Apr 7, 2013 · 8:30 AM
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Time to visit one of the more popular hikes this group does. Always a fun hike and it should be great for picture taking this time of year.
Highlights: Sandstone wind caves, meadows, bird watching, wildflowers,
Distance: 5 1/2 miles. Half asphalt and half dirt.
Elevation Gain: 290 feet
Hike Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy, Well maintained trail
Hike Type: Out and Back
Summary: Expensive housing tracts overlooking this open space and bikers humming up and down the main trails dilute the wilderness feel of this popular south Orange County regional park. If you're looking for a family hike that leads to an interesting destination, however, this may be your best pick.
Spring and autumn are the best seasons for this stroll, though if you leave early in the day or in the late afternoon, summer visits may also prove pleasant. Erosion by wind and water formed the shallow caves you'll see in Wood Canyon. Stagecoach bandits used massive Dripping Cave as a hideout: you can still see the holes that they bored into the rock and the heavy soot residue from their fires on the topographically ridged ceiling.
Shade and drinking water are scarce. Come prepared.
The trail itself is a 5 1/2 mile out and back course and stays pretty flat the whole way. For those who want to feel a little bit of burn, there are a few splits from the main trail that provide elevation and a little bit of a workout before rejoining the main trail.
Please note the above review where it says shade and drinking water are scarce. Plan to bring your own water, and a hat as you see fit. Bring a camera for the cave if you like.
Parking costs $3 and the machine takes dollar bills.
Get Out There, Orange County, and explore the areas you always drive past.