Dreaded Hill Loop Trail

MODERATE 46 reviews

Dreaded Hill Loop Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked loop 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. Horses are also able to use this trail.

6.3 miles 1351 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

no dogs

Wooded canyon, chaparral, wildflowers, scenic vistas Dreaded Hill rises to the south of Four Corners where you can find water and information about the area. This is the gentler of the two approaches. The Dreaded Hill Trail begins an eighth of a mile west of Four Corners and rises 300 feet in about the same distance. On good days, you may see as far out into the Pacific as Catalina Island. The Santa Ana mountains rise to the northeast: you may lay claim to an excellent view of these as well as of Portola Hills and the Little Grand Canyon. Look for the redrock face to the northwest. Regardless of which approach they take, hikers should walk the Dreaded Hill loop in a counter-clockwise direction. The Serrano Cow Trail connects the Dreaded Hill Trail with the Whiting and Line Shack trails in the south. A fine grove of sycamores and coast live oaks shades your passage here. Watch for mule deer. Leave small children at home: mountain lions have been sighted in these parts.

hiking
17 days ago

Tough uphill climb. I usually do this for training or a cardio workout! Not much of a trail but it gets your work-out in!

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7 months ago

Fun. Good training hill for bigger and better things

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10 months ago

awesome. go when it is cool weather.

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1 year ago

Nice hill climbs... Not many people / bikes on a Monday

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1 year ago

It's called Dreaded Hill for a reason. It was a nice hike during a Sunday morning in January. Not many trees, but a lot of landscape, and some houses.
It had a pretty good view of OC *particularly Lake Forest Irvine Spectrum* once you make the dreaded climb from starting south going north.

Truly did dread the hike up.