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GOT-OC Hiking to Dripping Cave

  • 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.

 

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  • Bob O.

    Another great hike made possible by Lance!

    April 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you, Lance, for the hike today....it was a beautiful hike...

    April 7, 2013

  • Laura S

    Another big THANK YOU Lance for organizing a great hike! Great weather! Great group of friendly hikers! (But who was that guy with the broken hockey stick???) Eric!?!???

    April 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you for organizing this awesome hike Lance! I can't believe the trail is less than 10 minutes from my house and I had never been to it! Is the 6.05 miles counting all the going back and forth that you did to keep the group together? :-) This was by far the BEST HIKE I have been to in the past few months, since I started hiking. Thank you again!

    April 7, 2013

  • Tracy

    Thanks Lance!

    April 7, 2013

  • Brenda

    Perfect weather for a hike. Thanks Lance!

    April 7, 2013

  • Lance

    Map my hike says we did 6.05 miles. Can't wait to see the pictures. Thanks for coming out on a great hiking morning

    1 · April 7, 2013

  • Pamela

    Sorry, still sick!

    April 7, 2013

  • Meng S.

    Sorry, can't make up. Enjoy.

    April 7, 2013

  • PLA

    Lancey, can't go after all, have to be at the studio at 12 pm. I will attend the next hike!

    April 7, 2013

  • Jonnie

    Okay, I haven't been hiking with you guys in three weeks...so if I'm moving slow just don't leave me behind on the trails for the coyotes to feast on...lol. See you in the morning

    April 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Your herd is now less one...working this entire weekend. :(

    April 6, 2013

  • Tanya

    looks like fun kind of early morning for me but i am going!

    April 6, 2013

  • Lance

    Looks like we have a whole herd of hikers going. Parking area is on amwa just past aliso creek, by the latter day saints church. if you can't find us give me a call[masked]

    April 6, 2013

  • Bonnie M.

    So can kids go?

    April 4, 2013

    • Lance

      Yes they can Bonnie, as long as they can make it. I don't generally run a killer fast pace on this trail

      April 4, 2013

  • Bonnie M.

    I have lived here forever and didn't know about any caves. I'm excited to see them.

    1 · April 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bringing my +25

    April 4, 2013

  • Linda W.

    Sorry I can't attend, because I think it would be really fun. But, my beautiful grandaughter has a vollyball tournament, and I've also been there to support her.

    April 1, 2013

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