Borrego Canyon Trail to Red Rock Canyon

EASY 714 reviews

Borrego Canyon Trail to Red Rock Canyon 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.

Distance: 4.1 miles Elevation Gain: 452 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

During the winter this park may close due to weather conditions. Please check with the park before visiting: http://www.ocparks.com/parks/whiting

hiking
5 days ago

Nice nature walk. Well kept trail. Very easy. Saw rabbits, squirrels, Scrub Jays, raptors and bees. Beautiful tree and rock formations and a wide variety of plant life. Not much water running in the creek beds but the frogs were awake on my way out! Shady most of the walk in, then exposed and sunny about the last third of the way up. Peaceful if you go early. Mountain bikers, stroller moms, walkers and fellow hikers started rolling in about 9:30.

9 days ago

beautiful trail with scenic red rocks to climb on!

hiking
10 days ago

Very easy, almost flat, walked in the woods with shade, seemed the temperature was a bit low than outside.

16 days ago

Heard a mountain lion on the trail today on two different trail sections in the park. Don't let your kids run in front of you. Juvenile lions are hungry and won't discriminate. Many people climbing on the sandstone cliffs and over the rope that says the trail ends. Then I saw a park ranger going back there to give out citations to those people. Don't be the inconsiderate jerk that needs a park ranger to tell you to stop. This won't be a beautiful place anymore if everyone destroys it. There is more wildlife back here than most people have respect for in this overly sanitized suburban purgatory.

hiking
16 days ago

Loved this trail. Parked away from the trailhead across the street. Security was patrolling the parking lot adjacent to the trail parking lot (which was full). Got there at 9:30am on a Saturday. Lots of hikers and cyclist (one way only - up the hill) but thinned out after about a mile in. Trail is well marked and well worn even at the upper reaches. Saw people completing the hike with kids and sandals. Was born and raised in South Laguna had no idea this little gem was here.

Great hike on a perfect day.

hiking
28 days ago

On January 20, 2020, a child was attacked by a mountain lion on this trail. Many detail available by searching news sites. Whiting Ranch is the most dangerous park in California for lion attacks.

hiking
1 month ago

Parking is a small paved lot in the whiting ranch wilderness park. Adventure pass is needed. Many trails begin here, and join many other options. You can make this trail long and challenging or short and peaceful. From borrego canyon to red rock is one of my favorites in the area. It is very peaceful and shaded in many areas. A lot of families with kids, elderly, mountain bikers and friendly hikers enjoy these trails. The red rock area has been cleaned up, trail moved near end of trail to protect the rock area from climbers etc. I first hiked this trail over 3 years ago when I first moved to this area, it has only gotten better. At trails end, there have been barriers installed to keep climbers off of fragile red rock, but you can still get pretty close for pics. and picnics. Great hike, done it about a dozen times, have seen deer all those times except one. Damn pretty hike in shaded canyon with lovely tree canopy along the route. Great area.

nice trail, easy to do with kids and a beautiful view the whole time! loved it and will be back to try the other trails.

Great family hike with some bouldering opportunities

An easy out and back hike in the heart of OC. This is a nice but heavily trafficked trail that takes you away from the hectic hustle and bustle of OC to a beautiful land full of lush greenery and red sandstone.

It's ok. Looks like part of the original trail is closed off now and you don't get the full canyon view

Very nice and relaxing hike not strenuous and a visual treat at the end at the Red rocks, cool history boards along the way, be back with the kids see how it goes....enjoy your hike!!

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

Great place to go to with kids, family and friends. Do be on a lookout with mountain bikers, majority will give a heads up but others are just in a rush to move forward with their bike ride. Walked by a lot of friendly hikers on the trail. Took a slight detour but managed to get back towards the easy route to Red Rock Canyon. Gorgeous sight to see in person and worthwhile for the kids to enjoy the hike too.

Excellent hike with great variety if scenery. Take the red rock trail about 1 .8 miles into the left to get to red rock canyon, beautiful red rock the reminds me of Colorado. Crazy that the trail head is literally across the street from McDonald’s!

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome! wish I had more time to go in and would have liked to see rattlesnakes. we saw deer.

Used to be a pretty cool trail. It’s easy, but FILLED with bikes. They roped off the coolest view of the rocks now too.

Beautiful little hike! I took 5 kids, ages 1-8) on this and carried the 1 year old the whole time. All kids loved it and besides the 1 year old, only the 3 year old asked to be carried for the last half mile. This trail is perfect for a hike, trail run, or x-country mountain biking. Beautiful green growth from mature oak trees, ivy, and all sorts of other flora and fauna. There are multiple areas where you are completely enclosed by greenery. Weather happened to be perfect when we went too. We saw a big coyote that had no fear of us so be careful if you bring little kids or small dogs. Saw a good amount of poison oak/ivy, but it shouldn't be any problem since the trail is well cleared.

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

Red Rock canyon is awesome. There's a little bit of shade on the trail. Be careful though, there were swarms of bees out. I just ran past them quickly and didn't get stung. Also saw a coyote and rattlesnake!

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bugs
off trail
rocky
5 months ago

hiking
bugs
6 months ago

Great trail for biking, walking. There is enough shady spots. The only thing I didn’t love was the view of the homes up on the cliffs. This trail connects to a vista point (1500 ft) a little tough to get to but worth it!

hiking
6 months ago

A nice beginner hike or trail run. Lots of shade for most of the trail, shared with mountain bikers. Red Rock Canyon trail is for hikers only. The Canyon isn’t very big but it’s pretty cool that it exists in the middle of a populated area. The trailhead is literally attached to a massive shopping center. It’s kinda crazy to walk back out and see such civilization immediately after being what feels like a world away.

Easy hike and amazing one along with family

hiking
no shade
6 months ago

some parts shaded, some not. there was a nice little breeze today that helped with the heat. I honestly thought the Red Rock area would be larger, but perhaps that is because I did not go beyond the "do not climb rocks" area... regardless, it was a nice hike that provided a good little workout. Parking is $3 for the day until sunset. And there are (clean!) porta potties at the trailhead.

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