Explore the most popular birding trails in Caspers Wilderness Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Mainly uphill, no shade, pretty views. Saw a deer. Nice that you can do a loop, went back Eastern flats but no shade, today the road would have been better for shade. Lots of trails in this general location $3 to get in.

Interesting trail that rides the ridge between the park and Coto. There really is not a loop anymore. the Oak Trail segment is now closed. There was hardly anyone on the trail on Saturday. A couple of runners, a biker, and a boy scout troop. We went about an hour without running into anyone. Once on the ridge trail, you are exposed in the sun with little shade.

nice short hike. great signs and well maintained trail. definitely a moderate not a hard hike

Difficult both in grade and trail condition. The trail narrows considerably and becomes overgrown after about a mile, which makes it pretty difficult to navigate. The shrubbery encroaching on the trail wasn't very fun, and combined with loose scree and shale as well as a relatively steep incline in many places, it wasn't very friendly to hikers. I was 3.5 miles in after about 1.5 hours of hiking, and decided to turn around, so I can't comment on the rest of the trail. Side note: The Lazy W Camp Office sells day passes for $5.

Hiked this loop trail in pleasant 85F weather on a Monday afternoon. As a result, I didn't encounter another soul which was a pleasant surprise. The trail is rated by AllTrails as difficult but I think moderate is more accurate. There is a fairly steep climb on Oso Trail but not too difficult. You are rewarded with some nice views over the park from up there, especially back toward Santiago and Modjeska peaks in the distance.

Be sure to bring enough water/sunscreen and wear a hat. You are exposed to the sun for significant portions of this hike. There are a few places with loose rocks and/or sand where footing can be tricky. Hiking boots are recommended. Overall, this was a very pleasant hike where you can work up a sweat and get your heart beating a bit.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Park in the first day use lot you come across on your right side. Cost is $5 to enter the park. The trail map is pretty handy. Plenty of butterflies, grasshoppers, beetles, and lizards on this hike. Right now the yucca blooms are impressive.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Beautiful wildflowers, green hillsides, water in the creek!

Decent, didn't see another soul the whole time

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Fire road for most of the way until about the last mile or mile and a half. You will notice the peak off to the left of the trail by seeing a cluster of rocks that you haven't seen along the way. That day I went was pretty clear (12/26/2016) I was able to see Mt. Baldy & Catalina in the distance.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

This trail was a tough and beautiful climb. I would not recommend taking San Juan Creek trail back. San Juan Creek trail is next to the highway, so it is very noisy.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Hard. Trail was washed out in several places and made it difficult to go up. Ended up coming back down via Ortega highway.

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Most of this trail is exposed so go early in the morning or during cooler seasons. Also part of the lower loop is closed due to deadfall.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Really tough climb, but well worth it for the amazing views from the top. The climb once at the Oso trail is pretty steep. Gotta be in good shape to complete this hike.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Lots of incline and great views. Bring plenty of water and snacks for energy. The start of the trail runs through the Lazy W ranch but they are pretty lenient on hikers going through there. Just be sure to call them and get their permission just to be safe.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Fun trail that did while camping on a weekend and had some great views with tall grass valleys. When we hit the end of trail my girlfriend asked if I thought we could see out camp site and sure enough we had a direct view of our favorite campsite with all of our gear (and the squires trying to steel our food). Will do this hike next time we camp here as I like camping here a lot

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Not my favorite hike, but it was really pretty. Very narrow trail with gazillions of foxtails. But, it's pretty good for beginners - nice graded trail, great views at the top. I suggest going early as there are very few places to sit and very little shade. Always bring water!

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Not the most exciting trail, but it *is* beautiful. There is a large grass meadow at the beginning of the hike. You'll share the trail with horses. Lots of bees pollinating flowers - didn't get stung, but maybe not the best trail for those allergic. The climb is moderate and short. Lots of patches of dappled light so watch for snakes. Bathrooms, water and good parking at the trail head.

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Monday, May 26, 2014

This trail is incredibly difficult. There are a few switchbacks at the start but afterward it is nearly straight up to each peak and then straight down. Very rocky surface in numerous locations. We went on an overcast May day and were in the clouds nearly all day but still sweating profusely. It would be a brutal summer hike. Be prepared for a butt kicker.

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

beautiful view, loved seeing the horse. quite a climb towrd the end but tolerable.

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

seen a lot of mountain lion tracks loved walking this with my girl almost got caught in the dark had to chase the sun back.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

These are many trails that loop around within "Caspers Wilderness Park" off the Ortega HWY. Google their website for a map of all these trails (or see link below). All are located within the campground, I think day use access is free. Great hiking, lots of horses and some mountain biking.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

This trails starts of on the fairly level "Oak Trail" winding through oak groves, then quickly ascends to the top of the West Ridge, meeting up with the "West Ridge Trail" (which is essentially a utility access road).. Also, it's worth mentioning that these trails are located in the "Caspers Wilderness Park" campground, off the Ortega HWY.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Great hike , bring lots of water! And go early. Trails can be narrow and rough making you feel being in complete wilderness . Love the remoteness. Once you get to the base of the sugar loaf peak , takes a while to find an open trail through the bushes ( machetes a great help) and a little rock scrambling , a sweet chimney to climb and then the magnificent view on top. so well worth it. Make sure you sign the recorder hidden under the boulder on top. Would do this trail in Cooler weather most definitely .

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Very difficult hike. Go early as it takes a long time. Remember that it is not just a summit hike in that you go up and come back down. There is a lot of up and over hills, the elevation gained is from the descent as well as the ascent. Bring enough water! It is hot in the summer months, fun to hike in the rain though.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Intense!!!! The most intense incline I've experienced so far. It's all at once so be prepared. The hike ends up being around 12 miles. An excellent workout!! Not too much shade, be sure to bring your sunblock, hat and water!!

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The trailhead can be quite busy, but you quickly find yourself in the more secluded parts of the park. You wind through lush foliage, through open stream beds and ultimately out into the exposed open brush of the hillsides.
Overall a solid hike, with some steep sections, and respectable views.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Great hike! Lots of interesting flora & if your quiet even some deer or cool local birds. My only advice is to keep an eye out along the trail for poison oak. Just remember "leaves of three let it be" & have fun!

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

The trail was great with some excellent views along the ridge. Some of the trail was washed out do to the weather so we hiked around for a further hike. Some water crossing but nothing difficult. Overall a great hike.

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