Dreaded Hill Road

Lake Forest, California 92630

Elevation Gain942ft
Trailhead Elevation926ft
Elevation Min/Max923/1614ft
Elevation Start/End926/926ft

Dreaded Hill Road

Dreaded Hill Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Lake Forest, California. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at 926 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 942 feet. The Reynolds Bench viewpoint can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Serrano Cow Trail.

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"According to local hikers, Limestone Canyons and Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park’s highest hill had a lot of names, but “Dreaded” was the only one that could be printed on a map and repeated in public. The brutal climb required to reach the top of this hill, which looms to the south of the park’s popular Four Corners area, has been known to prompt trail users to describe it with some colorful—and quite off-color—words. Let’s just say that “aerobic torture” is one of the more polite ways to describe the hike. Still, climbing Dreaded Hill has its rewards apart from its test of one’s physical fitness. Are the views from the summit worth the climb? Well, only you can answer that question when you reach the 1,624-foot crest. The views from the summit include Orange County near and far, Catalina Island and the wide, blue Pacific." Read more
Afoot & Afield: Orange County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad and David Money Harris
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"Dreaded Hill is the highest point in Whiting Ranch, and the fire road leading to the summit offers a vigorous workout. Although the name may seem overly dramatic to hikers, it is quite appropriate for mountain bikers grunting their way up the path." Read more

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Lake Forest
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OC Parks: WRWP
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Dec 2018