Whiting Ranch Trail [CLOSED] 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.

Length5.9 miElevation gain777 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyHikingHorseback ridingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingrunningRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeBugsRockyClosedNo shadeFeeNo dogs
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Note: Note: this park is currently closed due to wildfire. For updates, please visit https://www.ocparks.com/parks/whiting/ Trails in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park will be subjected to closures due to mountain lions. Check here for more information: http://www.ocparks.com/parks/whiting/ Trailhead Parking area requires $3 fee.

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Tereza Nazer
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Trail Is CLOSED due to fire restoration in process!!!

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gosto demais da roça
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HikingGreat!

Is this trail open?

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Francisco Narez
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Awesome

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Yolanda Sarmiento
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A excellent hike! not to much incline, just enough to get your heart bit going and the views are amazing did 6.2 total. Loved it!

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George Maddox
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William Dyson
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Bryan Kimmel
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Mountain biking

Wide open Even caught a glimpse of a red fox

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Steve Frank
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Fun trail run, hit it on Sunday 8am. Lots of people and bikes out was only downside. Take mustard trail up for the climb. Advice to hikers - share the trail, single file

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Gabriela brito
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Journey and Cars
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Sydney Walters
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Good trail. Can got hot and I recommend going during the week to avoid crowds

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George Maddox
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Nice!!!

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Rak Din
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Hiked the loop but also saw Red Rock Canyon. Northeast service roads are boring, but the east end makes it worthwhile for shade and wildlife. Saw a family of 4 deer, and another buck and doe fooling around.

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Emily C
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Awesome hike! Took a paper map from the beginning and chose a few challenging trails. The red rocks are cool to see. Definitely need sunscreen and lots of water on hot days.

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Tricia Garcia
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Love this area. Great hike and went to see all the cool rock formations. Often closed due to Mountain Lion activity. I’ve done this hike multiple times, highly recommend.

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Brian Reitz
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Erin Monet
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Parking: $3 auto pay station. Trail: if clockwise: first mile flat, next mile steady hill. Come to a rest spot with drinking water fountain. Then steady down hill. Last half mile walking along street. View: saw 3 deers along the trail. Shades: partially.

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Tainell Roberts
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I went today got there 7am small little parking lot full it sits connected with the shopping center parking lot so of course we wasn’t about to chance it and get our car towed I drove to the next street found a park it’s connected with the public library park there it’s a trail that takes you back down to the entrance of the Trail thank me later but too many bikers omg for the narrow trail then it got super hot nice scenery cool hike

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Bryan Kimmel
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OC fire has come through and plowed the trail all messed up heads up

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Chris Mohn
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Cool hike. First part is shaded and cool and then we went the Billy goat path and it turned into the surface of the sun and fairly steep uphill with rocks. Definitely go when it's cooler or in the morning

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Angie Lira
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Super fun hike..

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Michael Falaro
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$3 all day parking fee. If you see someone leaving just ask for the pass they usually will give you it:) First time out here and had an absolute blast, just be mindful of sandy patches here and there. Definitely heading back soon!!

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Brandy Sue
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pretty decent trail with multiple scenic areas. Didn't do the whole loop as we went off the path to red canyon. Its a cool photo op but next time will attempt to do the loop fully through. I don't hike much so decent for beginners. The red canyon rout is about a quarter way into the hike.

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Rayza Cruz
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Easy 2 miler to go to Red Rock canyon. Well shaded. Mtn bikers welcomed. Park is well maintained clean and lots of signs. Theres different levels from easy to hard trail. I will be coming back and try out the difficult trail.

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Jess Madison
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Great trail with a mix of greenery, shade and elevation. I give it a 4 because it isn’t a “loop” so much as a series of different trails that never create a loop. We took Borrego Canyon from the coordinates provided and went to Mustard and Vista Look Out, then came back the same way. It was 5 miles roundtrip with 900+ incline overall. A great and gorgeous workout. Crowd dispersed hugely after we turned up to Mustard, which is far more difficult in terms of elevation. Just beware there isn’t a clear loop here to be had. Took kids ages 9 and 11 and we mixed running and hiking. A good workout but didn’t kill us. Nice and convenient overall.

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Sanaz Bahrami
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I went to the trail on Sunday and it was super crowded; more than 100, 200 mountain bikers, I gave up after 1.3 miles. It is pretty trail though.

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Timothy Evans
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Chill trail, 2nd 1/2 has a good uphill portion, *make sure you make the left at red rock, (it’s not on this trail line), to see the beautiful canyon (it’s an out and back 0.6mi). Red rock is definitely the prettiest feature here.

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