Santa Ana Mountains going through MissionViejo. Take OSO parkway through Ladera Ranch and pass the end of the 241 toll road. Just before you reach the entrance to Coto De Caza, the entrance to Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park is on the right hand side. Remember to bring 3 dollars for parking. Also, they have machines that accept credit cards. There is ample parking at this OC Parks parking area.
Here. Riley Wilderness Park also has a great Nature Center that is opening primarily on the weekends. They have a lot of interactive exhibits for hikers of all age to enjoy. For the Riley Wilderness Park brochure, click Here.
For the first time since Ashley and I have been going to Riley Wilderness Park, the pond had water in it. It was amazing to see what it looked like with water and we could tell that there had been a lot more water in there. I would imagine the water will still be there for another month.
Since we went on the weekend, we visited the nature center since it was open. If you are there while on the weekend a trip to the nature center is a great idea.
Rating: Elevation Gain: 300 ft. (Easy), Distance: 3.5 Miles Roundtrip (Easy).
Time to Complete Hike: 1 - 2 hours.
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