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The Hicks Canyon Trail is a short but scenic blacktop trail along the landscaped Hicks Canyon Wash. It starts at the Peters Canyon Trail near Hicks Canyon Community Park and climbs up the wash to end on Portola Parkway just northwest of Jeffrey Road. Featuring grade-separated crossings, the trail offers a pleasant experience through this part of Irvine.
Runners and equestrians will both enjoy the parallel bridle trail which starts at the Hicks Canyon Trail's junction with the Peters Canyon Trail and continues to the trail's opposite end on Portola Parkway. The bridle trail is continuous except for about 200 yards where you need to use the paved trail instead.
There are good trailside amenities in Hicks Canyon Community Park at the western end of the trail and in Citrusglen Park in the eastern section, plus trailside water, benches, shade trees and nice landscaping throughout.
Hicks Canyon Community Park at the eastern end of the trail is the recommended trailhead. Exit Interstate 5 at Culver Drive and take the road northeast to Viewpark Avenue. Take a left on Viewpark Avenue at the light. The park is immediately on the left.
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