Borrego Canyon to Red Rock Canyon

EASY 292 reviews

Borrego Canyon to Red Rock Canyon is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Trabuco Canyon, 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

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

no dogs

Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, (949) 589-4729

hiking
3 days ago

Awesome hike! Went with my 10 yo son and we really enjoyed it. The highlights were seeing a rabbit foot and guts hanging from a tree (and imagining how it got there—probably a hawk, but maybe a mountain lion), a woodpecker pecking on a tree, and of course, the red rock canyon which looked like a scene from Star Wars where Sand People would come out of.

hiking
10 days ago

TIME
We (two 40 year old adults) were back to Red Rock Canyon and out in 2 hours and 15 minutes.

PARKING
There's a public parking lot at the trail head. Parking costs a couple bucks but an earlier visitor left their no longer being used parking pass on the machine so we parked for free. Not that many spots so lot could fill up easily. Start to the trail is right next to the parking lot. There is a display map and free map flyers at the start.

CELL/MOBILE SERVICE
I had Verizon service the whole time. Was able to check in and record my path.

GEAR
Shoes that can traverse: dirt, rocks, sand stone hills, and beach like sand.

LOOK OUT FOR
Quick moving bikes. Collisions seem easy between walkers and riders.

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
Path was well established and easy to walk along Borrego Canyon. Red Rock Canyon was more demanding as there was many rock in the path. Disability friendly-ish along Borrego, not Red Rock.

TRAIL FEATURES
Try for late day lighting - better red rock pictures!

10 days ago

Lots of wildlife and wildflowers. I saw Woodpeckers, deers, ducks, and gophers. $3 parking.

hiking
17 days ago

great trail. Red Rock canyon is well worth the hike to see

mountain biking
18 days ago

One way bike trail, limited paid parking ($3). Trail is very narrow, steep, rocky and sandy at times.

hiking
19 days ago

Great hike.. incredible views at the end of the trail.
Moderate-intense elevation gain, a little rocky but overall the hike takes 3hrs round with kids, 4.4 miles.

1 month ago

Great trails for kids lots of bikers but at least they were friendly.

hiking
1 month ago

Parking- we chose to use the lot near the Ralphs on Portola & Market. The cost is $3 and the machine takes dollar bills and cards.

Trail- we did the Borrego Trail which was great...green with shade and a little bit of water; Cattle Loop( I think) was too short to really say much about; Red Rock Trail which is a must-see with the reddish sandstone cliffs; Mustard Trail which was kinda boring; there are many other trails and there were hikers, runners, and bikers...no dogs allowed

Its a beautiful trail. We went with our 4 yr old and he enjoyed most of it. Quite shaded. The canyon itself is gorgeous. Would love to frequent it.

hiking
1 month ago

Super easy, very beautiful trail, follows a dry riverbed. Lots of birds and pretty plants. Rock formations are awesome and varied, make sure you climb some of them, if you'll manage to climb up to the top you get to enjoy even better views. Pretty scenic and super easy flat trail.

Borrego Canyon trail is a biking trail, but Red Rock Canyon is hiking only.

1 month ago

I went hiking on Monday early morning. It actually was a bit crowded with bicycle riders.

2 months ago

Fun hike, really busy. Watch out for the mountain bikers, most don’t have bells. The red rocks were incredible! A must do.

hiking
2 months ago

Very crowded, they shouldn’t allow mountain bikers at peak dates and hours because of the big crowds. Easy trail, good for kids, nice views and climbing at the canyon.

hiking
3 months ago

Great little hike , great for pictures ! Very popular spot.

hiking
3 months ago

Ran this trail to the Red Canyon; very nice trail for beginners. Hot during the summers and not a lot of shade once you work your way towards the canyon. Bring lots of water

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail after you get past the initial intro hike to the actual “Red Rock Trail”. The hike is fairly easy, about 4.5 miles from the entrance, all the way through and back from the end trail point at Red Rock. The initial trek from entrance to the Red Rock Trail can be a little overwhelming with the amount of bicyclists riding back and forth. Nevertheless, we enjoyed the trail and there was plenty of wildlife to observe throughout the hike. The hike gets 4/5 stars solely based on the amount of bicyclists and the fact that dogs are NOT allowed. We would definitely frequent this trail if we are short on time and want to get a good hike on over the weekend.

hiking
3 months ago

Borrego is your starting point for many of the connecting trails. The trailhead for Red Rock can be a bit hard to find off Mustard, and is easily confused with Cattle Pond. Red Rock is a .5 mi single trail that is fairly easy and very much worth the hike.

3 months ago

Finally made it to the red rocks, easy trail. Hubby and I had a great time making this hike.

hiking
3 months ago

I like to see why people rate trails the way they do because it gives me an insight to what the trail is like.

The trail is approximately 4.4 miles out and back, and is an easy trail. If you go on a busier day watch out for bicyclists.

The trail starts off on a dirt path among a residential area. Then the dirt path becomes a path of sand in some areas. About a mile in you can’t see houses anymore. Make sure to grab a map at the trail head as there are other trails that connect to this one. If you don’t grab a map that’s ok because halfway up the trail there is another map posted and there are markers along the way to help you stay on the right path.

We really enjoyed the hike because it was easy to hike with a one year old. The trail is nice, different and interesting because of the change from dirt to sand to red rock. It’s also clean. The only thing I didn’t like very much is having to share it with cyclists. Also, note that dogs are not allowed on this trail and that there is a $3 fee at the parking lot.

hiking
4 months ago

Entrance is gated off from where this map takes you, but up the hill about a minute there is a small white cement wall with a trail leading to dreaded hill peak. Beautiful to watch sunset! About a mile hike up, which was pretty easy. Beware of bikers and rattle snakes!

5 months ago

Gorgeous

5 months ago

One of my favorite trails in Orange County! Much of it is shaded by Coast Live Oak, Willow and Sycamore trees. The Red Rock Canyon is awesome.

hiking
7 months ago

This was a very fun trail. I love to climb so if you do to this was fun. I used Solomon trail running shoes my girlfriend went in regular old Nikes and we both did just fine. Easy to follow trail, lots of shade and mountain bikers. No shade at the top of course but gorgeous red rock. Felt like being in Arizona again.

hiking
8 months ago

Great canyon views. Its an easy hike overall and if you go towards the canyons its a beautiful view looking back. did this hike back in spring

8 months ago

Great trail!

hiking
8 months ago

Extremely beautiful. The hike from the parking lot till the point you turn into the Red Rock trial is shady with lots of trees. Once you reach the Red Rock trail there's is few trees for the next mile or so. Definitely worth it.

8 months ago

Heavily populated point to point trail. Watch out for poison oak.

hiking
8 months ago

July 2017
Defiently warmer weather around this time. Second time here, total 7.10 miles. From the lot, took it up straight, hung a left up another trail to reach the dead end with a nice bench, gives you a lovely view of red rock and the city. Back down hang a left and walk the creek which is all rock. Take it all the way and you'll hit your destination. Be warned, there are many MANY snakes!

hiking
9 months ago

The trail gets blurry at times, but awesome when you make it to the red rocks!

9 months ago

Magnificent views! This is a "must-do" trail!

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