Dreaded Hill and Whiting Road Loop [CLOSED]

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Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park

Dreaded Hill and Whiting Road Loop [CLOSED] is a 4.9 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.

Length4.9 miElevation gain889 ftRoute typeLoop
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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/ During the winter this park may close due to rain.

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KiiKatt Daniel
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Hiking

Trail is awesome, "Dreadfull Hill" Trail is pretty intense and pretty much just a steep hill. Was a good hike overall though.

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Rene Buchanan
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yvonne kunz
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Ben Caulfield
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Murali Vasudevan
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HikingClosedGreat!

Dreaded Hill road is open for most part. The map on the park website shows closed trails here https://www.ocparks.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=118503 It doesn't show closure on Whiting road where it connects the Dreaded Hill road. We were forced to take dreaded hill road and came back due to the time constraint and it is very difficult return, total 85 floors climb and three mile hike starting at the Santiago Canyon Road and Whiting Spur road intersection entrance. Great sunset views can be seen in my pictures. Great exercise. Check the park website and talk to a ranger if you can on your hiking day.

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Zhe Yu
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Very good and intense hike with steep uphill.

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David Claeson
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Owen Rojek
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Michelle Price-Geck
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Hiking

very nice. lots of shade watch out for the bikers but not as hard as I was expecting. Thank you Sarah West-Brender for inviting me to go with you.

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Tom Hand
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Gerry Vasquez
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Hiking

We were only able to do the first flat mellow part of the trail do you the fact that they do t allow dogs, because of the mountain lions. Overall it’s a flat and mellow walk. Lot of mountain bikers.

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Vivian Nguyen
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Uphill

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Dylan Kasperowicz
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Mountain biking

Great trail. Starts off mellow through wooded area until you get to dreaded hill. There is a reason it’s called dreaded hill. Pretty steep incline all the way to the top. On the way down I fell off my bike and got a separated shoulder so bikers should watch their speed on the way down. Pretty bumpy and rough trail.

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Sean Berry
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Hiking

Not closed. Last mountain lion seen on 7/3. No issues today just very hot. Bring extra water

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Louann Love
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Sunshine Hiker
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Road biking

Beautiful. Green. Partly shaded. Beautiful beautiful oak trees.

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Stewart Morse
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Hannah Morse
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Hiking

Great work out

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Christian gutierrez
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Andrea Jovanovic
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Hiking

Nice trail with some beautiful viewpoints, especially at the bench at the top of Dreaded Hill. There are great views of the red rocks and surrounding area. Today was very clear and I could even see a distant snow-covered peak that I think may have been Mt. San Antonio. I did the loop counter clockwise so that I could go down Dreaded Hill instead of go up it. It’s very steep and even descending is difficult. There was a bit of shade near the beginning and on Serrano Cow, but otherwise it’s very open to the sun. I got back near the beginning and had some extra time left so added on a loop of Raptor, Coyote Brush, and Line Shack Road.

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Melissa Renee
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Hiking

very sunny second half. some shade. intense hills. good for a quick intense workout. done in 1 h 50 m. parking was odd in a parking lot of restaurants like wahoos.

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Pundari Prasad Dharmavaram
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Hiking

Has a steep climb for some time. Rest of the trail is easy

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Pedram Mizani
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Hiking

1st hike w my son Nicholas!!

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Lena La
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Hiking

Trail is CLOSED

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Akshay Ashok
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Carmeli Crisalli
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Hiking
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Walking up Dreaded Hill is challenging but when you reach the top you feel fantastic for the accomplishment

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Su Kelsay
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Candace Saik
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