Bell Canyon Trail

Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park, California

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Bell Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in Orange County, California. It is within Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park. It is two miles long and begins at 423 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 404 feet.
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Bell Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in Orange County, California. It is within Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park. It is two miles long and begins at 423 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 404 feet. This trail connects with the following: Oso Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Distance: 2.0
Elevation Gain: 404 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 423 feet
Top Elevation: 543 feet
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Bell Canyon Trail
Parks: Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Elevation Min/Max: 423/543 ft
Elevation Start/End: 423/423 ft

Bell Canyon Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This ride begins in Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park, east of San Juan Capistrano and approximately 60 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. The riding on Bell Canyon Trail is easy, with some short hills. Sun Rise and East Ridge Trails require additional effort, for they are steep in places. The route follows dirt fire roads in fair condition. This large wilderness park, located in the western Santa Ana Mountains, has more than 25 miles of dirt roads suitable for mountain biking. Beginners can follow the scenic Bell Canyon Trail as it rambles past woodlands, grasslands, and streams."

"Crisscrossing Caspers Wilderness Park are thirty miles of trail that explore grassy valleys, chaparral-cloaked ridges and native groves of coastal live oak and sycamore. Visitors have a good chance of sighting wildlife: Deer, rabbits and coyote, as well as more furtive animals such as foxes and bobcats. Bird-watchers will want to consult the park’s bird list and test their skill by identifying the many species found in the park. Centerpiece of the park is oak-lined Bell Canyon. Acorns from the oaks were an important food source for the Juaneno Indians who lived in the canyon. As the legend goes, the Indians would strike a large granite boulder with a small rock to make it ring. The sound could be heard for a mile through what is now known as Bell Canyon. “Bell Rock” is now housed in Bowers Museum in Santa Ana."

"This is an easy and scenic hike that meanders up fertile Bell
Canyon, a quiet, natural canyon in the heart of the park. The hike forms a loop with the Oak Trail, a footpath on the west side of the canyon. The loop weaves through impressive sycamores and ancient oak woodlands.

From the I-5 (San Diego) Freeway in San Juan Capistrano, take
the Ortega (74) Highway exit. Drive 7.7 miles east to the posted park entrance and turn left. From the park entrance station, continue 1 .4 miles to the end of the park road by the Bell Canyon Trailhead. Park on the left. An entrance fee is required."

"The crown jewel of Orange County’s regional park system, Caspers Wilderness Park is the county’s largest park (8,000 acres), the least altered by human activities, and the most remote from population centers. (“Remote,” of course, is a relative term in Orange County, more than twothirds of which is urbanized). Beware of poison oak, which grows along this trail."

"The West Ridge Trail parallels the west edge of Caspers
Wilderness Park 400 feet above Bell Canyon. The hike begins on
the canyon floor under towering sycamores and ancient stands
of contorted, picturesque oaks.

The trail climbs the sandstone cliffs on the west wall of Bell Canyon to the open ridge. From West Ridge are vistas into Canada Gobernadora (the undeveloped canyon to the west), Bell Canyon (filled with oaks and sycamores), and Santiago and Modjeska Peaks."

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