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Whiting Ranch Trail is a 5.9 mile heavily 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.

Distance: 5.9 miles Elevation Gain: 777 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

no shade

fee

no dogs

Trailhead Parking area requires $3 fee.

hiking
8 hours ago

A great trail in the middle of the city. You can opt for multiple routes as you start the trail depending upon the difficulty level. The trail has good amount of shade, however do carry a cap as you might need it as you reach the elevation. Hiking shoes recommended

hiking
4 days ago

Did the red rocks trail on Saturday. The park re-opened, but the ranger at the beginning was reminding everyone to keep alert and be careful. Starting at 7am, we saw a handful of hikers and several groups of bikers. Red rocks was empty to take pictures. On the way back from red rocks, we ran into minimum 50 hikers and lots of bikers. Trail is pretty shady, and level. We parked at the entrance near Ralph’s, hike was around 4mi and took us about 1.5hours (not including pictures).

Comment from AllTrails

- 4 days ago

Thank you Sara for signaling that the park re-opened!

closed
1 month ago

closed due to mountain lion sighting on 5/29/20

hiking
1 month ago

Big rattlesnake on Billy Goat trail.

hiking
2 months ago

RELAXING nature-walk. Calming and peaceful. Shaded and easy for all ages. Last 2 miles on a sidewalk along Portola highway.

3 months ago

Not a good time to go right now. Went last week and the main area was closed due to construction. Tried a different area of the park. The machine to pay was broken. It took our 2 bucks. Could not get it back. Paid by card. Over charged us. Could not get our slip. Tried to contact the phone number in the sign. Unable to get a hold of anyone. It's a good hike when the park is actually open. Cant recommend at this time until they fix the pay machines, and hire more staff.

hiking
4 months ago

3 dollar parking at the entrance of the trail. I came at around 8:30 am on a Tuesday and there were hardly any people on the trail. The first third of the trail has plenty of shade from the overgrowth of trees. Once you venture on there’s not much shade, so make sure to take a hat or some shades. If you want to do some of the more difficult trails, such as “billy goat”, I would recommend you have some hiking boots. I hiked with flynit trainers, making the trek up that trail more difficult than it needed to be. Overall, great trail with beautiful scenery, but it’s a bummer that the last section of it opens you out into the street rather than looping around away from traffic.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hiking trail that shows you what might have been if we didn't cut down all the oak trees to build a bunch of houses and roads. I really can't recommend the last mile of "trail" because you're walking along Portola the whole time. Better to yo-yo it, if you are fit enough to go 10 miles in a day

about a mile of paved at the end. otherwise not bad

mountain biking
5 months ago

Busy but good condition

hiking
muddy
rocky
5 months ago

Great trail!

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike! We enjoyed the change in elevation! Great green rolling hills.

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Parking on Portola is free across the street near the McDonalds. Be sure not to pass up the Red Rock Trail when doing this loop to see some awesome rock formations that make you feel like your not in SoCal. This is a pretty shady trail that would make for a good summer hike.

hiking
6 months ago

One of the coolest trails I’ve ever been on.

Soon after the rain many streams! loved it!

mountain biking
closed
6 months ago

***Trail is closed today*** do some research of when it will open before coming out to this trail 12/6/19

hiking
7 months ago

Got lost, but still pleasant.

hiking
bugs
no shade
8 months ago

Loved this hike! There are so many routes to take, I’m glad I had the map or else we would’ve gone off trail a lot! Lots of deer, didn’t see any rattlesnakes, lots of bugs! There is definitely no shade so make sure to take some sun screen! Will definitely go back to explore the alternate trails, for this one we stuck to the mapped trail but toward the end the trail took us to the main street so we’re going to try and find a different route back next time.

hiking
11 months ago

one of our favorite hikes so far! you start in the canopy on borrego canyon trail until you hit mustard road/billy goat trail while working your way up to four corners. from there take a moment appreciate the views because it's straight back down into the canopy once you hit serrano cow trail. the overgrown trees that provide shade make it worth a stop or two to take pics. don't park in the ralph's parking lot, they will tow you! park across the street at mcdonald's if you cant find a spot at the park. the only negative is you have to take portola pkwy back the last half 1/3-1/2 mile to complete the loop. otherwise this would be a 5 star trail no doubt! will definitely be back!

hiking
no shade
11 months ago

hiking
bugs
no shade
Mon Jun 10 2019

Great place to hike during the weekdays. Knocked out the Billy Goat trail and The Red Rock Canyon trail, highly recommend! Start early to avoid the heat because there is little cloud cover.

hiking
bugs
Wed May 22 2019

It was a little challenging but overall perfect hike! Would do it again! It was so beautiful and a great accomplishment☺️

Fri May 17 2019

Easy, near home, but crowded on weekends.

hiking
Sun May 12 2019

The last part of this trail was on the road

hiking
bugs
off trail
rocky
Thu Apr 18 2019

This trail is beautiful and a good hike for trail enthusiasts, the scenery is awesome and the trails are moderate and pretty peaceful, and also nice to see quite of few animals as well !

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