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A great Sunday afternoon hike with a highlight at the end of the trail!

There were minimal bicyclists and all of them were very cordial as they passed by.

There is lots of shade for overly hot days although it was very mild when we were out there.

The signage for Red Rock Trail really needs to be better...I might have missed it had it not been for the folks in front of us.

My wife was obsessed with all of the woodpeckers we spotted!

Nice out and back. Lots of sand in the bottoms. Bring good hiking boots that repel the sand. Hat with a front and back bill to keep the sun off the neck.

But the Red Rock canyon is a nice treat at the end of the trail. Will upload pics soon.

Love this trail- great hills for the hikers and plenty of running trails for the runners.

hiking
16 days ago

Great work out with some challenging inclines. Watch out for mountain bikers on the narrow fence line trail portion of the hike. Bring a hat and plenty of water.

On 30 Aug at 19:45 my wife sighted a mountain lion near the entrance before the creek at the time of exiting

22 days ago

Nice easy hike. Trails poorly marked.

trail running
25 days ago

I ran down this trail after running up quail trail to Serrano ridge and down little sycamore. Running down this trail might be the most fun I’ve had trail running maybe ever. It’s hard in the steeper parts near the top because of the loose rocks, but it’s definitely a good time.

1.5 Miles up then 1.5 back down. Definitely grab a map at the trail head before adventuring. You can modify by making hike longer by including the willow trail. Some shade provided. Bring plenty of water. Great views. Watch out for bikers.

I saw a coyote pup and a rabbit while hiking on the trail. Beautiful views with well maintained dirt roads. Up and down steep hills all along the way. Bring plenty of water - a great trail for running!

fun times and nice trail.

Great hiking trail with multiple hills and great views of the Pacific Ocean. This is our go-to hike near our home in OC.

trail running
2 months ago

This trail is maintained & rewarding. All uphill at first but once you reach the top, the trail starts to wind down. So much around to see & explore but also great for running. The run is challenging but as soon as you make the run around into the smaller trails, that’s the exciting part. The trail closes in between trees & a dried up river bed. The trail markers let you know the distance so you don’t get lost.
Constant views and open area so wear sunscreen.

Beautiful and challenging

Awesome trail. Ended up taking it to the emerald trail totaling about 10 miles. Great hike, cool secluded place in Laguna Canyon.

Great trail. I’ve done it too many times to count. The red rocks at the end are beautiful & the main attraction for this trail. They are for viewing mostly as they are steep & sandy/slippery. I wouldn’t chance an injury out there by climbing on them but many people do. I have brought an 8 year old & first time hikers who are up for a slight challenge (only at the end of trail as its slightly uphill briefly).

You have to share trail with bikers for first mile which is annoying on a busy weekend. Be careful of the poison oak when dodging them.

Is a great work out ! No shades but nice view! ! Highly recommend

Nice trail, beauty at the Red rocks, easy for all levels! Worth it.

It was a tough hike !!!!

Decent hike around Crystal Cove Park - completely unshaded. A nice way to end the hike is to go to Laguna Beach :) There are many rolling hills along the way for a good workout.

I finished this in under 3 hours.

on Whiting Ranch Trail

3 months ago

Fabulous hike!! Last 3/4 of a mile is on Portola Parkway though...kind of a bummer to end such a gorgeous hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Great conditioning hike going up the BFI with amazing view of Newport Coast and PCH. For an extra challenge, after BFI, go down East Cross Over then up Poles :))

A great workout for hiking

Great hike, but wear good hiking shoes for the smooth rocks at Red Rock (covered in loose rock/sand).

Allow 2-2 1/2 hours if you want to take photos and spend time at Red Rock...you have to hike through Borrega Canyon first.

It’s easy to miss the turn to Red Rock so keep your eyes peeled immediately after the covered rest area that marks the end of the two-way trail.

Not suitable for kids under 12 - the rocks beg to be climbed and are steep. Bring lots of water in the summer also. Great local hike and easy to reach.

3 months ago

This trail is not that beautiful. I mean...if it’s all you have then fine. But there is no greenery, telephone poles along the route and yes the coast is nice but it’s obstructed by peoples houses!! If you want a long hike to do and not drive far, this is a good choice. But it’s not as beautiful as it’s made out to be. I parked near the baseball field to avoid the $15 parking fee....which also is absolutely ridiculous.

This hike was fun and challenging if you’re a newbie like me! The route we took did have a lot of hikes up hills and my legs were jelly by the time we were done. The scenery, serenity and confidence boosting was all worth it! Absolutely gorgeous to find this gem in OC! Well worth it, don’t bring children on the long hikes and there are in fact rattlesnakes!

The label of the trail compared to the actual trail is not entirely accurate, bomber ridge is along the ridge line and to reach it you have a couple of different trail options. My personal favorite is big bend , a nice incline which is a bit more gradual but still a good bit of work. It is very exposed so wear sunscreen & bring a hat! Especially on a hot day.

at first the incline is intense but over all its a good easy trail. it's easy just a long trail.

hiking
3 months ago

We did the 5.9 mi loop with kids (youngest was 9). Billy goat was best trail. I’d go up and back the same way. I didn’t like the last section walking on the street. Go up and back from Ralph’s.

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