Best trails in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, California

3,279 Reviews
Looking for a great trail in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, California? AllTrails has 15 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 11 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!
Description

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.

Show more
Map of 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 (15)
#1 - Borrego Canyon Trail to Red Rock Canyon [CLOSED]
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(1054)
Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
Note: this park is currently closed due to wildfire. For updates, please visit https://www.ocparks.com/parks/whiting/ Parking Fee: $3. During the winter this park may close due to weather conditions. It may also close due to mountain lion activity. Please check with the park before visiting: http://www.ocparks.com/parks/whitingShow more
#2 - Whiting Ranch Trail [CLOSED]
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(521)
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
#3 - Borrego Canyon to Vista Look Out Trail [CLOSED]
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(346)
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
#4 - Borrego Canyon Trail to Billy Goat Loop [CLOSED]
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(287)
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
#5 - Dreaded Hill and Whiting Road Loop [CLOSED]
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(197)
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
#6 - Serrano Road to Dreaded Hill Road [CLOSED]
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(162)
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
#7 - Whiting Road to Billy Goat Loop Trail [CLOSED]
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(112)
Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 25 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. This is a rougher route to Red Rock Canyon than the Borrego Trail. You'll go up some steep sections and then down the steep Billy Goat Trail which is choked in chapparral and treacherous in spots where the knifeblade sandstone ridges have eroded. The Billy Goat Trail itself is closed to bikers. Watch for loose rock on the ridge leading into the elfin forest. Be on watch for mountain lions, particularly in the elfin forest and areas of thick brush. Like all Whiting Ranch hikes, it is best avoided during the summer months when temperatures can reach the low hundreds. There is little shade along this route except at the very bottom of Mustard Road. Wear a hat in all seasons.Show more
#8 - Dreaded Hill Loop Trail [CLOSED]
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(157)
Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 40 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. Dreaded Hill rises to the south of Four Corners where you can find water and information about the area. This is the gentler of the two approaches. The Dreaded Hill Trail begins an eighth of a mile west of Four Corners and rises 300 feet in about the same distance. On good days, you may see as far out into the Pacific as Catalina Island. The Santa Ana mountains rise to the northeast: you may lay claim to an excellent view of these as well as of Portola Hills and the Little Grand Canyon. Look for the redrock face to the northwest. Regardless of which approach they take, hikers should walk the Dreaded Hill loop in a counter-clockwise direction. The Serrano Cow Trail connects the Dreaded Hill Trail with the Whiting and Line Shack trails in the south. A fine grove of sycamores and coast live oaks shades your passage here. Watch for mule deer. Leave small children at home: mountain lions have been sighted in these parts.Show more
#9 - Whiting, Dreaded Hill, and Line Shack Road Loop [CLOSED]
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(62)
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
#10 - Whiting Road and Cactus Hill Trail Loop [CLOSED]
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(83)
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
Showing results 1 - 10 of 15