Best walking trails in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, California

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Explore the most popular walking 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.
Map of walking trails in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, California
Park information
Acreage:
2,500 acres
Park hours
Monday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Sunday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Top trails (10)
#1 - Whiting Ranch Trail [CLOSED]
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 54 m
Note: Note: this park is currently closed due to wildfire. For updates, please visit https://www.ocparks.com/parks/whiting/ Trails in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park will be subjected to closures due to mountain lions. Check here for more information: http://www.ocparks.com/parks/whiting/ Trailhead Parking area requires $3 fee.Show more
#2 - Borrego Canyon to Vista Look Out Trail [CLOSED]
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 22 m
Note: Note: this park is currently closed due to wildfire. For updates, please visit https://www.ocparks.com/parks/whiting/ Trails in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park will be subjected to closures due to mountain lions. Check here for more information: http://www.ocparks.com/parks/whiting/Show more
#3 - Borrego Canyon Trail to Billy Goat Loop [CLOSED]
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 35 m
Note: Note: this park is currently closed due to wildfire. For updates, please visit https://www.ocparks.com/parks/whiting/ Trails in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park will be subjected to closures due to mountain lions. Check here for more information: http://www.ocparks.com/parks/whiting/Show more
#4 - Dreaded Hill and Whiting Road Loop [CLOSED]
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 34 m
Note: Note: this park is currently closed due to wildfire. For updates, please visit https://www.ocparks.com/parks/whiting/ Trails in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park will be subjected to closures due to mountain lions. Check here for more information: http://www.ocparks.com/parks/whiting/ During the winter this park may close due to rain. Show more
#5 - Serrano Road to Dreaded Hill Road [CLOSED]
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 22 m
Note: this park is currently closed due to wildfire. For updates, please visit https://www.ocparks.com/parks/whiting/ Trails in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park will be subjected to closures due to mountain lions. Check here for more information: http://www.ocparks.com/parks/whiting/ During the winter this park may close due to rain. Show more
#6 - Whiting, Dreaded Hill, and Line Shack Road Loop [CLOSED]
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 12 m
Note: Note: this park is currently closed due to wildfire. For updates, please visit https://www.ocparks.com/parks/whiting/ Trails in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park will be subjected to closures due to mountain lions. Check here for more information: http://www.ocparks.com/parks/whiting/ During the winter this park may close due to rain. Show more
#7 - Whiting Road and Cactus Hill Trail Loop [CLOSED]
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 36 m
Note: this park is currently closed due to wildfire. For updates, please visit https://www.ocparks.com/parks/whiting/ Trails in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park will be subjected to closures due to mountain lions. Check here for more information: http://www.ocparks.com/parks/whiting/ During the winter this park may close due to rain. Whiting Ranch affords the casual hiker ample opportunities for experiencing the many moods of the chaparral. Keep an eye out for mountain bikers and mountain lions. The Cactus Trail segment of this loop marks the location where a biker was killed by a lion in January 2004. During the winter months, you will find signs along these trails, particularly near the Upper Pond. A more common hazard are heedless bikers who zip down this trail at speeds well exceeding the posted 5 mph. They have cut a deep groove down the center of the path and in many places it is extremely slippery even in dry weather. You will be glad to reach Sleepy Hollow, a hiker's-only-area which leads off to the right. Live oak trees shade and clutter the path with their leaves. Show more
#8 - Whiting Road to Billy Goat Loop and Borrego Canyon Lookout [CLOSED]
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
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Length: 6.9 mi • Est. 3 h 57 m
Note: this park is currently closed due to wildfire. For updates, please visit https://www.ocparks.com/parks/whiting/Show more
#9 - Edison Trail to Whiting Ranch [CLOSED]
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 51 m
Note: this park is currently closed due to wildfire. For updates, please visit https://www.ocparks.com/parks/whiting/ Trails in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park will be subjected to closures due to mountain lions. Check here for more information: http://www.ocparks.com/parks/whiting/Show more
#10 - Whiting to Luge Loop Trail [CLOSED]
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
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Length: 12.4 mi • Est. 6 h 30 m
Note: Note: this park is currently closed due to wildfire. For updates, please visit https://www.ocparks.com/parks/whiting/ Trails in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park will be subjected to closures due to mountain lions. Check here for more information: http://www.ocparks.com/parks/whiting/ This hike starts in the parking area off of Glenn Ranch Road in Portola Hills. The route includes Dreaded Hill Road for a warmup. Proceed along Water Tank Trail to Four Corners, then to Cactus Hill Trail. Turn left onto Santiago Ranch Road to the Santiago Equestrian Center (I walked through the stables to visit the horses - optional). Proceed toward Santiago Canyon Road, take the roadway to Modjeska Grade Road. Proceed to the trail head of Santiago Truck Trail, follow that trail to the trail head of The Luge. Proceed along The Luge trail (aka Vulture Crags Trail - be aware of fast moving mountain bikers) to Live Oak Canyon Road. Walk down the road to Cook's Corner then proceed to the Aliso Creek Bikeway. Proceed to Glenn Ranch Road, take that road back to the parking area where the hike began.Show more