Borrego Canyon Trail

Lake Forest, California 92630

Distance2.5mi
Elevation Gain357ft
Trailhead Elevation811ft
Top1,056ft
Elevation Min/Max799/1056ft
Elevation Start/End811/811ft

Borrego Canyon Trail

Borrego Canyon Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Lake Forest, California. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 811 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is three miles with a total elevation gain of 357 feet. Whiting Ranch Parking and another parking are near the trailhead. There are also restrooms and drinking water.

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6/17/2012
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6/10/2012
Great hike to combine with the Red Rock Canyon. The views are as good as advertised. Go in the late afternoon and you could catch a sunset that makes the entire hillside glow. Jog down just after the sun sets to be back in the parking lot before it is really dark. No real need for a headlamp.
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12/26/2011
Amazing vistas once you're on the peak. The trail up to the top (Mustard) is a challenging climb for any novice hiker. So, be prepared! But worth the effort! Overall, one of the best I've done in the Santa Ana Mountains.
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4/24/2010
Originally came here to do the Borrego Canyon to Red Rock Canyon Trails, but couldn't ignore this trail after picking up the trail map. Don't let the mildly overgrown Mustard Road Trail scare you off -- it's a worthy hike with an incredible 360-degree view from above!
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11/19/2009
this was a good workout. a consistant elevation gain on the way in. there are THREE mountain lion warning signs right in the beginning of the trail which made me and my girlfriend a little nervous. i got to see a little snake and a HUGE black lizard...thank god no mountain lions!!
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8/9/2009
The trail guide is incorrect in saying that the trailhead will not inspire you. I think it is very inspiring to have such a lovely park so close to the "burbs" while truly maintaining it's wilderness feel. The trailhead begins across the street from a major shopping area. The trailhead is marked with a wonderful piece of sculpture depicting all sorts of flora and fauna that may be found in the area. The trail guide, from that point on is very accurate. Be sure to respect the signs asking you to stay off the red sandstone cliff faces. They are fragile and truly unique.
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Trail Information

Lake Forest
Nearby City
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
U.S.G.S. El Toro Limestone-Whiting Wilderness Park map
Local Maps

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Nov 2018