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Fox Run Trail in the City of Irvine Opens After Undergoing Improvements

Fox Run Trail in the City of Irvine

After a seven-month closure, Fox Run Trail in Shady Canyon is ready to welcome back hikers and bikers to experience the newly improved trail. During the closure, Irvine Ranch Conservancy conducted trail restoration and improvements including compacting the trail and perfecting the tread, as well as passive restoration to allow for the surrounding habitat to be reestablished.

“The Fox Run Trail was originally very steep and had quite a bit of erosion damage, making it one of the least used trails in the area,” said Adam Maywhort, IRC Director of Planning and Infrastructure. “The newly redone trail meets the criteria for a world class trail and will be an exciting technical route for hikers and especially for mountain bikers.”

The Fox Run trail is one of three single-track trails that interconnect at the bottom of the Shady Canyon trail system, which is a unique feature of the area. IRC staff and volunteers will continue to work on trail features such as hardening the trail with natural materials for sustainability and maintenance. Fox Run Trail is only open for guided activities and Wilderness Access Days.

“Avid hikers will enjoy this trail due to its challenging nature as a cardio hiking trail,” said Maywhort. “The improved trail is also great for mountain bikers looking for a fun, technical ride. It also gives trail users a great view of the open space surroundings.”

On Saturday, February 19 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., the City of Irvine and Irvine Ranch Conservancy will host Wilderness Access Day in Bommer Canyon, where participants will have to opportunity to experience the redone Fox Run Trail. Mountain bikers can prepare for the improved Fox Run Trail and brush-up on mountain biking skills by signing up for an activity at the Portola Staging Area mountain bike skills course. To register for Wilderness Access Day and upcoming activities offered in the City of Irvine, visit

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