Whiting Ranch Loop Trail

Lake Forest, California 92630

Whiting Ranch Loop Trail

Whiting Ranch Loop Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Crank up the Borrego Trail, a one-way singletrack that darts along a shady creek bed. Turn right on Mustard Road and climb to the ridge at Four Corners. Head south, briefly, on Whiting Road, and then make a sharp left onto the Cactus Hill Trail. Drop down the cactus-lined singletrack to a chaparral-filled canyon. A short, steep climb up the Sage Scrub Trail is followed by another winding descent to Whiting Road. Head down the dirt road for a spell and then cut through the trees on the Serrano Cow Trail to Serrano Road. Serrano Road ends at Portola Parkway. Turn right on the pavement and follow the road back to the trailhead."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Afoot & Afield: Orange County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad and David Money Harris
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"For a more comprehensive survey of Whiting Ranch Park, try this outstanding loop through the park’s two largest canyons. You’ll travel up Borrego Canyon to a watershed divide, then descend through Serrano Canyon. The basic loop is a little less than 6 miles (including a mile on the sidewalk along Portola Parkway at the end), though numerous side trips and extensions are possible if you want to lengthen your hike."

Whiting Ranch Loop Trail Trip Reports

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Awesome trail. Nice double, single and dirt road mix. Love the downhill at Cactus and Sleepy Hollow. You have options once you get back to Whiting Road to either stay on the road or veer off onto single track. Don't worry about getting lost all trails lead out.

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Trail Information

Lake Forest
Nearby City
Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
45 minutes–1.5 hours
Year-round, may be closed after significant rainfall
800 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,400 feet
Top Elevation
Whiting Ranch Regional Park
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