Borrego Canyon to Vista Look Out Trail

MODERATE 174 reviews

Borrego Canyon to Vista Look Out Trail is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Foothill Ranch, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 4.6 miles Elevation Gain: 764 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

no dogs

During the winter this park may close due to rain events.

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no shade
1 month ago

Great little hike! Really easy for the first 1.75 miles or so until you split to the left. At that point, it is no shade and almost straight up. That is really the only difficult part, but the views were gorgeous! There is shade at the top too!

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bugs
muddy
rocky
4 months ago

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4 months ago

Definitely snake season! We began our hike before 9 AM, and saw five snakes on our hike – three king snakes, two rattlesnakes. Lots of overgrowth on the trail, so keep your eyes open!

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bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

Beautiful trail with amazing scenery and a steep hike up but we worth it for hikers who like a challenge!

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bugs
rocky
5 months ago

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5 months ago

4/6/2019 Paid $3 parking lot was full, parked across the street by Outback. Beautiful trail, part of the way with a nice canopy of trees. Flowers of every color were abundant. Two spots of the trail were extremely muddy with no easy way around. Only bad part is the last mile or so is in the sidewalk along Portola Pkwy.

10 months ago

Nice hike! Completed in about 2.5 hours. There are some serious inclines but all hikers for sure should go! Very pretty

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Very pretty on a clear day! The last part is the toughest. $3 to park and they had security on a Sunday checking the parking lot. I added Red Rock-only a mile more total to the hike and very worth it.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Great hike!! Challenging great views..

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Vista Lookout Road - a decent trail with a good incline, the views are good, it is relatively short even if you are out of shape you won't get to the point of hating your life. There is a picnic table up at the top. No shade throughout the stretch, so be wary.

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Much steeper than anticipated from Mustard Road to the top of Vista Outlook. Definitely a solid workout. There's a single picnic table at the top with a lot of great views. Too steep of a hike for my younger kiddos but worth it as a solo trip and workout.

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Sunday, January 07, 2018

Went on a Saturday and the trail was packed with hikers and bikers. You park near a shopping center where there are designated spots for the wilderness park ($3 To park in a spot). The first part of the hike was easy just make sure you watch out for the bikers and keep to a side. Once you are on the way up to the Vista outlook point the trail becomes very steep. It’s a great workout. Many other trails at this park that you can take.

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Borrego is a fun and easy single trail. Mustard to Vista, on the other hand, is a steep and moderate fire road which has zero shade. Best hiked in the cooler time of day. A good workout.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Beautiful ...

Monday, May 08, 2017

Fairly easy to walk on the first part. Once you get to Mustard it's all uphill. A bit steep, but the entire walk is beautiful in the spring time while you're being guided up in between Mustard flowers paralleling the trail. The top view was pretty, but it's a little anticlimactic for me. I started around 9:30am and there were way too many people there.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

We took our 2 toddlers in the jogging stroller. While the second half was definitely harder, it was still doable with a great payoff of nice views. If taking a stroller I suggest going early to avoid crowds, going back when it was more crowded proved difficult managing the double stroller with crowds.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Great short hike. The first leg is family friendly, but after the turn onto Mustard Rd, the hike gets a little more difficult. The payoff is decent as you are able to see the snow on the mountains off in the distance, but only barely. Next time I will try for a trail closer to the snow.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Easy hike in, but a steep uphill climb once you turn onto Mustard Road. The hike flattens out when you get to the Vista Lookout turn. Enjoyable, with a great view (and breeze) when you get to the top.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Beautiful trail. Later part has almost continously hike but with beautiful views. Enjoyed it.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

This was an easy 5.5 mile hike, and a nice break from school/work, but not my favorite. I enjoy having trails like these that are close to home; it gives you every reason to find a friend (or go by yourself) and hike last-minute. I really began to enjoy myself after we reached Mustard Trail(?) and took a left toward the lookout because it felt more isolated; the first part of the trail was pretty crowded for a Monday afternoon, but it was nice seeing parents walking with their kids. The difficulty after the crossroad/guide map increased quite a bit, but I enjoyed working for the view. Can't wait to check out the rest of the Limestone- Whiting area!

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

It was fun! Amazing views of South Orange County!

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