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Red Rock Canyon at Whiting Ranch- 4 Miles R/T


Hiking to Red Rock Canyon at Whiting Ranch is a great way to spend a couple of hours outdoors. Here's a link to the park...  

Red Rock Canyon at Whiting Ranch

... It's about 4 miles round-trip, plus/minus 300 feet or so, and there are few very short and slightly steep places that some understandably opt to sit and slide down...  It's fun and quite manageable, I hope... I guess...??? That's the nature of hiking trails, they kind of have to follow the lay of the land, which is the point I suppose... Anyhow...

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We'll meet by this big 'sundial' looking thing by the trailhead (below)...... Please arrive a few minutes early if you need to use a restroom at a local business near by before we begin. There are two portable toilets at the trailhead and no facilities on the trail.

Plan for about two hours or so. Bring water, a hat, camera, etc... all of the normal things... Dogs are not permitted... As for the mountain lions, you'll need to be more concerned with mountain bikes than mountain lions, so don't worry about the latter too much... You have a much greater chance of seeing a deer, or stepping on a rattlesnake if you're not paying attention to where you're going while looking out for mountain lions, deer, or mountain bikes...

This is a fun hike on a very nice local trail to a very cool little box canyon and it is as easy and safe as hiking gets. The uneven ground is the biggest challenge for those not used to walking on trails. If you can 'power walk' (or whatever) for a good hour or so and have no major balance issues, you should have no problem at all doing this hike...

Okay then... any questions, please ask... Thanks

Basic Disclaimer- Keep Yourself Safe.

Even though we’re close to home, it’s still easy enough to get hurt out there, so, we are all adults here, unless you bring your kids with you, and we are all responsible for our own safety. This meet-up group and anyone in it is not responsible for your safety and makes no promise you are safe from natural dangers (and mountain bikes) while participating in a hike. Things like ticks and rattlesnakes are not uncommon (not a problem either, you just look out for them), plus all of the other normal outdoor dangers and precautions that come with any outdoor activity. Please know your abilities and your limits and keep yourself safe.

Okay then... We'll see Ya' then... Thanks.

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  • John G.

    Hi... I loaded all of the bobcat pictures into a photo album... https://www.meetup.com/Casual-Hikes-Orange-County/photos/27465013/ ... It looked like it was about 80 lbs while we were standing there watching it, so it's probably closer to 60, but that is still a darn big cat at 60 pounds...

    6 days ago

  • Tim

    you guts,Saw a bobcat?

    6 days ago

    • John G.

      Yeah....!!!!! Pretty cool... Second time in 20+ years, first time I got pictures...

      6 days ago

    • John G.

      not this morning... this is Woods Canyon this afternoon...

      1 · 6 days ago

  • John G.

    Great morning... Thank You...!!! Take care... See ya' all later...

    6 days ago

  • Andy

    Sorry John, I have to drop out. My mom is flying in for a visit.

    November 30

    • John G.

      Hi Andy... Is she a hiker...??? okay, maybe not... Enjoy your visit... See ya later...

      December 1

  • Cara

    Nm, just read no pups allowed...hopefully a more dog friendly hike will be coming up soon :)

    November 25

  • Cara

    Can't make it by 9, but I'm coming with my two pups at 10, so maybe I'll run into some of you lol! :)

    November 25

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