Dreaded Hill Loop Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Foothill Ranch, California 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.
Wooded canyon, chaparral, wildflowers, scenic vistas Dreaded Hill rises to the south of Four Corners where you can find water and information about the area. This is the gentler of the two approaches. The Dreaded Hill Trail begins an eighth of a mile west of Four Corners and rises 300 feet in about the same distance. On good days, you may see as far out into the Pacific as Catalina Island. The Santa Ana mountains rise to the northeast: you may lay claim to an excellent view of these as well as of Portola Hills and the Little Grand Canyon. Look for the redrock face to the northwest. Regardless of which approach they take, hikers should walk the Dreaded Hill loop in a counter-clockwise direction. The Serrano Cow Trail connects the Dreaded Hill Trail with the Whiting and Line Shack trails in the south. A fine grove of sycamores and coast live oaks shades your passage here. Watch for mule deer. Leave small children at home: mountain lions have been sighted in these parts.
Fun. Good training hill for bigger and better things
awesome. go when it is cool weather.
Nice hill climbs... Not many people / bikes on a Monday
It's called Dreaded Hill for a reason. It was a nice hike during a Sunday morning in January. Not many trees, but a lot of landscape, and some houses.
It had a pretty good view of OC *particularly Lake Forest Irvine Spectrum* once you make the dreaded climb from starting south going north.
Truly did dread the hike up.
The hill is tough. Too many mountain bikers for a relaxing hike.
2 hiked this trail yesterday. My phone app said this was an easy trail- would consider it moderate, like the computer version of AllTrails says. The views are wonderful, most of the trail is dirt road - wide and not full of stones etc. Passing through the grove of old Live Oaks was shady. Dreaded Hill is about a mile of steep climbing - we went up (clockwise) not sure my knees would have lasted if we had tried to go down. Trails are all either up or down, very little flat area. We really enjoyed ourselves, but would not have made this our first hike in a long while if we had realized the number of hills.
Don't do this in the summer! There is no shade! My mom and I completed this hike in July and saw more mountain bikers than trees.