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Whiting Road and Cactus Hill Trail Loop [CLOSED]

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Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park

Whiting Road and Cactus Hill Trail Loop [CLOSED] is a 2.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Foothill Ranch, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 2.9 miles Elevation Gain: 633 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

closed

no dogs

Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park will remain closed until further notice due to mountain lion activity. During the winter this park may close due to rain events. Whiting Ranch affords the casual hiker ample opportunities for experiencing the many moods of the chaparral. Keep an eye out for mountain bikers and mountain lions. The Cactus Trail segment of this loop marks the location where a biker was killed by a lion in January 2004. During the winter months, you will find signs along these trails, particularly near the Upper Pond. A more common hazard are heedless bikers who zip down this trail at speeds well exceeding the posted 5 mph. They have cut a deep groove down the center of the path and in many places it is extremely slippery even in dry weather. You will be glad to reach Sleepy Hollow, a hiker's-only-area which leads off to the right. Live oak trees shade and clutter the path with their leaves.

Beautiful trails!

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rocky
2 months ago

Good way to kill an hour.

hiking
11 months ago

Saw rattlesnake on the way in HUGE!!!

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no shade
rocky
Sun Jun 09 2019

good trail. elevation change makes it difficult in places. Beautiful down in sleepy hollow. if you stand still you can hear nothing but the birds and the bees. tons of wildflowers.

hiking
Sat May 04 2019

3 rattlesnake sightings on the trail today.

hiking
Sun Apr 28 2019

yellow flowers everywhere. lots of bikers too

Sun Jan 13 2019

Closed 01/13/19

hiking
Thu Jul 19 2018

Fun, short hike! Only took about an hour. Can definitely add other trails to it to get more hiking in

Sun Mar 19 2017

Nice hike, beautiful views & shade. It's an incline getting back to the parking area. Lots of mountain bikers, so be careful.

Mon Jan 02 2017

Nice trail, lots of options and difficulty levels. Will go back again

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Fri Oct 28 2016

Start at Concourse Park (free parking) and find the trailhead to the right of the park. It's downhill until you connect to the Sleepy Hollow Trail which is narrow and takes you through a pretty grove of live oaks. Look out for mountain bikers. Trail continues up to a ledge and then loops back around to the bottom of the hill that takes you up to Concourse Park. The uphill climb is somewhat steep and a bit long so you'll probably be huffing and puffing as you climb out to your car. All told, this is a beautiful hike with not a lot of people on it. Loved the oak grove and the ridgeline views.

Sun Apr 03 2016

Was a fun hike. Saw two gopher snakes and some great sights. There were a lot of inclines.

Sat Nov 07 2015

Super clean and nice people in the trail

hiking
Sat Feb 04 2012

Hiked this trail along with the Billy Goat Trail today. Beautiful scenery and nice and shaded, however, I can see it being really hot in the summer. Lots of trail options at all different levels. Looking forward to going back and exploring the other trails. I saw lots of mountain bikers but everyone was friendly and courteous.

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