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4-1/2 Mile Morning Hike; Sage Scrub Hill at Whiting Ranch

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  • Whiting Ranch- Serrano Trail Entrance (Portola Pkwy at Glenn Ranch near Wahoo's Tacos)

    27412 Portola Pkwy., Foothill Ranch, CA, 92610, CA (map)

    33.671513 -117.652962

  • We'll meet at the west edge ("Wahoo's end", not near the actual store) of the parking area by the ramp leading under the bridge
  • This is an out and back trip with a few hundred feet of elevation gain including a small hill on the turn around loop... There is some roll to this trail and it does climb slowly and steadily all the way to the base of the small hill (Sage Scrub trail). This is a good hike for people that are beginning to trail hike and want to see what it's like out there... Again, a casual hike isn't necessarily an easy one, it's all relative to the individuals, but as a rule this is about as easy as local hiking gets...

    Here's a link to the Whiting Ranch web page with a PDF park map for reference... The entire route is about 4-1/2miles... We'll enter the park on Serrano Road, then walk the Live Oak trail to the Serrano Cow trail, up to the beginning of the Sleepy Hollow trail, loop around Sage Scrub trail over the small hill and back out through Sleepy Hollow where we went in... This hike takes roughly an hour and 45 minutes to two hours to complete, depending upon all of the variables.

    These are beautiful and diverse trails among the live oaks and other trees... There are often deer and other animals to be seen, so bring cameras if you wish... a hiking pole can be helpful for balance and support, hiking shoes are recommended, but good walking shoes will do fine...

    There are no restrooms on the trail, but a few of the local businesses (Starbucks at least) do have them... and I think that's it... Okay then... See Ya' there...

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    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. 

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