West Ridge and Oak Trail Loop

MODERATE 14 reviews
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West Ridge and Oak Trail Loop is a 10.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Juan Capistrano, 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.

DISTANCE
10.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1581 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
8 months ago

Most of this trail is exposed so go early in the morning or during cooler seasons. Also part of the lower loop is closed due to deadfall.

hiking
Saturday, April 02, 2016

hiking
Saturday, November 28, 2015

hiking
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

hiking
Monday, June 15, 2015

Fun trail that did while camping on a weekend and had some great views with tall grass valleys. When we hit the end of trail my girlfriend asked if I thought we could see out camp site and sure enough we had a direct view of our favorite campsite with all of our gear (and the squires trying to steel our food). Will do this hike next time we camp here as I like camping here a lot

camping
Sunday, May 18, 2014

beautiful view, loved seeing the horse. quite a climb towrd the end but tolerable.

camping
Sunday, May 18, 2014

seen a lot of mountain lion tracks loved walking this with my girl almost got caught in the dark had to chase the sun back.

hiking
Saturday, October 19, 2013

hiking
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

This trails starts of on the fairly level "Oak Trail" winding through oak groves, then quickly ascends to the top of the West Ridge, meeting up with the "West Ridge Trail" (which is essentially a utility access road).. Also, it's worth mentioning that these trails are located in the "Caspers Wilderness Park" campground, off the Ortega HWY.

hiking
Friday, June 21, 2013

hiking
Saturday, October 27, 2012

hiking
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Great hike! Lots of interesting flora & if your quiet even some deer or cool local birds. My only advice is to keep an eye out along the trail for poison oak. Just remember "leaves of three let it be" & have fun!

hiking
Sunday, June 19, 2011

The trail was great with some excellent views along the ridge. Some of the trail was washed out do to the weather so we hiked around for a further hike. Some water crossing but nothing difficult. Overall a great hike.