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.
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, (949) 589-4729
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.
Fairly challenging hike, I enjoyed the red rocks at the end, but it's at the very very end of the trail.
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
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.
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.
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
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!
Great family hike / off and on sun and shade.
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.
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.
Great hike today!
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.
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:
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.
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