Riley Park Loop
ElevationAscent: 485' 148 m
Descent: -490' -149 m
High: 796' 243 m
Low: 508' 155 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
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“A loop that uses almost all of the trails in the park.”— John McKinney
Parking fees are $3 per car, daily.
At 1.2 miles, take a right to continue ascending up to Skink Vista Point via Vista Ridge Trail. At the point, you can see the crest of the Santa Ana Mountains. Backtrack to the junction and take a right onto Oak Canyon Trail to head south. Sometimes you'll see wildlife at an old cattle pond on the east side of the trail.
Turn right onto Horned Toad Trail and follow it out the the Horned Toad Vista Point overlooking Orange County. Continue on the trail, turning right to continue following Oak Canyon Trail. At the next junction, take a right onto Sycamore Loop Trail through an old sycamore grove. Right again onto Oak Canyon Trail as it turns north and leads back to the trailhead.
Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.
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Land Manager: OC Parks - Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park