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Vulture View Loop -- Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park (Intermediate - Level 2)

Sunrise to Sunset Hikers
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Jul 15 7:30AM - 9:30AM

This hike will take us through the eastern side of Whiting Ranch, along several trails with superb scenery and beautiful oaks. If we are lucky, we may see some mule deer in the forests. We will start at Wahoo's Fish Tacos on Portola Parkway, go under the bridge, take the Serrano Trail to a dog leg that will put us on the Live Oak Trail. From this point, we shall rejoin the Serrano Trail until we get to the Line Shack which we will climb to a point where we can look across to Dreaded Hill, to the northwest. After negotiating a steep hill (going down you will be glad that we took the Line Shack the way we did) we will follow the Whiting Road to the Sleepy Hollow Trail where we will take a brief rest. We will climb out of Sleepy Hollow via the Sage Scrub Trail, then connect to the Vulture View Trail where we will be treated to a magnificent view of the Saddleback and Dreaded Hill, now to the southwest. We will circle around via the Santiago Ranch Road back to Sleepy Hollow where we will take another water break in the shade before returning to our starting point at Wahoo's via the Serrano Trail.

This is an intermediate hike and may be suited for those who want a little conditioning before taking on greater challenges.

DETAILS

DISTANCE: The hike is about four to five miles over ascending terrain on the way to Vulture View and downhill all the way back to our starting point. The total trip should take us about two hours.

DIFFICULTY: We will climb two hills. Much of the rest of the hike is a gentle ascent through oak woodlands. The way back is downhill and mostly shaded. This hike is slightly less hard than the Dreaded Hill-Billy Goat Loop that we have taken on other occasions. Our early start will enable us to avoid the worst heat of the day.

GEAR: Bring a hat, ample water (2 bottles recommended), a snack, and appropriate hiking shoes. Photographers might want to bring a camera to capture the views. Trekking poles are not required, but they may be helpful.

FACILITIES: There are no facilities, so please go to the bathroom before you go. Hikers wishing to have a snack before they go may stop at Sunrise Bagels or coffee at Starbuck's. Remember that you have to pack your trash.


PETS: Pets are not allowed on the trails of Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park.

POST-HIKE: We can brunch at Wahoo's if it is open or grab a bagel at Sunrise Bagels.

DIRECTIONS: From the 5, take Lake Forest northeast about 5 to 6 miles to Portola Parkway. Turn right on Portola Parkway. At the second light, Glenn Ranch, turn right into the Wahoo's parking lot. Park in the lot across the way from Wahoo's near the office buildings.

If you are using the 241 Toll Road, take the Portola Parkway exit (not the Irvine one -- watch for the Whiting Ranch Wilderness signs) and make a left. At the first light -- which is Glenn Ranch -- turn left into the office and restaurant complex.


HIKE GUIDANCE:

1) Select hikes that are at your ability level. A sweep bearing a walkie talkie will bring up the rear.

2) Bring at least one bottle of water (16oz). Two bottles are recommended for this hike.

3) Heavy rain three days or less prior to hike cancels hike.

4) Wait at each trail crossing or turn-off for the rest of the group and the organizer.

5) Wear appropriate hiking clothes, a hat, and shoes.

6) Do not leave a fellow hiker behind without inquiring as to their condition.

7) You are responsible for your own safety.

8) No smoking on this or any other Sunset Hike

DISCLAIMER:

Group organizer and assistant organizers assume no liability; hike at your own risk. By being a member of this group you hereby agree to assume all risks and liability related to or resulting from any and all group functions. You agree that neither you nor any third party will hold any of the group's leaders, officers, or representatives liable for any injury, loss, or damage to your own person or any members of your family, friends, acquaintances, children, pets, or property, arising directly or as a consequence from a group activity. You also agree that your membership of this group is based on an "at will" basis.

How to find us:Joel will be wearing a psychedelic shirt. Cell phone: 949-683-9211

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