Whiting Ranch Wilderness Excursion

Lake Forest, California 92630

Whiting Ranch Wilderness Excursion

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"The Whiting Ranch Wilderness Excursion is a nifty 5.4-mile mountain bike ride through the namesake park, on the fringes of Lake Forest’s Foothill Ranch.

Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park is a 2,500-acre expanse of riparian and oak woodland canyons, with rolling hills of grassland, and some steep slopes covered with coastal sage scrub and chaparral. The park is known for its scenic rock formations, including Red Rock Canyon."

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101 Hikes in Southern California: Exploring Mountains, Seashore and Desert (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad and David Money Harris
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"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." Read more

Whiting Ranch Wilderness Excursion Reviews

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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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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

Lake Forest
Nearby City
Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
82% dirt trails, 18% paved roads
Skill Level
30 minutes- 2 hours
The Thomas Guide by Rand McNally—Street Guide: Los Angeles and Orange Counties (any recent year), page 862
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Dec 2018