The 3.35 mile University Trail ascends the Sand Canyon Wash beginning at the San Diego Creek Trail. It runs the length of the William Mason Regional Park in the wash along University Drive to end at the trail junction at the Jeffrey Overpass. It runs through two aspects of the William Mason Park, the landscaped picnic ground and the wild barranca down in the wash.
The connections are of interest to the rider. It connects to five trails - the San Diego Creek Trail, the Turtle Rock Trail, the Woodbridge Trail, the Jeffrey Trail and the Quail Hill Trail. It almost connects to the Bonita Trail, 0.32 miles uphill. In almost any loop ride in southern Irvine, the University Trail will play a part.
Parking and Trail Access
The trail runs though the William Mason Regional Park, which can be used as a trailhead. However, the day use fee ranges from $3 on weekdays to $10 on holidays. The Quail Hill Trailhead, a mile east of the end of the trail at the Jeffrey Overpass, is a fine and free facility.
Take the 405 freeway south to Sand Canyon/Shady Canyon exit. Turn right on Shady Canyon and go 0.34 miles to the trail head - on the right, just beyond the fire station, with a community park across the street.
TrailBear on the Five Trail Loop
TRAILBEAR ON THE FIVE TRAIL LOOP
Back Bay Trail – San Diego Creek Trail – University Trail - Woodbridge Trail – Freeway Trail
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The University Trail - short - but well connected.
The University Trail is a short one with a lot of connections. IT's a like a fourth for bridge. It serves as the bottom of a number of loop rides. Someone has to do. The University and the Freeway Trails do it.
Let’s start over at the Quail Hill Trailhead. ...