East Ridge Trail

Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park, California

Elevation Gain1,046ft
Trailhead Elevation403ft
Elevation Min/Max403/950ft
Elevation Start/End403/403ft

East Ridge Trail

East Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Orange County, California. It is within Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park. It is 2.8 miles long and begins at 403 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,046 feet. The Live Oak Campground and Live Oak Campground camp sites are near the trailhead. There are also restrooms and drinking water. This trail connects with the following: Quail Run, East Flat Trail, Cougar Pass and Cougar Pass.

East Ridge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"On this hike or ride (mountain bikes are welcome on the specific route described here) you’ll pass through two very different kinds of natural habitat: first, a scruffy mix of drought-resistant coastal sage-scrub and chaparral plants on the sunny hillsides and ridges; second, the moisture-loving oak-and-sycamore woodlands along Bell Canyon."

"This hike leaves behind (but returns to) the mellow woodlands in the bottom of Bell Canyon and travels the park’s high country. This high country isn’t all that high—less than 1,000 feet in elevation) but in the case of East Ridge is high enough to offer some fine views of the noted groves of sycamore and coastal live oak along the river terraces below. True to its name, the trail (2.5 miles one way) traverses Bell Canyon’s eastern ridge, a landscape cloaked with chaparral and dotted with prickly pear cactus. The trail links to five more paths that in turn connect to Bell Canyon, so loop opportunities are many and varied. Hike a shorter loop than the one described by descending from East Ridge to the canyon bottom via Quail Run Trail or Sun Rise Trail."

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Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
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Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
OC Parks: CWP
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