Borrego Canyon Trail to Billy Goat Loop [CLOSED]

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Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park

Borrego Canyon Trail to Billy Goat Loop [CLOSED] is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Lake Forest, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length5.2 miElevation gain734 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingrunningViewsWildflowersClosedNo dogs
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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/

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Sean Inmo Khang
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Amanda McDonald
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For the most part it’s gravel. Some sandy portions and some rocks. Parking lot at whiting ranch is small ($3) so unless you are there early (before 8am), best bet is to just park across the street in the shopping center. Portions are shaded nicely but definitely bring water. Restrooms available at the whiting ranch trail head with maps available too. Billy Goat Trail is very narrow and uphill but short! Nice little elevation gain. Fun hike. 5miles round trip and under 2 hours!

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Tay Chung
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Christi McHale
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Sylvia Yen
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Kina Medicine
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Elka Svan
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Brian Huh
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Hyelee Huh
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Cee Cee Gaffney
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Leona Zhu
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Shane Hailey
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Overall a pretty good trail. Parking is easy and seems to be always open. Their is also some parking in a nearby parking lot if you don’t want to pay for parking. Bathrooms are at the trailhead. This isn’t a clear cut loop trail and requires a lot of “trail checking” to ensure you are on the right path. Beautiful views and well maintained trails though.

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Hidalgo Iris
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The loop is close so we came right back the same way we go up. There is 3 dollars parking and in only takes ones and debit or credit cards. Be prepare with water at least a bottle you can refill when you get to the top. Lost of shades so its a nice hike.

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Keri R
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6/30/20 Was on this trail yesterday..it’s not closed, wide open. However, some spots have eroded..need to be very careful. Could be seriously injured as this as the Billy Goat Trail is on a high ridge. Rangers need to get in there & clear the brushes out a bit too. It is an extremely narrow trail, but no mountain bikes allowed on this section of trail thank goodness. Lol *Also, there was another mountain lion sighting on 6/28. It is a young teenager that still has some spots (there’s two of them around, the mother was relocated beg of June). We’ve had several big male lions in the area..so be on the lookout. NOT a good idea to bring small children into the park. Just because you can..doesn’t mean you should. But If you must..keep your eyes on them at all times & have them walk in front of you. This past Feb a 5yr old was grabbed by the back of the neck & dragged off by a lion. Child was walking behind his parents. The Father threw a backpack at the lion who released the boy & went up a tree until the rangers came & had no choice but to kill it. We are in their territory..so we need to be respectful of them at all times! They are on the decline. Please Educate yourself about these awesome & beautiful lions before heading into the park. Could save your life & theirs.

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Grace Gonzalez
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This trail was blocked off and closed by park rangers.

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Kyle Fishel
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Fun trail until you get to billy goat trail. Make sure you wear long pants if you choose to continue through billy goat as the trail is tight and there is lots of brush. Also, not great for anyone afraid of heights as it runs along the mountain Ridge.

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Julie Gifford
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So pretty! Enjoyable to run on the straight and hike to the top. Trails open!

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Meggin Brie Thompson
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Nice little popular trail in the canyon. Easy parking in the nearby grocery store area. The trail is near a creek so there are lots of little river crossings. Mostly shaded. Not dog friendly. Mountain lion warning signs.

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Jessica Meiners
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yookyung Jin
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perfect forest middle in the city parking closed easy. breeze. shade. bikes

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Deb Christensen
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04APR20 Sat: got there around 8am today, there were more bikers than hikers. Easy hike up to Red Rock then went up Mustard (moderate) and down Billy Goat (rocky). Clocked in close to 7 miles, pleasant weather, not too crowded, definitely enough room to practice physical distancing.

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David Oliveira
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Christian gutierrez
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Jessica Watson
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Angie Lira
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Awesome hike! Tons of shade..

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Tara Carnes
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On Borrego Trail The views were beautiful and there was a few butt kicker hills which was a good workout...Billy Goat Trail was scary...declines were steep and rocky, some sliding from under you, part had a very skinny path with plants you have to touch to walk through. We were very anxious at one point because the path was thin, curved and you couldnt see around at what was coming- we had 2 snakes cross the path, but had those been rattlers, we wouldnt have been able to pass. So, it was a bit stressful for a bit- not moderately trafficked at all! . After we reached the main trail, it was faster, but definitely a trek. Due to rocky terrain, we probably wont do that part again, however the area has a lot of others to attempt!

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Abdu Abdelrahman
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Nelson Yee
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While out visiting family in the area for Thanksgiving, I was informed of this series of hiking trails. This one was labeled as moderate and was around the distance I wanted to go. The trail is fairly well maintained, with the beginning of Borrego Canyon Trail mostly hard pack with a layer of sand. You may find that you share the trail with mountain bikes. As I neared the top hiking along Mustard Road, it became muddy and slick. It had rained the night before. The mud was clay-like and built up on the treads of my shoes. Bikes were having a tough go with the amount of mud build up on the tires. As I reached the top where this trail loops around, I decided to detour and take Water Tank Road and Dreaded Hill Road up to the top of Dreaded Hill. Then I came down the same two roads previously mentioned and took Billy Goat Trail back down to Borrego Canyon Trail. As you get near the top, you lose tree cover. The trails are well marked and maintained. I found it odd that dogs are not allowed on the trail. This is an enjoyable hike!

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