Whiting Ranch

El Toro, California 92610

Whiting Ranch

Whiting Ranch Professional Review and Guide

"In 1991, Orange County opened its newest large open-space preserve, Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. The park has grown to encompass some 4,300 acres along the rim of the communities of Lake Forest and El Toro. Ninety percent of it burned in the 2007 Santiago Fire, but this trip was scarcely touched."

Whiting Ranch Reviews

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4/3/2009
I didn't do the full 5 miles, just some 1/4 mile stretches along different points of the coast. It's a very easy stroll along the beach, with opportunity to walk to beach-level and hike along the rocky shore (which is way more fun that walking on concrete!). It was very pretty, very peaceful, and relaxing. You can watch the surfers, stroll along the rocks, or sit and read a book. It would be very romantic to take your loved one on a walk along this shore. It's definitely a relaxing experience and not much of a "hike". 4 stars for scenery and atmosphere.
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8/1/2005
This was an awesome experience but I would characterize it more as a 4 mile "walk on the beach" ending with a fairly steep 500 vertical foot climb up to Torrey Pines state park. Once at Torrey Pines, you can extend the journey by hiking any of a number of loops overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The hike up to Torrey is well worth the effort. Some of the loops include descriptions of the odd mix of desert/marine plant life that inhabits the bluffs.
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Trail Information

El Toro
Nearby City
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
4.4
Distance
500 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
7 a.m.–sunset, October–June
Season
Lake Forest and El Toro
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-minute El Toro
Local Maps

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Jul 2018