Explore the most popular Forest 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.

Can get hot

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20 days ago

this trail took me into a neighborhood and i got lost. said it was two miles but i stopped at 4.5 and asked my boyfriend to pick me up! The hills were so insane i really thought i’d pass out

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
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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!

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.

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no shade
2 months ago

Saw rattlesnake on the way in HUGE!!!

No snakes and only a few bikers today.

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bugs
no shade
3 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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no shade
rocky
3 months ago

good trail. elevation change makes it difficult in places. Beautiful down in sleepy hollow. if you stand still you can hear nothing but the birds and the bees. tons of wildflowers.

Great! Varied terrain; great conditions and fun trail run. Good end of end day/post work run that will guarantee you sweat.

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bugs
4 months ago

It was a little challenging but overall perfect hike! Would do it again! It was so beautiful and a great accomplishment☺️

I enjoyed this trail. The Billy Goat section is a winding trail that takes you through wildflowers and over more rugged terrain that makes you feel “off the beaten path”. The rest is a wider trail that gets a little close to the road at times. Sure, there is no shade but if you find a nice day, you’ll enjoy yourself out here.

Hard, narrow, full sun, but up to the top very fast!

HARD, saw a snake, yikes! But a short hard hike.

Easy, near home, but crowded on weekends.

The last part of this trail was on the road

This is the time to go, the little yellow wildflowers grow so tall you are walking in a corn maze of flowers! That being said, get there early. By 11am there were rattlesnakes out on the trail, sunning themselves. We were almost done at that point but we saw two rattlers along the home stretch not five minutes apart. Full grown, and one had completely stretched across the trail, the other was on the side and multiple people had walked by it unnoticed...

3 rattlesnake sightings on the trail today.

yellow flowers everywhere. lots of bikers too

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bugs
off trail
rocky
5 months ago

This trail is beautiful and a good hike for trail enthusiasts, the scenery is awesome and the trails are moderate and pretty peaceful, and also nice to see quite of few animals as well !

Very beautiful hike. Dreaded hill is pretty steep and without shade, but it goes through a forest of mustard on the hillside and the views are definitely worth the work.

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