The Best Hiking and Dog Walking Trails in Irvine

The Best Dog Walking and Hiking Trails in Irvine 2 Dawg Nite

Irvine’s Best Dog Walking Trails

If your anything like me, then there are times when going for a quick jog with the dog around the block or visiting the local park just isn’t enough. You crave wide open spaces, new scenery and excitement! If you’ve had similar thoughts or feelings than this article may just be perfect for you. Today I am going to go over 7 of the absolute best dog walking and hiking trails in all of Irvine. So please sit back and relax with your pooch as you enjoy my overview of 7 of the absolute best dog walking trails in Irvine.

Hiking and Dog Walking Trails

Shady Canyon Trail Loop Irvine, CA, US – The Shady Canyon Trail plus Loop is a mix of four large Irvine city bike-ways. The four trails… the Shady Canyon Trail, Bonita Canyon Trail, the Quail Hill Trail and the University Trail combine to form a seamless 9.5 mile scenic loop ride through the hills. There are several loop and semi-loop ride options available in the Irvine system, just check out their bike-ways map for more info. Two trailside water fountains are split the trail and there is plenty of lighting along the concrete bike-way sections.

Turtle Rock Trail Irvine, CA, US – The Turtle Rock Trail is a 2.63 mile aerobic workout. The trails take you up and down a series of concrete surfaces that stretch about 11 feet long and offer a smooth walk or bike ride. Shady Canyon Trail Loop is well-kept, with good landscaping and clean facilities. There are two water fountains located on the nearly 3 mile trail. Parking is available down at the bottom end located in William Mason Park. The pay rate is between $3 and $10 depending on the day (weekday, weekend, or holiday).

Venta Spur Trail Irvine, CA, US – The Venta Spur Trail is a 3.31 mile trail in Irvine California. Previously known as the location of the Frances Packing House, they closed down in 1971, and by 1997 the site became what is now known as the Venya Spur Trail. The Western side of the trail is a well shaded greenly lush landscape, while the eastern side is more wide open spaces. Tables, benches, and watering spots are located all along the trail. Nicely shaded and area peek out from the trails here and there. The landscape throughout the trail is both lush and green. Full service parks are located at both ends of the trail for your convenience.

Woodbridge Trail Irvine, CA, US – The Woodbridge Trail is quick 2.91 mile trail. Possible the most naturally beautiful of all Irvine bike trails, you scenery as you travel past the mountains and along-side two lakes while taking the scenic trail route. Enjoy the view while crossing a uniquely stylized bridge or head down past the tennis courts to the far side of the trail. Here you will find Woodbridge Village Shopping Center where you can take a stroll through the shopping mall, or pick up some healthy snacks after your trip through the trail.

Peters Canyon Wash Trail Irvine, CA, US The Peters Canyon Wash Trail is a multi-use trail that takes you from the Mountains of Irvine all the way down to the Sea! The trail carries across a total of 22 miles from Wier Canyon to Newport Bay. There are no restrooms or water at the start but they do become available as you travel down the trail and various parks become available to you. Those who enjoy this trail will be glad to know there Is a loop-back option.

Hicks Canyon Trail Irvine, CA, US – Most likely the shortest of all the park trails in Irvine, The Hicks Canyon Trail extends to a mere 2.28 miles. It’s safe to say, the epic scenery makes up for the short distance as you take in all there is to offer within the well landscaped Hicks Canyon Wash. There are benches and a trail side water fountain along the clean paths, and two on-trail parks containing 10 picnic tables, 2 restrooms, and 4 water fountains between the two.

San Diego Creek Bike-way Irvine, CA, US – The San Diego Creek Bike-way is an easy 10 mile trail that is visited by casual visitors and avid cyclists, as well as pedestrians with pets. Though the bike-way is only is only a 10 mile stretch within itself, much of the Class 1 and Class 2 off-road bike-ways intersect with the San Diego Creek Bike-way. In fact a whopping total of over 325 miles of off-road bike-ways cross with the San Diego Creek Bike-way at some point. That’s quiet a lot of area for you to enjoy with your lovably energetic pet!

The Best Dog Walking Trails: In Conclusion

Listed in no particular order, these are the absolute best hiking or bike riding trails for you and your pet. I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this article “Best dog walking trails in Irvine”. I hope this post has been beneficial to you and recommend you check back for even more dog related events, parks, hiking trails and more. As always your comments and feedback are greatly appreciated!



Parts of this article “The Best Hiking and Dog Walking Trails in Irvine” were gathered by reading Wikipedia among other sources

Dog Walking May Lead to Big Health Benefits


6/11/10 A new study has quantified the health benefits of dog walking, and they’re surprisingly substantial, including a lower risk of high blood pressure, a trimmer waistline and fewer chronic conditions.

“The big one is that people who did not own dogs had over three times the odds of being treated for diabetes than those who walked their dogs,” says study author Cindy Lentino, an exercise scientist at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services in Washington, D.C.

For her study, Lentino looked at the general health of 916 middle-aged adults who fell into three categories – those who did not own dogs, those who owned dogs but didn’t walk them and dog owners who regularly walked their pets.

She found that regular dog walkers had a lower body mass index (BMI) and fewer chronic conditions and depressive symptoms than their counterparts. They also sat less every day, used less tobacco and had more social support.

The study was presented at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, in Baltimore.

Lentino says her results indicate dog walking is something medical and health professionals should include when talking about activities that promote a healthy and active lifestyle.

“There’s definitely something special about dogs. They are inherently active animals,” Lentino says. “Dogs give owners a sense of purpose in that they need to be walked and humans need exercise, so I think that is the key. “

Other experts agree.

“I think it makes sense because you are doing more activity. You will be healthier and leaner,” says Bashir Zikria MD, assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at Johns Hopkins Medical Institution in Baltimore. “You are getting upper body work by holding the dog and a lower body workout by walking, and best of all you get social interaction. “

Dr. Zikria says dog walking also solves one of the most difficult parts of an exercise plan – starting it.

“The hardest thing about working out is often getting that set schedule. You can easily say I’m not doing it today,” Dr. Zikria says. “But when you have a dog, you know you have to walk them. It gives you a set schedule. You can’t give excuses because you can’t let the dog down. It’s an obligation.”




02 Sep 2010, 14:27
Brisk dog-walking has helped me get into the routine of exercise; however, my dog pulls like a truck which has resulted in lower back pain. I wonder how I can continue dog-walking while avoiding lower back pain? (Same idea as a water skier in my case.)