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Whiting Ranch Loop

Intermediate
 4.1 (52) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A basic loop with almost all the climbing in the first half and downhill for the rest.


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7.1

Miles

11.4

KM

30%

Singletrack

1,448' 441 m

High

786' 240 m

Low

690' 210 m

Up

685' 209 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

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Overview

99% of the mountain biking population calls this exact route "Whiting Ranch Loop", or just "Whiting" for short.

This is a great loop through Whiting Ranch that has many branches to create your own trail suitable to your enjoyment and fitness level.

Need to Know

There's a mountain Lion warning for this area. Be alert. It gets pretty busy on weekends so come early. Very popular with local hikers so be prepared to share the trail. You can only traverse Borrego Trail in one direction on a bike. If you want to return (ride the Borrego Trail backward to the starting point) you are supposed to walk your bike.

Description

Park in the shopping center across Portola Parkway. Cross Portola and start at Borrego Trail. Borrego Trail is a one-way, very slight gradual positive grade for approx. 2 miles. At the end of Borrego take the fork to the right up Mustard Road.

Mustard Road is a fire road that gets steep as you get further up it. The road is about .6 miles with around 350' of climbing. At the top you'll reach 4 Corners.

Begin a singletrack section by going down Cactus Hill Trail. At the first fork in the road, continue right down Sleepy Hollow Trail. Take the next fork right at Serrano Cow Trail. Meet up with Live Oak Trail or Serrano Creek Trail and continue until you're back to Portola Pkwy. The last .75 miles, head west on Portola to get back to where you parked.

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Thomas Biard

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  4.1 from 52 votes

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  4.1 from 52 votes
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Just the downhill portion of the Whiting Loop
Sep 24, 2020 near Portola…, CA
Whiting Ranch Loop Ride
May 2, 2021 near Foothil…, CA
Whiting Ranch
Dec 23, 2015 near Portola…, CA
A nice breeze at the top of the Luge.
Dec 14, 2017 near Portola…, CA
2014-10-11 Whiting Ranch Poker Ride hosted by OC Parks and Oakley
Oct 14, 2016 near Portola…, CA
Whiting ranch loop & Cactus
Apr 27, 2021 near Foothil…, CA

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Check-Ins

Apr 24, 2021
Dave Gregg
Added The Luge, and other stuff. Trails are great right now. 21mi — 3h 00m
Oct 4, 2020
Vaugh D
7h 40m
Aug 2, 2020
Wooyoung Choi
7h 00m
Jul 19, 2020
Levi Chapman
10/10
Jan 3, 2020
Pablo H.
7.2mi — 1h 39m
Dec 29, 2019
j grant
Oct 30, 2019
Jacob Hughes
9h 00m
Aug 25, 2019
Bob Monticupo