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We'll be hiking in the Quail Hill Preserve in the City of Irvine, taking an easy 2-mile trip around the preserve. We might head around twice to stretch our legs a bit - there's plenty to see. Afterwards we can walk to Starbucks for a coffee and pastries.
This is a beginner's hike and is not suited to those wanting a conditioning hike.
Difficulty: This is a flat hike with one moderate hill at a slow to moderate pace; this is a great first hike or a quick pick me up before you go about your weekend errands.
Gear: All you need is a hat, water, and comfortable shoes: hiking boots aren't necessary, nor are trekking poles. Do bring some light snacks for energy out on the trail. A cell phone can be helpful in listening to the guided nature trail stops. Cameras can capture some stunning views. Bird watchers might bring binoculars as well.
Facilities: There is water and a restroom at the trailhead.
Pets: Dogs on a leash are welcome on this trail
This trail is part of the City of Irvine Open Space Preserve, boasting 5,200 acres representing a number of different ecosystems. This preserve includes our Quail Hill Trail, Shady and Bommer Canyons, and Turtle Ridge.
Though some parts of the preserve have restricted access, our trail is open to the public every day.
There is a guided nature trail accessed by telephone. Those doing the second loop can stop and enjoy the stops or listen to them as we go.
Exit the 405 Freeway at Sand Canyon and head south. Go straight through the roundabout, go past the Fire Station on the right, then take the next right into the parking lot.
There's plenty of parking here for all.
1) Select hikes that are at your ability level-there is no sweep.
2) Bring at least one bottle of water (16oz).
3) Rain three days or less prior to hike cancels hike. Forecast temperatures in excess of 85 degrees F at any part of the hike cancels the hike.
4) Wait at each trail crossing or turn-off for the rest of the group and the organizer.
5) Wear appropriate hiking clothes and shoes.
6) Do not leave a fellow hiker behind without inquiring as to their condition.
7) You are responsible for your own safety.
8) No smoking on this or any other Sunset Hike
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 and all 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.