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cave entrance

cave entrance

This weeks hike was an easy hike with a big payoff!

The trail begins on a service road directly behind the Ranger Station. This is somewhat like the beginning of The Blackstar Canyon trail. After a short distance you pick up a single track trail, Aliso Canyon Trail, which will give you great views of the rolling hills and a hint of the geological wonders that lie within the park.

At the 1.5 mile mark you will reach a junction, go right, and proceed on Wood Canyon Trail. This trail is very popular with bikers so be aware of your surroundings because they come flying down the trail. Along the trail you will notice Cave Rock on your left. Save that trail for the way back! After .5 miles you will reach the junction with Dripping Cave trail go left for .5 miles until you reach the cave. The cave is none like I’ve seen in OC. It’s very large and appears to be next to a creek bed and is hidden behind a grove of trees. It’s no wonder why the Bandits used this as a hide out.

On our way back from Dripping Cave we decided to check out the Cave Rock Trail. Even though it was only .25 miles long it was one of my favorite parts of the hike. This trail has multiple caves and has wonderful views of the canyon. The trail meets back up with Wood Canyon Trail making for an easy return with an added bonus!
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cave rock trail

cave rock trail

cave rock trail

cave rock trail

cave rock trail

cave rock trail

• 5 miles round trip
• elevation gain 200ft
• caves
• Difficulty – Easy
• Time – 2.5 to 3 hours

Happy Trails,
Alex G

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