Hike Borrego Canyon to Red Rock Canyon Trails

Borrego Canyon Trail Head

Beautiful hike culminating in stunning red rock canyons in the southern part of Orange County. Great scenery close to all of the wonderful activities Orange County has to offer.

Just south east of the city of Irvine, on the southern end of Orange County, is the scenic Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. Don't let the newly developed shopping centers restaurants fool you, because just beyond the parking lot ($3 Daily Use Fee) of the Borrego Canyon Trailhead, you will find yourself surrounded by nature and wildlife galore. 

Right after a good rain the trails are a bit muddier than most hiking trails in the area as it is a natural runoff from the top of the canyons. Follow the Borrego Trail about a mile and a half or so before the trail splits to the left and right. Take the trail to the right and follow that along another hundred yards before you see the trail marker for Red Rock Canyon. This portion to the heart of the canyon is a little more than a half a mile. The canyon offers some really cool scrambling and exploring opportunities. The higher you are able to hike, the better the view back down the canyon and beyond to the small town of Foothill Ranch.

Note: Horse back riding and mountain biking is also available on part of this trail 

Pack List

  • Water 
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Sun protection
  • Camera
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RT Distance 4.2 Miles
Elevation Gain 500 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Overall rating: 

Leaves much to be desired.

Hike is easy and chill. Great for children and leashed pets! The canyon that the trail ends in is... not as red as all the pictures make it out to be. And it's really not THAT impressive. But it's still a nice little walk.

Great Trail

Very well maintained trail. Easy & relaxing hike. No gates, so you can leave past dark.

Pretty Hike

Relatively easy and very pleasant hike, it takes about 2 hrs. It does get pretty hot so bring plenty of water; well, it did not help starting around 2 pm in July :p Really glad this beauty has been preserved from the house developing around!


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