West Ridge Trail

Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park, California

Distance2.7mi
Elevation Gain882ft
Trailhead Elevation778ft
Top927ft
Elevation Min/Max726/927ft
Elevation Start/End778/778ft

West Ridge Trail

West Ridge Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Coto de Caza, California. It is within Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park. It is 2.7 miles long and begins at 778 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 882 feet.

West Ridge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Though not a long hike, the varied terrain, excellent vistas, and general lack of traffic make this one of the premier hikes in Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park. Summer in Caspers Park, particularly on the exposed ridges traversed on this hike, can be unpleasant and enervating.

Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park consists of 8,000 acres that straddle Ortega Highway in the western foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. Public access is permitted only in the northern part of the park. Here you will find many valleys and hills featuring coastal live oak, California sycamore, and coastal scrub sage. In the winter and spring, running streams and seasonal wildflowers add to the enjoyment."

West Ridge Trail Reviews

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2/1/2011
great trail but some of it was washed out do the rain. We went a longer route but was a great hike and in good condition. Overall a great day.
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9/14/2008
An early, cool morning made this an enjoyable hike with varied terrain. Though ranked as "easy" it does have some steep, but short climbs. Most remarkable are the white sandstone bluffs and cliffs encountered on the way up to the West Ridge trail. The views from the ridge are also noteworthy and make this a "must do" hike if you visit Caspers. We also spied a large bobcat sitting on an oak branch, waryingly watching us as we passed, not 20 feet away. Though we enjoyed a cool walk that morning, the guide is absolutely on the mark saying that the summer day temps can be pretty high...so take care and take plenty of water if you decide to strike out mid-day in the summer months. Also, and this is important, many of the trails must be shared with horses, so be mindful of the equestrians who may not see a hiker rounding a sharp corner.
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Trail Information

Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Nearby City
Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Parks
Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park, 33401 Ortega Highway (mailing address: P.O. Box 395), San Juan Capistrano 92675; (949) 923-2210; www.ocparks.com
Local Contacts
USGS Canada Gobernadora
Local Maps