Most of this trail is in parallel with the sidewalk along Bastanchury between Brea Blvd and State College. It is easiest to understand this trail by starting at the golf course half way along its length. The golf course is also the best place to park. Coyote Hills Golf Course is on Payne Stewart Drive. That street is named after the legendary golfer and designer of the course; Payne Stewart. Between Brea Blvd and State College on Bastanchury, turn right into Payne Stewart Road. From this reference point one can go east or west along the East Coyote Hills Trail. Described in the webpage Panorama Trail, is a 2.8 mile loop with the East Coyote Hills Trail. (See picture of map of loop.) It should be noted before you read any farther that this trail was originally built for horses, not hikers nor bikers. The trail is uncomfortable to walk on because of rock used on its surface for the uphill part of journey. It is not at all scenic other than the planted trees right next to the trail. The best thing to say about this trail is that when you are done, you can eat at a fine restaurant on either end.
Fine Dining After a Walk
The hours at Coyote Hills Grill is breakfast through lunch (8:30 to 5:00). The hours at the Summit House Restaurant are lunch (11:30 to 2:30) and dinner (5:00 on). The lunch menu at the golf course is between $9 and $13. The Summit House Burger is $18.95.
East of Payne Stewart (out and back to Summit House 1.7 miles)
The trail is outside the golf course property but inside Bastanchury’s very wide sidewalk. It is a different sort of path in that it is tree lined. In fact three rows of trees. From the walking trail there’s still another 20 feet to where the cars are. It is not clear that walking on rock is more pleasant than walking on concrete sidewalk but it is further from the cars. For the entire mile walk alongside Bastanchury there are no openings in the fence that separates the side walk from the rock path. So if you get tired of walking on rock you can’t exchange that for walking where it’s noisy. This strange combination of paths is probably a way of preserving that space for future expansion of Bastanchury. The trail in this direction ends at State College Blvd. but a hundred yards before that there’s an informative sign and a trail that leads up past some oil wells to join the Panorama Trail. It is interesting to note that the Summit House Restaurant rents their space from the Parks and Recreation Department. The top of the hill which the Panorama Trail goes over is also Parks and Recreation but between the top and the Restaurant is golf course and oil company private land. Somehow there is right-of-way for walkers to go through to the Panorama Trail. Panorama Trail goes past the top of the highest hill for best view of the golf course, La Habra and all the way to Los Angeles.
West of Payne Stewart (out and back to the Sports Complex 2.0 miles)
Walk out of the golf course parking lot and walk west along Bastanchury. The decomposed granite trail turns south following Brea Blvd for a half a mile to an intersection named Ashburn Terrace. Cross the Brea Blvd there and follow the much more rewarding “Lost Trail” into Brea Dam Recreational Area. Notice how wide the trail is. It eventually becomes a normal dirt trail about the time you come to a long concrete sidewalk that leads to the right into the Fullerton Sports Complex. There’s water fountains, and restrooms there. You can see the Sports Complex from far off because of the tower lights over the ball diamonds. For more detail on the trails starting at the Sports Complex see “Lost Trail” webpage.
East Coyote Hills / Panorama Trail Loop (2.8 mi)
If instead of crossing Brea Blvd, you can continue south past a Little League field where the trail leaves the street (finally) and becomes a nice horse trail again. Right there at the Little League field the name changes to Panorama Trail. (There is very little ever going on at the Little League field of interest to walkers.) This takes you below street level and alongside the golf course. It eventually takes you into the Panorama Park with its fantastic view and then the Summit House Restaurant where the East Coyote Hills Trail can be picked up again in a loop. The loop is 2.8 miles. For more on that loop go to the Panorama Trail webpage.
Trail Rest Park (the virtual park)
Washburn Terrance on the east side of Brea Blvd is the entrance to a gated community and of course there’s no parking there. But you can use the very large crosswalk there to walk to other side of Brea Blvd. This was mentioned above for getting to the Lost Trail on your way to the Fullerton Sports Complex. Not seen in real life at that trail entrance is a place which on the map it is called Trail Rest Park. There’s no park to be seen other than a grand entrance to it as shown to the left. If the Trail Rest Park is to be developed it will have to take into account the lack of nearby parking. It is very worthwhile, however, to bring more attention to this place as a “trail rest” at least, because it is the intersection of three major trails.
- To the north is East Coyote Hills Trail to the golf course and beyond that to the Summit House.
- To the south you will come to the Panorama Trail which goes through the best viewing spot in Fullerton.
- The third trail begins on the Trail Rest Park side of Brea Blvd and goes west to the Brea Dam Recreational Area.
There are other trails in the Brea Dam Recreational Area, including access to a trail that goes alongside a different golf course. The more interesting destination is “Coyote Hills Ranch”. It is private horse stable with direct access to Fullerton’s 28 miles of equestrian trails. For more detail on that goal, see the webpage. Lost Trail <–click this
Why in the heck is the sidewalk so wide on Bastanchury?
Bastanchury is not only wide and fast, but meanders through the city. Why? What ancient river bed or railroad track was there before it?
Is it true that the Summit House Restaurant rents their space from the Parks and Recreation?
Why is the Lost Trail for about 1,200 feet out of Trail Rest Park so wide? You could drive a truck down the lane without disturbing any walkers.
Suggestions for Parks Department
To bring more attention to Trail Rest Park, it should be cleared and a picnic table placed there. Even if the picnic table is not used, it is a kind of sign that says “this a significant place.” To make it even more of a place, an information sign would be useful that describes the three trails available from there.