Amerige Heights Town Center Emery Park and Sally’s Trail (.9 mi)
Hillcrest Park north parking lot (½ mi north of Brea Blvd.) Brea Dam Park (1 mi)
Fullerton Sports Complex (Bastanchury) Brea Dam (upstream) (1.0 mi), Lost Trail (1 mi)
Tree Park (Parks Rd., 1/3 mi N of Rosecrans) Nora Kuttner (1 mi), Rosecrans (1.6 mi)
Acacia Park (where Yorba Linda Blvd ends) Acacia Park Fullerton Creek Trail (1.2 mi)
Gilbert and Castlewood Castlewood Trail (1.1, 1.4 and 3.6 mi)
Rosecrans and Sunny Ridge Clark Park (1.2 mi), Castlewood (3.6 mi)
Bastanchury, east of the the 57 Gilman Park (1 mi)
Entrada off of Harbor N of Bastanchury San Juan Park (1.9 mi)
Along Valencia Mesa (.3 miles west of Harbor) Horse Alley (1.8, 2.5 and 4.4 mi)
Lakeview Drive on Euclid Laguna Lake Park (¾, 1.2 and 1.9 mi)
Payne Stewart Golf Course East Coyote Hills Trail (2.8 mi)
Euclid near Valley View Hiltscher Park Trail (2.1 mi)
Valencia Mesa Bridge over Juanita Cooke Horse Alley (1.8, 2.2, 2.5 mi)
Summit House Restaurant Panorama Trail (2.8 mi)
Bastanchury near Malvern Bastanchury Park (4.4 mi)
Trail Loops that start where there’s a place for a group to gather:
- Cooke’s Corner: Juanita Cooke Laguna Lake Park
- Tree Park: 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
These loops are dirt trails which most people prefer over sidewalks. But to make journeys into loops, there has to be some walking on sidewalks. (Never more than half of the total walk.) At first it would seem a loop to be better, but going out-and-back along the same path allows the whole trip to be on a dirt trail. In addition, during the “-and-back” part of the walk, you are facing a different direction, so the scenery is completely different. So it isn’t exactly a repeat. Click here to see the Listing of Out and Back Journeys.
Going the other way on a loop also makes for a different journey. However, the best way to make the same trail different is to go out at a different time of the day. It makes the trail entirely different. Morning vs mid-day vs evening are more different in Southern California than is a change in season.
Walking over Biking
Bikers are just as friendly as fellow walkers, but sometimes it doesn’t seem that way. It’s because bikers have to focus on the next 20 feet of ground. This gaze is particularly intense when they’re going down hill. Don’t expect a return of a “hi” then; they are way too busy.
Bikers are mostly in it for the thrill of the changing G loads on their body while taking pleasure of their skill at avoiding bodily injury. Rarely do they have time to appreciate their surroundings or the occasional distant view so we can feel superior to them during our condescending wave as they go by. We do have to appreciate bikers though for their sheer numbers and for their ability to establish new trails that are always more interesting than the official ones the parks department maintains.