Looking for a great trail in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, California? AllTrails has 13 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 10 moderate trails in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park ranging from 2.9 to 12.4 miles and from 757 to 2,342 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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A narrow red-walled chasm, boulder-strewn Redfield Canyon lies bound by tall cliffs pocked with eroded caves. With a bit of exploration you may find cascades and deep refreshing pools hidden in side canyons. Some small canyons in the area contain perennial streams. In the eastern portion of the Wilderness, Galiuro Escarpment rises impressively, an example of the fault-block development for which the Basin and Range Province is known. You'll find no established trails here, but the canyons are suitable for hiking. Over the years photographers have been drawn to the scenic, water-rich side canyons of Redfield. A substantial portion of the western half of the area is privately owned; you must obtain permission before crossing it. Park closes at sunset.

Great trail for biking, walking. There is enough shady spots. The only thing I didn’t love was the view of the homes up on the cliffs. This trail connects to a vista point (1500 ft) a little tough to get to but worth it!

Has a steep climb for some time. Rest of the trail is easy

A nice beginner hike or trail run. Lots of shade for most of the trail, shared with mountain bikers. Red Rock Canyon trail is for hikers only. The Canyon isn’t very big but it’s pretty cool that it exists in the middle of a populated area. The trailhead is literally attached to a massive shopping center. It’s kinda crazy to walk back out and see such civilization immediately after being what feels like a world away.

Billy Goat is a fun trail considering it’s proximity for us that live nearby. There are steep inclines but it’s not overly strenuous if you exercise often. It’s not easy, though and a nice workout. The toll road and new homes is kind of an eyesore but the rolling hills make up for it. We did it with Red Rock which adds about 2 miles

hiking
6 days ago

Nice trail considering the convenience for those of us who live nearby. It’s nice when the wild flowers are blooming in spring/early summer, a bit dry and exposed in the summer sun. The hill is steep but the path is smooth and wide. I wouldn’t rate it as a difficult hike but it’s a good workout and most of it nice for trail running. There are a lot of mountain bikers that share the trail. I’d rather have a view of nature but the view of Irvine from the top of Dreaded Hill is nice.

Easy hike and amazing one along with family

Great little hike! Really easy for the first 1.75 miles or so until you split to the left. At that point, it is no shade and almost straight up. That is really the only difficult part, but the views were gorgeous! There is shade at the top too!

hiking
17 days ago

one of our favorite hikes so far! you start in the canopy on borrego canyon trail until you hit mustard road/billy goat trail while working your way up to four corners. from there take a moment appreciate the views because it's straight back down into the canopy once you hit serrano cow trail. the overgrown trees that provide shade make it worth a stop or two to take pics. don't park in the ralph's parking lot, they will tow you! park across the street at mcdonald's if you cant find a spot at the park. the only negative is you have to take portola pkwy back the last half 1/3-1/2 mile to complete the loop. otherwise this would be a 5 star trail no doubt! will definitely be back!

some parts shaded, some not. there was a nice little breeze today that helped with the heat. I honestly thought the Red Rock area would be larger, but perhaps that is because I did not go beyond the "do not climb rocks" area... regardless, it was a nice hike that provided a good little workout. Parking is $3 for the day until sunset. And there are (clean!) porta potties at the trailhead.

Great for the family (5 and 8 year old)

Great place to ride or hike. Usually. Almost done today and almost hit an oncoming police suv!!! ON THE SINGLETRACK! Another right behind. wtf really? Bizarre sorry i did not photograph.

Hike to Four Corners via Serrano Creek Trail and Dreaded Hill, then down Whiting Road, a little variation on this loop. Many MTBers, most have bells and all hikers and riders share the trail well. Trails are well-signed. Steep climb up Dreaded Hill but good footing and fine views. Saw two mule deer, many birds and lizards, one rabbit. Sunscreen and water are a must. The hike took about two hours.

Hot, and 2/3 uphill. Good training spot for heat tolerance. Very little shade, dry vegetation.

Easy Trail... lots of shade

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Saw rattlesnake on the way in HUGE!!!

Beautiful trail. Lots of shade until the accent to the Red Rocks. Very easy and enjoyable hike. There is not much parking at the trailhead.

Such a fun trail. Good distance not too long and not too short. Lots of shade too which is a bonus.

Great, easy trail, awesome to see the red rocks and read the new signs about the history.

On Borrego Trail The views were beautiful and there was a few butt kicker hills which was a good workout...Billy Goat Trail was scary...declines were steep and rocky, some sliding from under you, part had a very skinny path with plants you have to touch to walk through. We were very anxious at one point because the path was thin, curved and you couldnt see around at what was coming- we had 2 snakes cross the path, but had those been rattlers, we wouldnt have been able to pass. So, it was a bit stressful for a bit- not moderately trafficked at all! . After we reached the main trail, it was faster, but definitely a trek. Due to rocky terrain, we probably wont do that part again, however the area has a lot of others to attempt!

No snakes and only a few bikers today.

It’s pretty awesome once you get to the red rocks!

The first part is great. Witing road is steep but not unbearable. The trail is also well maintained wide and offers an uncountable amount of amazing vistas. There are Mountain lions so bring bear spray. I would really recommend this first part on whiting road. But the billy goat should only be for billy goats! The trail is nice and shaded at first but then 400 foot drop offs are on both sides of the ridiculously THIN trail. For most of the trail.

The first part is great. Witing road is steep but not unbearable. The trail is also well maintained wide and offers an uncountable amount of amazing vistas. There are Mountain lions so bring bear spray. I would really recommend this first part on whiting road. But the billy goat should only be for billy goats! The trail is nice and shaded at first but then 400 foot drop offs are on both sides of the ridiculously THIN trail. For most of the trail.

The first trail is kind of dull but the red-rock is utterly fantastical spectacular

This was a very fun hike for my GF and I. This hike seemed to change as you progressed and made you feel like you were in a different world as it did. The scenery was beautiful and the hike was fairly easy. We came on a hot day and there were a couple rattlesnake sightings from other hikers on our way to red rock. As we almost reached the red rock we did come to a point where there was a small puddle you had to cross to continue further and that puddle had a swarm of bees that seemed to be drinking the water and just buzzing around the area. Only way to continue was to literally walk through them so my GF and I decided to take the risk and made it through successfully (which was a huge feat as she is terrified of bees). On our way back out we had to cross that puddle again and that was not fun. I did get stung once but shockingly it wasn’t from crossing that puddle. All that being said the hike didn’t disappoint and I was glad we made the trip.

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bugs
no shade
2 months ago

Great place to hike during the weekdays. Knocked out the Billy Goat trail and The Red Rock Canyon trail, highly recommend! Start early to avoid the heat because there is little cloud cover.

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