Borrego Canyon to Red Rock Canyon

EASY 24 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 good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

4.2 miles 501 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
16 days ago

it was beautiful trekking trail
but little to easy trail

hiking
22 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Hands down my favorite hike I've been on since I moved from Utah to Orange County! The trail to the red rocks is gentle with lots of trees and lots of shade, and the red rocks themselves are uniquely aesthetic and fun to climb. Very reminiscent of the red rocks of my home state. I will definitely be coming back here!

1 month ago

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hiking
2 months 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
3 months ago

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

3 months 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
3 months 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.

4 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
4 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
4 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
4 months ago

Great family hike / off and on sun and shade.

hiking
5 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
9 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.

10 months ago

Great hike today!

hiking
11 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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