Los Angeles: Billy Goat Trail

Experience the many moods of the chaparral and wildflowers in bloom en route to an unnamed summit on this 6.8-mile hike in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park.

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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 5.5
  • Miles from city center: 51



Location: 33.686939239502, -117.629409790039

Trail begins on N side


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R @ Y nearing Serrano Creek; begin 2-mi. climb, winding through green grass, wildflowers, cactus, chaparral, and gigantic oak trees


Location: 33.6957359313965, -117.640975952148

Stay straight @ 3-way with Cactus Hill Trail


Location: 33.6963119506836, -117.640594482422

@ 4 corners, go L at 4-way intersection onto the trail marked water tank 1.0 mile


Location: 33.6961212158203, -117.644828796387

L @ 3-way onto Dreaded Hill Trail; ascend to overlook


Location: 33.6944847106934, -117.642356872559

Bench @ unnamed summit surveys the former pioneer ranch of Cañada de Los Alisos, today nearly 10,000 acres divided into a rejuvenating parkland and subdivision; return to WPT 2


Location: 33.6873588562012, -117.63655090332

R @ T; ramble through chaparral hillside to ridge crest


Location: 33.6859741210938, -117.64045715332

Overlook with vistas of deep, rolling creases of Santa Anas to N and tumultuous tide of Pacific to SW; retrace route to WPT 9; return to car


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Continue climbing SW along sinewy ridgeline


Location: 33.6938972473144, -117.640609741211

Trail bends NW along sloping, hilly edge; prepare for incline