Description of Hike: There are many hiking trails from easy to strenuous to hike in Caspers Wilderness Park. A map of Caspers Wilderness Park's hiking trail system can be found Here. Ashley and I took the Bell Canyon Trail all the way to the end at the Starr Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary. At that point we returned following the Bell Canyon Trail to the Star Rise Trail and turned off on the Oak Trail which took us back to the parking lot via the Nature Loop Trail. The hike was approximately 4 miles with approximately 200 feet of elevation gain. This hike is an out and back hike in the heart of Bell Canyon along a well maintained dirt hiking trail. Caspers Wilderness Park has many hiking options and you can make your hike as easy or as strenuous as you would like to. Make sure you print out a map or pick one up at the gate entrance.
Further Thoughts: Ashley and I really enjoyed be able to visit Caspers Wilderness Park as it was beginning to rain. It brought a whole new perspective to us regarding the beauty and rugged nature of Caspers Wilderness Park. Fortunately, the rain did not begin to get heavy until we were almost back to the car. It just goes to show you that when hiking in the wilderness you need to always be prepared for a change in weather conditions.
This park has a lot wildlife in it. The ground is virtually covered with all types of tracks from deer to mountain lions. Caspers also has a nature center that is open on the weekends. It is also a location that is known for having good wildflowers after a wet rainy season in Southern California. This park is truly a gem in Orange County. Bell Canyon is a beautiful area that is lined with lush Coast Live Oak Trees and Sycamore trees. This hike gives you a feeling of being miles away from civilization.
Rating: This Wilderness Park has multiple trails and different hiking options. You can make your hike as easy or as difficult as you like. Our Hike: Elevation Gain: 200 ft (Easy), Distance: 4 Miles Roundtrip (Easy).
Time to Complete Hike: 1.5 - 2.5 hours.
MORE TRAIL WRITE-UPS ON CASPERS WILDERNESS PARK
Bell Canyon Trail (This Post)
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