27412 Portola Pkwy, Foothill Ranch, CA
Let's get out on the trail for a conditioning hike at Whiting Ranch.
Route: We will hike up Dreaded Hill, down to the Four Corners and return along Whiting Rd. If it looks like there is enough daylight, we will hit Line Shack for a bonus hill at the end.
Pace: Slow up the hill, otherwise, medium pace. We will re-group at the top of Dreaded.
Length: Estimated 5+ miles, should take about 2 hours with approx. .1,000 ft gain
== We will meet at the parking lot near the bike trail about 100 feet in front of Wahoos.
ESSENTIALS: Bring water, sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat. It is also a good idea to bring a headlamp of flashlight.
ABOUT WHITING RANCH:
Limestone Canyon & Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park encompasses approximately 4,300 acres of riparian and oak woodland canyons, rolling grassland hills and steep slopes of coastal sage scrub and chaparral. The park is highlighted by scenic rock formations, including the beautiful Red Rock Canyon. There are three intermittent streams: Borrego, Serrano and Aliso Creek meandering through the park, each hosting an abundance of wildlife. Remnants of the former cattle ranching days can be seen throughout the park.
Though 90% of the park burned in the Santiago Fire of 2007, the land is in the recovery process. Please respect that process by staying on marked trails and following park rules More info:
Orange County Parks
Whiting Ranch Wilderness
DIRECTION: from Fwy 405 or 5 going South, exit Bake Pkwy, turn left on Bake Pwky and going for about 5 miles. Turn right at Portola and turn right at the light of Glenn Ranch (park somewhere in Wahoos lot). If you are going North on 5, exit at Lake Forest and head toward Foothill Ranch, direction is similar to above