Whiting Ranch is a 1500-acre park with miles of oak covered creek trails, ridge lines and fast descents. This park is one of the most fun, and most attractive areas in the Orange County area. It is not one of the biggest, but does offer a wonderful variety of terrains.
Because of the easy and close entry to the trails, this park is also popular for hikersso watch out. The hikers are typically limited to the front side of the park leaving the back two-thirds open to mostly mountain bikes. A horse stable on Santiago road also has access to the park so care must be taken when horses are around.
The typical course direction is clockwise around the park. To help preserve safety here, I strongly suggest that you follow this direction. I have had my only two head-on collisions at this park from people not riding in the typical direction.
Information, Rides and Parks:
|Cactus Ridge Loop||Ride, Hard, Loop, Off-road, Distance: 6.8 miles, Gain: 710 feet|
|Whiting Loop||Ride, Intermediate, Loop, Off-road, Distance: 5.7 miles, Gain: 610 feet|
- Take the new Bake exit off of I-5, just at the El Toro "Y". Go east (inland) about 5 miles to Portola Parkway, turn left and go about a half mile. On your right you will see a Ralphs Shopping Center. Immediately past the center is a traffic light; turn right at the light and make an immediate left into the Whiting Ranch parking lot. Parking in the Ralphs lot is not technically legal, but we do it all the time. Park in the back of the lot if you do.
The parks entrance is past the parking lot and down the hill.
- Parking off Portola Parkway 1/4 mile west of Bake, just past the Ralphs Shopping center. No parking in Ralphs center. Alternate parking is 1 mile east of main parking on Portola.
- $2.00, requires exact change in an envelope
- Park Entrance (Sculpture Garden)
- Port-a-potties (yecch) below the parking lot on the way to the entrance.
- (714) 589-4729
- Special Notes:
- Park closed for 3 days after rain.