. . . is to solve the logistics for walking portions of the 28 miles of Fullerton trails. Directions to places to park are in bold green font. Most of the walks described in this website have something of a goal, such as a view, at the other end. There are also trail loops described. There are more than 50 walks altogether. Also described in the text are interesting things to watch for, as well as comments on park use, and some technical material on streams, and dams. A few of the trails have history to read about including a slide show on the Electric Railway that used to be one of the trails.
Listing of Out-and-Back Walks by Their Goal or Purpose
short walks (<1 mi): Lost Trail Emery Park Brea Dam Gilman Park Bastanchury Park
horse ranch: Panorama Lost Trail Brea Dam (Upstream) Hillcrest Park East Coyote Hills
Garden of Weeden: Juanita Cooke Hiltscher Park Trail
spectacular view of Coyote Hills: Castlewood Trail Nora Kuttner
shady, tall trees and green all year long: Gilman Park Craig Park San Juan Park
sidewalks for wheel chair journeys: Hillcrest Park Clark Park Craig Park Summit House
view of a cityscape: Panorama(looking north) Nora Kuttner(looking north west and east)
more cityscapes: Hawks Pointe Trail(west) Castlewood(south) Summit (north east)
view of hillside; no houses, oil wells or industry of any sort: Nora Kuttner Castlewood
220 acres of wilderness in Fullerton, yet out of sight: Lost Trail Brea Dam (upstream)
future trails (i.e. tracks still in place but out of service): Bastanchury Park San Juan Park
the Fullerton Arboretum: Acacia Park Fullerton Creek Trail
a bit of history: Gilman Park Juanita Cooke Brea Dam (Upstream) Laguna Lake
trail near a creek: Hillcrest Acacia Brea Dam Gilman Park San Juan Park
trail associated with cultural center: The Muck Walk
The listing above is by something interesting at the end of the walk; out-and-back walks. There is also a listing of walks which end where you parked. Click here for a listing of journeys that are loops. The advantage of “out-and-back” is that it’s customizable in length. And don’t forget, the view is completely different going the other way. Going back will look different but at the same time somewhat familiar. It will feel safer than a loop.
Walks that start where there’s a place for a group to gather:
- Cooke’s Corner (Hermosa near Harbor): Juanita Cooke Laguna Lake Park
- Tree Park (west Fullerton): Rosecrans Castlewood Nora Kuttner
- Laguna Lake: Laguna Lake Park Juanita Cooke San Juan Park
- The Fullerton Sports Complex: Lost Trail Brea Dam (upstream)
- Summit House Restaurant: Panorama East Coyote Hills Trail Craig Park
- Muckenthaler Cultural Center The Muck Walk
Connecting with Folks at the End Who Drove their Car
Out-and-back can also be “out-only” if a group of you want to rendezvous with a driver, and perhaps have a meal at the end there. For those who remember the days before cell phones, meeting a friend who drove was burdened by the need for precise timing. That meant the walkers had to adjust their pace to keep on schedule. It also meant no side trips or time spent taking pictures or chatting with folks going the other way. Now-a-days you can call your friend just before you arrive at your destination. Only then does he drive to that end point.
___A variation on the above is to have the driver walk toward the group, instead of waiting at the restaurant. If there’s more than one car at the destination, you can actually plan on there being two hikes; one long and the other short but the short one is out-and-back so both groups are combined. That should be enough, but here it is in more detail. Start at opposite ends of a long trail with the start times different so the party with less time can meet the other one closer to their start point. They would then drive to the other parked cars. Of course at that end there could be a meal or an event.
Other Websites Having to do with Parks and Trails
Find the best nature hikes to take with families in Orange County.
Many are more like nature walks and designed more for connecting your family to the outdoors.
Families can relax together!
In Town Vacations
This website describes parks which the whole family can enjoy as a kind of mini vacation.
This website shows how you can empower your family for fun and prioritize time in nature.
Although it’s geared towards families with young children who use playgrounds, these parks are enjoyable for every age group.
Grandparents can use this site to scout out great places to play in Orange County for their grandchildren and of course enjoy watching them play too.
Ernie Kelsey is President of Fullerton Heritage and manages the Historic Tours of the old part of down town Fullerton.
Kay Miller is also part of Fullerton Heritage. She’s a 40-year Fullerton resident and a retired Fullerton employee of 30 years. Following retirement she led trail hikes for the City’s Parks & Recreation Department for six years. She calls herself a “history person” and was able to wed her two passions for history and hiking on the Hillcrest Park Hike. She is now associated with Fullerton Beautiful: http://www.fullertonbeautiful.org/home.htm
Fullerton Parks and Recreation Sponsored Hikes
http://fullertoneconnect.com/ (then click on Outdoor Activities)
Ernie Duarte who works in the Parks Department leads these. His email is email@example.com. The Monday morning journeys are on the more hilly trails and are faster paced. The Wednesday trails are the more level trails and more casually paced. There is no published days because it is a course you have to sign up in advance. There are a series of hikes for 6 weeks. The cost is $20.