Explore the most popular birding trails in Whiting Ranch 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.

It was very nice trail. I was impressed with the red rock itself. I had a very nice day.

Great trail for mountain biking. The climb is nothing too bad and once you hit the decent, you'll thank yourself for deciding to put in the effort at the climb. Very good. Definitely recommend for everyone.

Be prepared to see wildlife!

Great place to run. Lots of challenging trails Trails are well marked.

17 days ago

They don’t call it dreaded hill for nothing.

It’s a nice stroll. Quite a few other people on the trail early in the mornings. No shade coverage after the first half mile. Would prefer somewhere more secluded and away from the immediate city. Took about 2-2.5 hours.

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.

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

1 month ago

Nice easy hike. Trails poorly marked.

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2 months ago

This hike humbled me! Training for half dome so wanted to do a difficult hike And that I did. Haven’t been hiking much lately but do a lot of walking every day and this hike let me know just how out of shape I am and what I need to do to make my experience much much better. I will not do this hike again until I’m in better shape. Overall not a bad hike if they would just lose those steep inclines. Red Rock was cool and The views from Vista point are pretty amazing. Saw some wildlife, deer rabbits and all kinds of birds. This trail is doable even if you’re a little out of shape but you just might not enjoy it as much as if you were in better shape.

fun times and nice trail.

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2 months ago

Fun, short hike! Only took about an hour. Can definitely add other trails to it to get more hiking in

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3 months ago

Very pretty on a clear day! The last part is the toughest. $3 to park and they had security on a Sunday checking the parking lot.
I added Red Rock-only a mile more total to the hike and very worth it.

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.

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

Thanks to my Dreaded Hill hike, I found out I was really out of shape!
A hard, steep, fast elevation gain of 700 feet in a mile. No Shade, pretty views on a clear day.
Back to the gym, before I return.

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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.

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.

Good training hike. Lots of wildlife - deer, rabbits, snakes, birds. Not too many people. Some shade on the rout to dreaded hill.

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4 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.

Great hike, did 8 miles including Dreaded Hill, 700 feet up in one mile! I love the trails in Whiting Ranch, have no problems hiking alone here. Love all the wildlife I always see, including a mommy and baby deer today

Nice partially shaded trail! It took less than 2 hours RT and we stopped at the canyon for about 15 minutes. Only disappointing thing is that Red Rock Canyon is the destination, not really part of the trail, so sadly you don't get to walk through the beautiful formations! Parking is $3 at the lot at Portola/Market next to Arco. Where Borrego Canyon Trail ends, make a right towards Mustard Road and you will soon see the markers for Red Rock Canyon trail.

Started at Concourse Park, pick up a map at the trail head, the maps are easy to follow and Whiting Ranch is well sign posted. I went up Dreaded Hill along to Four Corners and then down Whiting Ranch. Dreaded Hill is named that way for a reason! Still fun though if you stop for breathers and water occasionally, fabulous views along the way and there’s a nice bench to rest for a bit at the top! I did this on an 80* afternoon, not too bad, but would advise plenty of water, good trail shoes and maybe a snack if you haven’t eaten beforehand. My route was a little over 4 miles total (great for cardio), but there are plenty of other trails in the park if you want to extend your hike.

one of my very favorite go to trail,short,steep and get my heartrate going

Such a beautiful place, I added Red Rock Canyon to this hike since this was my first time here. It never crossed my mind about the name Billy Goat Trail, but sure made sense once I started it. This is a fun, but rough trail. The right shoes are a must, and the only trail I used my pole on. I'm fairly new to hiking and 53, so I just take my time. Really worth it though, gorgeous views.

awesome trail. love it

Great trail. Very scenic. Combined it with dreaded hill for a nice workout.

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