Quail Hill Trail in Irvine Open Space Preserve

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1.8 Miles


45 min




All Year

Elevation Gain

152 Ft

  • Trail type: Loop
  • Restrooms: Yes, in the parking lot
  • Dogs: Yes, on a leash

Didn’t have enough time to get outside this weekend? Checkout this hike, especially if you live in or near Orange County!

Quail Hill Trail, sometimes referred to as Quail Loop Trail, is a very easy hike for the entire family to enjoy. It’s located in the city of Irvine and nestled between golden hills adjacent to the 405 fwy. The trail features a vista point of Santiago Peak, the tallest peak in the Santa Ana Mountains, a seasonal pond, and interpretative audio guides.


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Quail Hill Trail Address & Directions

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34 Shady Canyon Dr, Irvine, CA 92603


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Quail Hill Trail

Your speedy adventure begins in a shady parking lot and in between two Sycamore trees.

Remember to keep an eye for wildlife like rattlesnakes, hares, quails, and roadrunners, and dial 949-743-5943 to listen to the interpretive audio messages while on the trail.

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Almost from the beginning you’ll have amazing views of Old Saddleback, the nickname for the two highest peaks in the Santa Ana Mountains, Modjeska and Santiago, the latter being the tallest. 

Santiago Peak from Quail Loop Trail

The entirety of the trail consists of a dirt road. Checkout that skyline in the back.

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Although the 405 fwy runs parallel to part of the loop, you may not even notice it, as you’re surrounded by beautiful golden hills.

A section on the Northside of the trail is actually a seasonal pond! Unfortunately, it was dry when I visited, but I’ll be going back as soon as we get some rain.

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Old Saddleback from Quail Hill Trail

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If you need a quick nature getaway, plan a visit to Quail Hill Trail, especially during the sunset. You won’t regret it!

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sunset at Quail Hill Trail

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