Borrego Canyon to Red Rock Canyon

MODERATE 20 reviews

Borrego Canyon to Red Rock Canyon is a 4.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Trabuco Canyon, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

4.2 miles 419 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

no dogs

Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, (949) 589-4729

hiking
15 days ago

Fairly straightforward neighborhood hike with little elevation gain. Terrain is extremely sandy during the dry summer months and rocky throughout most sections. This is one of the more shaded hikes in Orange County. Great morning/afternoon hike destination (~1.5 - 3 hrs). Great view of the red rock canyon at the end. Fairly straightforward to navigate - Borrego up, right on Mustard, left onto Red Rock immediately after turning on Mustard.

hiking
1 month ago

Fairly challenging hike, I enjoyed the red rocks at the end, but it's at the very very end of the trail.

1 month ago

Fun hike. Make sure when you turn left at the first red rock sign that you immediately stay to the right or you miss the trail

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for the most part. Shady at parts of trail were welcomed. Did get a little rocky as we got closer to the red rock canyon seemed like we were hiking through what would be a creek bed. End of the trail was closed so couldn't go all the way. Although we are novice hikers including my nine year old with Down syndrome, we had a great time.

2 months ago

Not a challenging hike, but rewarding when you get to the end.
I added it as part of a longer hike, and found it to be a nice diversion from the Billy Goat and Vista Outlook.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty easy hike, mostly flat with some sand along the way. The canyon at the end is pretty cool and Sedona-esque. Climb some rocks in the canyon and have a lunch. $3 parking

hiking
2 months ago

Scenery was beautiful and the canyon itself was cool. The hike was around 4 miles round trip and wasn't too difficult. Highly recommend this hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Great family hike / off and on sun and shade.

hiking
2 months ago

Borrego Canyon portion is mostly flat, shady in the morning, highly trafficked by mountain bikes. Red Rock Canyon portion is for hikers only - narrower trail and a little steeper. Nice views of Red Rock formations at the end of the trail.

birding
7 months ago

Completed the 4.4 Mustard trail with four and seven year-old kids . It was perfect! Lots of shade and the best part is you can take the kids for frozen yogurt across the street when you are done! Also, a few places for the kids to rest and snack along the way. You can see and hear lots of acorn woodpeckers. Would definitely go back without the kids to do the longer, Vista trail that goes uphill for views of the city.

7 months ago

Great hike today!

hiking
9 months ago

Easy hike, mostly flat. Good for kids, lots of shady areas. There are a lot of mountain lion sightings but I've never had a problem. Watch out for bikers of you have kids with you. $3 parking or park for free at adjacent shopping center.

hiking
1 year ago

A fun and easy hike to beautiful red rock sandstone. Go early to avoid the crowds.

I have full turn-by-turn directions to the red rocks on my blog:
https://hikingguy.com/hiking-trails/whiting-ranch-wilderness-park-hike-red-rock-canyon/

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hiking
1 year ago

I walked this trail yesterday and with the recent rains we have had it was gorgeous! Fields of grass, small streams and marshes, tons of birds and 3 bee hives (I could only see one, but I heard three). I only encountered a handful of people, one of the benefits of hiking midweek.

hiking
1 year ago

Very busy with views of the surrounding neighborhood. Despite this, it is still very pretty with opportunities to bird watch.

amazing view at the top, best trail I've been on so far

hiking
3 years ago

One of those best trails, indeed awesome!! This trail is shaded 75%, we're talking Borrego strictly and that's the reason why it's one of the best. It's an easy hike and roughly a mile and a half. If you continue to Red Rock Canyon, It's the bonus. This trail is very popular with Mountain Bikers, you'll see more of them on this trail. The trail is clearly defined, they provide picnic tables at the end of Borrego Trail and also where Red Rock Canyon Trail begins. Two 16 oz. water bottle is perfect for this trail. Start early and be done before 10 am is perfect.

hiking
3 years ago

We loved this hike. We started at the trailhead near Market Place St and headed out from lower Borrego Canyon. This is very busy with mountain bikers since this seems to the the starting point for them to get out to all the other trails. It is the start of a one-way cyclist trail, so watch out for the bikers. You can usually hear them coming so just stand off to the side. Very one we saw was very pleasant and thanked us for moving over. The trail is very shaded with beautiful trees along the way. At the end of Borrego Canyon trail, we took the Mustard Trail a very short distant to meet up with the Red Rock Canyon Trail. We almost missed it since there was a group of hikers relaxing at a picnic table. Then we continued out to Red Rock Canyon to the end of the trail. Very beautiful Red Rock Canyon. After resting for a short time we headed back the same way. This was a very easy and enjoyable trail.