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Whiting Ranch

Average Rating:    (3.79 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 33

Loop with about 800 feet of climb, rocks, roots, V-dips, a choice of single track downhill or fire road downhill.
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Latitude
33.68092541950744
Longitude
-117.66443252563476
Trail Directions
Exit Interstate 5 at Lake Forest Drive and head east for 4-5 miles until you get to Portola Ave. Go left on Portola, past Bake Ave. and turn into the Ralph's parking lot on the right hand side. Towards the far left end of the parking lot you will see the entrance to the park and designated parking. Make sure you put money in the box or it can cost you a big fat ticket.
Trail Length
8 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Irvine
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Review Date
January 27, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Steve ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a good beginner/Intermediate trail. The trails are wide, speed can be found, and once you get to know the downhill sections lots of jumps and air can be found : ) : )

Recommended Route:
This is my backyard trail, and I get there from my driveway without having to jump into a car. Most head up from Ralphs, but there is also official Whiting Ranch Pay parking at the entrance next to USA Gas. I would consider this to be a great beginner/intermediate trail~or even something to just stay in shape on. You start up Borrego Trail which is a good warm up for whats to come. Then you come to a fork, but either way you're on Mustard. If you're in good shape, go left at Mustard for about 75 yards and a quick right Cattle Pond Loop for a fun bonus which I consider extra credit that still drops you off on mustard and then to the climb part: ) If you go right at the fork you'll still be on Mustard and shortly their after on the climb part which can be a stinger if your legs are not up to snuff. Once you peak the first climb you'll be at four corners where a lot of folks take their first rest. I recommend from there to go right, up another climb called Dreaded Hill, and then you will satisfy your need for speed on the way down. Option #2 is from Four Corners continue straight behind the wooden fence for about 30 yards and then left onto the infamous Cactus which is nowhere the trail it used to be before the fires. You don't have to turn left on Cactus if you don't want, but rather go straight and get a little more speed rush than on Cactus. Generally from there you end up on either Serrano or Serrano Cow Trail and out of the park.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The Luge
Aliso Woods



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Review Date
September 22, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Von Zipper ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I came here expecting a review after the wildfires that devestated Whiting last year, and I was suprised to see no reviews. Whiting has a different look now, with reworked and new trails. From the parking lot at Ralphs up to "Cattle Pond" it's pretty much the same...but expect lots of sand. My first time back was frustrating with all the sand, but after a couple of climbs ya get used to it. Some of the new trails cut in below "Cactus" are pretty fun, but beware of deep silt in spots. Overall the same Whiting experience......with a few new trails and a whole lot less vegetation.

Recommended Route:
I usually start from Ralphs and head up, going left at Cattle Pond then right at the top, back down to Mustard. Up Mustard to Four Corners and a quick break, then down and make a left at "Cactus". Cactus is all new now, but it's still a relatively easy single track that ends too quickly. At the bottom go right, make a small climb, then head left to the very top of Whiting. If you don't feel like climbing just go straight and look for "Sleepy Hollow" on the right. This once closed trail is now open, but the sketchy stair section has beed removed. If you go to the top of Whiting just pick a single track and head down for your reward. Beware of all the MTB ladies at the bottom! I ran into packs of them a weekend ago. Good to see them out there.

For something different ride Whiting backwards and head up from Wahoo's...sketchy, but fun.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Aliso Creek
241/ Oso Illegal Trails
Wood Canyon
Newport Coast



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Review Date
February 3, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Chris Pringle ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Visited Whiting Ranch the weekend of 31 January, 2004. The park just reopened from the the mountain lion attacks in early January. We found quite a few mountain bikers, hikers and a couple of park rangers walking the park. We got a map and followed some of the trails. After one mile from our start, we ended up on "Dreaded Hill" which is one of the toughest climbs I have done in my life. It's not technical but it is very steep and loooong. I ride 4 times a week and I'm in pretty good shape. Let me tell ya... this climb kicked my a**! I think it didn't help that I wasn't even warmed up when we got assaulted by that hill! However, we found out afterwards that there was a 14 mile loop that doesn't even go through Dreaded Hill. It borders the perimeter of the park (which is not a huge area.)
As far as the trails go, they were really packed and smooth. You really need to watch your speed coming down as you can go really fast. You'll love the change of scenery every 10 minutes or so. The views on top are fabulous!

Recommended Route:
Get a map and follow the trails that border the perimeter of the park or ride with someone who knows these trails.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Marshal Canyon in LaVerne/San Dimas. It's about 45 mins. away from Irvine.



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Review Date
September 4, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Jared Johnson ,  Weekend Warrior , from Huntington Beach, CA

Summary:
For those saying that his ride sucks, I say that it rocks!! It may not be the best ride, but it is a lot of fun. It's like riding Colossus at Magic Mountain. It isn't the most thrilling ride but its a classic. Why? Because a beginner can have fun, an intermediate can have fun, and if you are so advanced that you can't have fun on this ride then join a pro team. My guess is that those who rate it poorly did not take Cactus. With speed, that can be as fun as it comes. I give two hearty thumbs up!!

Recommended Route:
Cactus! Cactus! Cactus!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
others



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Review Date
January 20, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Softcoconut , from Four Corners

Summary:
This is a beautiful ride with w/o the mountains. Mild intermeadiate at best. Ride this one with all your bro's and gal's of different abillitys. I ride quiet and slow and see mid day deer.

Recommended Route:
The one that ends at a cold beer.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
board walk



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