Red Rock Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The Irvine Ranch Conservancy offers interpretive hikes for adults and families beneath a stunning formation of red rocks above Santiago Creek. This is a good place to learn about the wildlife, botany, and geology of the region, as well as its early human history.
The Red Rock Trail, a dirt road, leads through buckwheat and other sage scrub and mulefat, which takes advantage of the seasonal water. After crossing the usually dry wash, the trail reaches the base of the sandstone cliffs, which are part of the Sespe formation and get their red color from traces of iron. Watch for an abandoned eagle’s nest high on the wall. Beyond, the trail crosses sandy soil rich with animal tracks, including large mountain lion prints. The trail ends ingloriously near the property boundary, and you return the way you came."