Whiting Ranch Hike (Two Levels 2 or 2+(3): Moderate or Mod+)

  • March 31, 2013 · 8:30 AM
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THIS IS A GREAT HIKE THAT FITS REGULAR HIKERS WHO LIKE TO HAVE A WORKOUT IN ONE OF THE MOST OC SCENIC TRAILS OR ARE TRAINING FOR MOUNTAIN HIKES!

=====We will meet at the parking lot near Starbucks-Wahoos====

MEETING TIME: 8:25-8:30 AM (finish the hike latest about noon)

GENERAL RATING/DIFFICULTY: Since we have two organizers for different speeds, so our hike with 2 levels: 2 or 2+(3) rated for distance, elevation and pace. Click to see RATING TABLE for more info about difficulty levels

1. Level 2: 6-7 miles, 1500ft gain and ~ 2.5+ hours (Dur 2, Dis 1+, E 2)

2. Level 2+(3): Estimated 10+ miles, 2,400+- ft gain and ~ 3+ hours. (Dur 2+, Dis 3, E 2+ and S 3)

Please note: Hikers will join the organizer for a workout; there is no leader or sweeper on this hike

ROUTE: starting on a flat trail for about 1.5 miles, our workout will begin going up Dreaded Hill, to Vista Lookout, Bill Goat, back to four Corners, down Castus Hill, then continue on Santiago Canyon up to Vulture View, then down Sage Scrub Hill and return by Sleepy Hallow, back on the flat to the trailhead. The group is rated moderate will have a shorter route and going a bit slower

ESSENTIALS: Wear traction hiking shoes, bring water, snacks, sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat

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 Starbucks coffee parking). If you going North on 5, I think you should get off on Lake Forest and head toward Foothill Ranch, direction is similar to above

REMINDER

***By joining the meetup, you agree to Meetup Terms of Service releases the Organizer and Assistant Organizers from any liability related to incidents that occur at Meetup gatherings***
Hiking is a rewarding and pleasant activity in nature, but there are certain dangers you should be aware of. Those include, but are not limited to, trip and fall injuries, bee stings, poison oak exposure, ticks, snake bites, coyotes, mountain lions or wildlife. By signing up for this event, you agree to hold harmless the hike organizer, assistant organizers and other participants for any injuries sustained during this hike***

> YOU acknowledge THAT WE ARE NOT PROFESSIONALS.
> YOU ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR SAFETY

 

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  • Gloria K.

    Thanks for the photos Lily. You are awesome with your camera. I took a bunch of kids to Red Rock last Thursday afternoon. We saw a young rattlesnake and a small garter snake. I caught the garter snake and the kids all got a chance to hold him. It was pretty cool. The kids had such a great time. Hope to see you guys soon.

    April 7, 2013

  • Patty

    Hi Lily! yes, I was there. I hiked in Petes group. :)

    April 4, 2013

    • Lily

      Thank you Pete and Patty, my guess wasn't too bad. I'll try to have all the photos upload tonight or tomorrow and try to put the faces together :-)

      April 4, 2013

  • Lily

    I'm checking the attendant: did I meet with Lani or Laini? only one of you :-)
    Did we have Susie, Sarah and Patty in your group Peter? We like to keep track of "workout" hikers for future reference as mountain hikes where we like to know if they don't "flake-out" on us!
    I might move some to NO SHOWs, but they should know and fight back :-)

    April 3, 2013

    • Lani

      Lily I came down with bronchitis and I did send you an email! Hope you got it.

      April 3, 2013

  • Pete

    My group had Susie & Shirly F. Probably had Sarah and Patty too. I only know the names of the people I happened to talk with.

    April 3, 2013

  • Lily

    I haven't seen Dreaded Hill that colorful for a long time. It was a great day, excellent workout and wonderful company. Thank you all for coming. Thanks Pete, William and Shaw for joining to help the group. It was nice to meet the new members: Gloria, Kelly, Garry, Estela and some I don't remember name and face together. IT was great to see Evelyn, Pauline and some of you after a long time. We missed out one important thing: to discuss about today event at OC Great Park (Pete and the group were so fast on us at the beginning), oh well, we will see the turn out later tonight without discussion then :-)

    April 1, 2013

  • Pauline N

    Thank u Lily for organizing a cardio Easter hike along with Pete and Shaw. Can't wait to see everyone again at the Bungee event on Monday night. Happy landing!

    April 1, 2013

  • Evelyn

    Thank you Lily, Pete, and Shaw--beautiful day, great hike, and conversation. Feels great to be back on the trails and my foot is holding up without pain (hurray!! ;-)

    March 31, 2013

  • Gloria K.

    I had a great time! Met a bunch of nice people. Thanks Lily for leading us and teaching me about the different trails. I will be heading back to Red Rock. It was cool seeing all the snakes. : )

    March 31, 2013

  • Pete

    Great hike and conversation!

    2 · March 31, 2013

  • Penny F.

    Great morning for a hike and good workout. Thanks Lily and Pete.

    March 31, 2013

  • Derek M

    Lily, Pete and Shaw, thanks for organizing this. I had a great Easter workout with a friendly group. Couldn't think of a better way to start off my Easter. :-)

    For those that are interested, here are the Garmin Connect stats uploaded from my GPS for the level 2 group:
    https://connect.garmin.com/activity/291402582

    March 31, 2013

  • Craig N.

    Sorry have to cancel.

    March 31, 2013

  • Carmen

    Sorry, Happy Easter!

    March 31, 2013

  • Estela P

    Sorry, I will be walking earlier on my own.

    March 30, 2013

  • Cee-Mobile Spa Dreams E.

    Sorry Lily, my family's Easter Celebration just got moved up to an earlier time; Have a great hike and Happy Easter to all!

    March 30, 2013

  • Evelyn

    Level 2--this will be my first post-injury hike. Not sure if I will do the whole hike...

    March 29, 2013

  • afarin s.

    It's once a year gathering in mason park in irvine persian new year celebration.

    March 26, 2013

  • Cee-Mobile Spa Dreams E.

    Level 2 please

    March 25, 2013

  • Carlyn B.

    I forgot it was Easter

    March 25, 2013

  • Lani

    Level 2 sounds good to me :-)

    March 25, 2013

  • Pauline N

    Level 2 please. Have a family event at 1. Thx.

    March 25, 2013

  • Sina

    Family thing came up; I won't be able to make it. Next time!

    March 24, 2013

  • Carlyn B.

    Level 3 please

    March 23, 2013

  • Pete

    Yes, this sounds like fun!

    March 20, 2013

  • Lily

    Pete, if you like to join me on this, let me know to announce. Thanks

    March 20, 2013

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