, or representatives liable for any injury, loss, or damage to your own person or any members of your family, friends, acquaintances, children, pets, or property, arising directly or as a consequence from a group activity.  You also agree that your membership of this group is based on an "at will" basis.

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  • Trudi C

    Good hike on a cold evening! Nice to see friends, as always! Thank you John for leading!

    6 days ago

  • Wendy P.

    Beautiful hiking route and nice group of people. One of the things I am appreciating most about hiking with a group is that at the end of the hike you are surrounded by a crowd of happy faces! This is a great activity!

    6 days ago

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