Whiting Ranch Trail

MODERATE 391 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.

30 days ago

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

1 month 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.

3 months ago

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

4 months ago

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

4 months ago

Great for kids

4 months ago

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

5 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

6 months ago

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

6 months ago

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!

7 months ago

I love it!

7 months ago

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

9 months ago

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

10 months ago

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.

11 months ago

Borrego canyon rd. Too...

11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

went to hike a few days ago this place is awsome and definitely worth going to. There many trails here if you stay on the main trail its not hard pretty average but if you take some of the other ones they can get difficult beautiful place to hike though.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

I loved it

Monday, February 27, 2017

Did this hike yesterday, started at 9 and ended at 12. It rained off and on so parts of the trail were muddy which made it difficult to keep my footing. Would definitely do this hike again, just next time I'll make sure it's dry. Some of the trails dead end so make sure that you pay attention to the map. Also the address on this website leads you to a residential neighborhood so that was also confusing. Dreaded hill is a great trail if you're looking for little over a mile of pure incline.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Great hike! We decided to take the Billy Goat trail and proved to be a little to hard for my 4 year old son but my 10 year old blew through it. A lot of friendly people throught these trails. All and all we had a great time and stopped and ate lunch at the picinic benches as the little stream rolled by.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

100% plan on coming back! There's great views to be had here and different trails to explore. We even saw a few deer on a nearby hill. If you're expecting something unpopular, this is not the trail for you. There was a good amount of hikers and bikers on the main trail with less and less as you go on. Parking is $3. Totally worth it!

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Amazing and beautiful - muddy too!

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