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Rancho Ortega Blog discusses matters of public interest in South Orange County, including the communities of San Juan Capistrano, Ladera Ranch and Rancho Mission Viejo.

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Trail Guide: Sendero Loop Trail

Recently, while Don Juan Ortega was out on one of his evening constitutionals, he happened upon a new trail marker that he hadn’t previously seen before. It seems that the trail elves at the Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo have been busy. Two new trails have been built that now connect the Village of Sendero [...]

Step by Step Instructions for Summiting Saddleback

Orange County Register columnist David Whiting has published a detailed article that will be a great resource for anyone who lists climbing Saddleback as one of their New Year’s resolutions.

Complete Guide to Summiting Saddleback

Saddleback Mountain with Lake Rancho Santa Margarita in the foreground (image credit: Wikipedia)


Caspers Wilderness Park Trail Map and Photos

We love Caspers Wilderness Park, and we think it’s one of the best things about living in South Orange County. For your convenience, we’ve added the Caspers Trail Map to our Documents tab on the right sidebar. You can also access a nice photo set on Flickr here.

Trailhead at Caspers Wilderness Park


Ladera Ranch Trail Map

Ladera Ranch Trail Map