Explore the most popular birding trails near Foothill Ranch with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This hike humbled me! Training for half dome so wanted to do a difficult hike And that I did. Haven’t been hiking much lately but do a lot of walking every day and this hike let me know just how out of shape I am and what I need to do to make my experience much much better. I will not do this hike again until I’m in better shape. Overall not a bad hike if they would just lose those steep inclines. Red Rock was cool and The views from Vista point are pretty amazing. Saw some wildlife, deer rabbits and all kinds of birds. This trail is doable even if you’re a little out of shape but you just might not enjoy it as much as if you were in better shape.

hiking
30 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Very pretty on a clear day! The last part is the toughest. $3 to park and they had security on a Sunday checking the parking lot.
I added Red Rock-only a mile more total to the hike and very worth it.

Thanks to my Dreaded Hill hike, I found out I was really out of shape!
A hard, steep, fast elevation gain of 700 feet in a mile. No Shade, pretty views on a clear day.
Back to the gym, before I return.

on Whiting Ranch Trail

1 month ago

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

Good training hike. Lots of wildlife - deer, rabbits, snakes, birds. Not too many people. Some shade on the rout to dreaded hill.

hiking
2 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.

Great hike, did 8 miles including Dreaded Hill, 700 feet up in one mile! I love the trails in Whiting Ranch, have no problems hiking alone here. Love all the wildlife I always see, including a mommy and baby deer today

Started at Concourse Park, pick up a map at the trail head, the maps are easy to follow and Whiting Ranch is well sign posted. I went up Dreaded Hill along to Four Corners and then down Whiting Ranch. Dreaded Hill is named that way for a reason! Still fun though if you stop for breathers and water occasionally, fabulous views along the way and there’s a nice bench to rest for a bit at the top! I did this on an 80* afternoon, not too bad, but would advise plenty of water, good trail shoes and maybe a snack if you haven’t eaten beforehand. My route was a little over 4 miles total (great for cardio), but there are plenty of other trails in the park if you want to extend your hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail. Very scenic. Combined it with dreaded hill for a nice workout.

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

Nice simple trail we enjoyed it. Loose rocks on the billy goat watch your step .

This review is for all of Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. I joined a group that did about 12 miles through these trails on a day that was expected to downpour. We got lucky, the weather could not have been better, it was in the 50's, cloudy, and calm, and we didnt see a sole until we were on our way out. The scenery in this area is beautiful, there are lots of hills for training especially "Dreaded Hill" about a mile long and around 700 feet of elevation gain. The trails are nice and wide and there are lots of areas with trees covering for shade. We spotted some beautiful birds, lots of deer, and lots and lots of fresh Bobcat tracks. The icing on the cake in this set of trails is definitely "red Rock Canyon." You feel like your in the Grand Canyon with the beautiful red mountains with unique design. You hike to the base of them through a canyon and for added pleasure you can scramble your way to the top.

Great hike!! Challenging great views..

hiking
5 months ago

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

Vista Lookout Road - a decent trail with a good incline, the views are good, it is relatively short even if you are out of shape you won't get to the point of hating your life. There is a picnic table up at the top. No shade throughout the stretch, so be wary.

walking
5 months ago

Great for kids

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

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike Good views from various points along the hike. Wide trail. Awesome trail markings. Can't get lost. Dreaded hill was a good cardio hill too.

Much steeper than anticipated from Mustard Road to the top of Vista Outlook. Definitely a solid workout. There's a single picnic table at the top with a lot of great views. Too steep of a hike for my younger kiddos but worth it as a solo trip and workout.

Loved the views!! ♥️

Wildlife Sanctuary at the trailhead with educational birding plaques. Steep moderate hike up a dirt path for serene views of canyons. Family friendly. Great for mountain biking, hiking, & birding.

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

Went on a Saturday and the trail was packed with hikers and bikers. You park near a shopping center where there are designated spots for the wilderness park ($3 To park in a spot). The first part of the hike was easy just make sure you watch out for the bikers and keep to a side. Once you are on the way up to the Vista outlook point the trail becomes very steep. It’s a great workout. Many other trails at this park that you can take.

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

hiking
7 months ago

Billy Goat has become one of my favorite trails at Whiting. Difficult and technical at times. Steep uphills as well as downhills. Can be slippery from the sand and loose gravely rocks. No shade so keep that in mind during the hot afternoons. I bring my poles with me for this trail.

Borrego is a fun and easy single trail. Mustard to Vista, on the other hand, is a steep and moderate fire road which has zero shade. Best hiked in the cooler time of day. A good workout.

hiking
7 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!

I love it!

hiking
8 months ago

You spend the entirety of this fairly straightforward hike constantly fluctuating in elevation, oftentimes over steep and occasionally treacherous terrain, but it's a great work out and the more technical hiking along Billy Goat Trail can be a lot of fun if you're up for it.

I recommend hiking past the far end of the loop and continuing out to Vista Lookout. It adds about a mile and a half onto your hike, but you get pretty cool views of the canyon's sandstone formation.

Went in December in the morning and the weather was perfect throughout. Be mindful of the mountain bikers that frequent these trails. They get a kick out of the downhill sections of the hike and can round the corners pretty quick so stay alert.

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