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Borrego Canyon Trail to Red Rock Canyon [CLOSED]

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Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park

Borrego Canyon Trail to Red Rock Canyon [CLOSED] is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Foothill Ranch, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.1 mi Elevation gain 452 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Bird watching

Running

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Closed

No dogs

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Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park will remain closed until further notice due to mountain lion activity. During the winter this park may close due to weather conditions. Please check with the park before visiting: http://www.ocparks.com/parks/whiting

Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, (949) 589-4729

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Richie Miguel
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Hiking

Too many cyclists....and people

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Jon Barrett
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Hiking

Bring at least two water bottles per person

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Maribel Muro
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Sarah Powell
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Hiking

Tons of mountain bikers you have to jump out of the way for! Also I recommend going with a group. Mountain lion was spotted here less than a week ago and historically they loooove it here (overgrown forest and water sources). Just to be safe, you never know!

Eric Yost
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SEAN HONG
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Walking

Easy walk. Quite scenic.

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Ken C.
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The trail is open. There was a ranger at the trailhead warning people about recent mountain lion sightings. The latest was on 6/22/20. This after an attack earlier in the year (that animal was euthanized). This is a fairly popular trail. Somewhat crowded, but not completely overrun. Only one group of hikers who felt like they needed to bring their boombox for everyone else's enjoyment. How boring it would have been to just be surrounded by the sound of nature. I would say about 1/2 the hikers are wearing masks. The rest apparently could care less about you or vulnerable people. They are probably more dangerous than the mountain lions. The trail is fairly easy to keep some distance from people, but there are some tight spots. It's a nice hike overall. Pretty short and easy with the canyon at the end for motiviation. Lots of tree cover / shade most of the way up and a but of running water. Great for families / little kids.

Anthony Arduino
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Hiking

Great family hike! A little more than five miles to the rocks! Wide open for the most part! Not too much water, a lot of bikers.

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Jade Halcon
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Melissa M.
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Chie Kojima
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My favorite hiking trail in Orange County so far!

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Jesse Maldonado
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I would recommend getting there early before 8am. I got here at 7am and it was perfect for family & friends, also kid friendly. As we came back down a lot of traffic & mountain bikers.

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Sara Gale
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Hiking

Went 2 weekends ago. The trail ends at such an epic and surprising spot! (Please stay on the path to preserve it for future explorers! )

Michelle Slade
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Hiking

Very kid friendly. Parked in the shopping complex but we actually went shopping. Super busy!

Derek Church
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Nice easy hike. Went early afternoon and encountered a ton of people on the trail. Try coming early morning to beat the crowds.

Isela Lopez
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Hiking

Just visited today. Can confirm trail closure.

Joy Chen
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Hiking

Great trail. Just note there was a mountain lion spotting so they’re closing it down until June 6 or so.

Allen Gabat
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Mountain Lion sighting recently caused the red rock canyon trail to be closed. Still plenty of Mountain Lion sightings on neighboring trails, so be vigilant at this time of the review.

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Al Ang
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Evan Henry
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Very nice trail! We got there around 7 when it opened and we were the only people on the trail almost the whole time, but it started getting busy in the parking lot when we were leaving around 8:30. Super calm and fun trail!

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Marshall McElroy
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Hiking

Nice easy hike, view at the end is nice. Not much parking and lots of people

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Michelle Slade
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A little rocky at the end. Daughters (9,5&3) completed it. 5 and 3 year old did 98% walking including the rocky parts.

Scot W.
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Hiking

First 1.5 miles easy and relatively shady. Last part was a little rocky, light scramble. Definitely would not call the entire trail as easy. It is a nice trail for the entire family with a nice reward at the end.

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