Borrego Canyon to Vista Look Out Trail

MODERATE 25 reviews

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.

4.7 miles 814 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

no dogs

4 months ago

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.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

8 months ago

Beautiful trail. Later part has almost continously hike but with beautiful views. Enjoyed it.

10 months ago

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!

11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

It was fun! Amazing views of South Orange County!

hiking
11 months ago

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.)

1 year ago

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.

1 year ago

a lot biker...otherwise a nice hikking trail

hiking
1 year ago

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.

hiking
1 year ago

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

hiking
1 year ago

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!

hiking
1 year ago

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.

walking
1 year ago

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.

cross country skiing
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

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.

1 year ago

hiking
2 years ago

Good elevation when going towards Vista Lookout. Nice views, not too tiring so good hike for a Sunday.

2 years ago