Description of Hike: Riley Wilderness Park is always in great shape and the trails in the park are well maintained by the people at OC Parks. It is one of the smaller wilderness parks at only 523 acres but it packs a punch. We hiked a loop using the Wagon Wheel Canyon Trail to the Oak Canyon Trail to the Mule Deer Trail to the Pheasant Run Trail back to the Wagon Wheel Canyon trail which is approximately a 3.5 mile loop. The elevation gain is minimal, approximately 300 ft. There are several trails at Riley Wilderness Park which means you can tailor your hike to how easy or difficult you want to make it. Park maps are also available at the trailheads. For a printable map of the hiking trails at Riley Wilderness Park click Here. For the Riley Wilderness Park brochure, click Here.
imals visiting the pond to get a drink. The best thing about Riley Wilderness Park is it has the most visible wildlife out of any of the OC Parks wilderness parks we have visited.
Riley Wilderness Park also has a Non-Profit organization that helps educate students and the community on the importance of wilderness open space preserves. They host a number of events throughout the year. Riley Wilderness Park also has a great nature center that is open mostly on the weekend with interactive exhibits as well as an outdoor butterfly garden. The nature center at Riley Wilderness Park is perfect for kids and is a must visit at Riley Wilderness Park. The view points along the trails in Riley Wilderness Park offer spectacular views of the Santa Ana Mountains and the greater Orange County area. Particularly, the view atop skink vista is very nice. Both Ashley and I highly recommend any hike in this Orange County Wilderness Park as it is in our opinion it offers the best day hiking in Orange County.
For more pictures of the Wildlife at Riley Wilderness Park click Here and Here.
Rating: Elevation Gain: 300 ft. (Easy), Distance: 3.5 Miles Roundtrip (Easy).