Borrego Canyon to Vista Look Out Trail is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Rancho Santa Margarita, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Easy hike in, but a steep uphill climb once you turn onto Mustard Road. The hike flattens out when you get to the Vista Lookout turn.
Enjoyable, with a great view (and breeze) when you get to the top.
Beautiful trail. Later part has almost continously hike but with beautiful views. Enjoyed it.
This was an easy 5.5 mile hike, and a nice break from school/work, but not my favorite. I enjoy having trails like these that are close to home; it gives you every reason to find a friend (or go by yourself) and hike last-minute. I really began to enjoy myself after we reached Mustard Trail(?) and took a left toward the lookout because it felt more isolated; the first part of the trail was pretty crowded for a Monday afternoon, but it was nice seeing parents walking with their kids. The difficulty after the crossroad/guide map increased quite a bit, but I enjoyed working for the view. Can't wait to check out the rest of the Limestone- Whiting area!
It was fun! Amazing views of South Orange County!
Great! Would have liked it more without the bikers. (Sorry! But I'm hiking with my 9 year old and the bikers seem to come out of no where and go fast.)
Lots of mountain bikers. Starts off nice and woodsy and opens up to a medium gradient uphill to Vista Point. Decent for being so close to the city. Still, you are better off going to the other staging area on Glenn Ranch Road and exploring those trails instead.
a lot biker...otherwise a nice hikking trail
I just completed this hike about an hour ago and avoided the rain. The first mile and a half is crowded and very easy but around the two mile mark, the trail gets much steeper. At the top, a picnic table and shade. Not a bad hike for the morning.
Loved it!!! Beautiful views, it's shady most of the way. There are a lot of mountain bikers but they are really friendly and mindful of hikers
Hiked this trail a couple years ago. My daughter and I really enjoyed this trail because there was a lot of shade. There’s only one bench midway underneath a tree where the trail path gets a little confusing. The trails are clearly defined and wide for the most part. What’s nice about hiking this trail, at the trailhead on the east there’s shopping center where you can eat lunch and use a restroom. There’s no fee to park or hike this trail.
Awesome easy to moderate local hike. Definitely hit it early or late, can get hot back there. Very well maintained. If you connect to the Vista Outlook Trail via Mustard Trail & Borrego Canyon, be prepared for a .3 mile pretty steep climb. Well worth the view though. We did Borrego Canyon to Vista Outlook via Mustard Trail then wehn we came back we did the Red Rock Canyon Trail, super easy and well worth it, really cool back there!
It's a pretty nice evening hike. It has some decent views, and I didn't see a single person while making my way up to the look out. Keep in mind, though, that it's pretty easy. The trail is smooth, there are only a few somewhat steep parts, and the beginning portion is shaded.
Pretty good trail. Very busy and constant bicyclists that you have to move for. Be very aware that near the end of the trail where the rest area is... There are lots of rattlesnakes. You can hear them on each side of the trail. Easy rating is accurate.
Easy to moderate hike. Great view from the Vista Outlook! Originally planned on Borrego to the Outlook but decided to also check out Red Rock Canyon since it was an extra mile once we got back on the Borrego trail.
Good elevation when going towards Vista Lookout. Nice views, not too tiring so good hike for a Sunday.