Whiting Ranch Trail

MODERATE 273 reviews

Whiting Ranch Trail is a 5.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Foothill Ranch, California that features a river 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.

5.9 miles
777 feet

kid friendly



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


no dogs

Trailhead Parking area requires $3 fee.

1 hour ago

Well maintained trail .. lot of steep mountains which gives you a good workout. Pretty views too. Will do it again to get used

22 days ago

watch out for the mountain bikers. There are a lot of them. Other than that, take the left steep incline for a better workout experience!

2 months ago

To quote Homer Simpson, the end “Sucks Diddley Sucks. Almost 1/3 of a mile on PORTOLA PARKWAY. Put BS!

3 months ago

Be prepared to see wildlife!

3 months ago

Great place to run. Lots of challenging trails Trails are well marked.

4 months ago

On 30 Aug at 19:45 my wife sighted a mountain lion near the entrance before the creek at the time of exiting

7 months ago

Fabulous hike!! Last 3/4 of a mile is on Portola Parkway though...kind of a bummer to end such a gorgeous hike.

7 months ago

We did the 5.9 mi loop with kids (youngest was 9). Billy goat was best trail. I’d go up and back the same way. I didn’t like the last section walking on the street. Go up and back from Ralph’s.

9 months ago

The first 3/4 of the trail was nice but the last 1/4 was very disappointing.

10 months ago

great hike. it was about 5k. we saw lots of deer especially in the shaded canopy parts of the trail.

11 months ago

Great for kids

11 months ago

Great Hike!! Up and Down Hills with lots of beautiful Oak trees. Lots of good Photograph spots.

11 months ago

Pretty easy I love the uphill portion on the left side I jogged most of it. The beginning is way too easy but the uphill makes it worth it for sure. It would be even better if the uphill wasn’t a dead end

Friday, January 05, 2018

This is more of a nature walk with a little bit of rock maneuvering at the end. It was super fun and easy!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

I used to hike here every day. Such beautiful scenery and not too many people around.

TIP: Park in the Ralph's lot so you don't have to pay the parking fee!

Thursday, December 07, 2017

I love it!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Great place to hike just watch out for the bikes, love walking through the tree lined trails...

Sunday, September 24, 2017

I like this trail a lot. Views of oaks; I even saw some quail. $3 parking at trailhead, portapotties at both trailheads

Monday, September 04, 2017

It was a decent walk. It had a combination of terrain with sand, sand patches, dirt, & rocky patches and through shady woody areas too. Canyons were nice to see. We were told there were rattlesnakes sighted this morning on the trail as well! Be careful of the bike riders as it was quite heavy with them on this trail. Could go back, but would try other trails as there are many more to choose from.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Borrego canyon rd. Too...

Monday, August 14, 2017

I love these trails. I have hiked all of them: serrano rd., raptor, coyote brush, line shack, serrano cow, sage scrub, vulture view, Santiago ranch, sleepy hollow, cactus, whiting spurs, whiting, water tank, dreaded hill, billy goat, mustard, red rock, cattle loop, vista lookout rd.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Had a great hike this morning on the Live Oak, Vista, Hoffman and Edna trails. Beautiful views and natural scenery. Great combinations of terrains. Something for everybody.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Nice place to hike

Sunday, July 09, 2017


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

nice little trail with plenty of shady spots. No crazy inclines. We stopped at mustard trail and went back due to the midday heat.

Friday, June 09, 2017

DONE! ; )

Loved the reward. Beautiful colors and textures.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Sunday, April 16, 2017

great hike

Sunday, April 16, 2017

tons of bikers. fun and nice trail. looked great after the rains. only negative on the actual loop trail is the walking on the sidewalk on portolla. if doing the loop, would highly advise to do portolla first and end with actual home

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Pay attention to the map, particularly at Four Corners. Plenty of bikers so make sure you stay alert because many are flying through. That area also offers some great views and Dreaded Hill does as well. Overall a good hike and if you're lucky you may see some deer or a mountain lion.

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