Quail Hill / Nix Center Loop

This loop is on a combination of (public) Irvine Open Space and Orange County Park land. The starting point is Quail Hill Community Park at 35 Shady Canyon Drive, Irvine, CA. Parking is free. The shopping center across the street is a great place to go after a ride for dinner. The trail begins at the south side of the park, past the baseball fields. You should park in that lot as opposed to the first parking lot you’ll pass near the basketball courts.

An Official Trail Guide for Laguna Coast Wilderness Park can be found here.
An Official Trail Guide for the Irvine Open Space Area can be found here.

Full Loop:
Distance: Approx 12.25 miles
Climbing: Approx 1,680′
Average Grade: Approx 8% with some very steep climbs
Garmin stats for the complete loop:
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/40355007
Photos from Serrano Ridge to Nix Center and Back

Up and Back: (to the high point at 877′ and back)
Distance: Approx 7.25 miles
Climbing: Approx 1,000′
Average Grade: 8% with a couple steep 23% climbs
Garmin stats for the up and back ride:
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/38792058
Photos of the Quail Hill Trail up to Serrano Ridge (the Up and Back)

TOPO of the Entire Route:

Elevation Profile of the Entire Route:

First Climb:

Second Climb:

Third Climb: