Harding Truck Trail

HARD 34 reviews
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Harding Truck Trail is a 27.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Trabuco Canyon, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
27.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5360 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
2 days ago

Get there before 8 am., dry, hot and a constant grade up. View of valley floor from Orange to Mission Viejo. Mountain bikers flew down this trail, struggled going up.

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3 months ago

This is an up and back fire road trail. Pretty easy. parking gets full early so go early or a bit later when others are coming out.

4 months ago

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11 months ago

Fireroad with a double-track feel throughout due to fallen rocks. I have biked this trail numerous times to get to four corners, modjeska peak, and santiago peak. From a biking perspective, the trail is appreciated as a straightforward (depending on fitness level) route to get to the top of the mountain to explore other trails like Joplin and Holy Jim. Because the climb is constant, the views are continuously changing.

I don't really recommend this for hiking the entirety as it is long and relatively uninteresting way to get to the top with very little shade (90% sun exposure). Partial hike up the trail is a better choice to get up to the benches to enjoy the canyon views.

11 months ago

Went up partially with the dog - yes it is a good dog friendly OC trail. Moderate trail, very exposed to the sun. Easy to find the trail head, right new the bird sanctuary parking. Good hike for kids!

mountain biking
11 months ago

Love to bike up Harding Truck trail for a great workout. The laurel springs is always a great spot to stop and drink some water (filtered of course) and cool off. The spring area has many large fallen trees blocking access, but has been recently cleared by myself to gain better access. Now its much easier to go to the spring and cool off and continue up to Santiago Peak.

hiking
11 months ago

Monday, August 15, 2016

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Good hike to get the elevation and the views are great. Hot and dry! Will go back between December and March as recommended.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Monday, March 28, 2016

Great, moderate trail. Easy to hike. Best on a Spring sunset.