Arroyo Trabuco (dayhike)

SA Report: OCCNPS hits the Arroyo Trabuco trail

Trip Date: 11/17/13

Location: O'Neill Regional Park

Permit/Pass: Day use ($5), O.C. Parks Annual Pass ($55).

Trails: OC Parks Map, GTN Mileage Map

Directions: This is a one-way hike requiring a car shuttle. Park one car in the shopping center on Oso Parkway (28532 Oso Parkway), just before Antonio Parkway in Mission Viejo/Las Flores. Drive the other car to O'Neill Regional Park, via Antonio Parkway north, left on Santa Margarita, left on Plano Trabuco, follow street around to left turning into Trabuco Canyon, twists and turns several times, left into O'Neill Regional Park. Take the first right and park at the end where the road turns left.

Trail sequence: Arroyo Trabuco trail

Type: Shuttle

Distance: 6.3 miles

Elevation: Min. - 371', Max. - 866'

Rating: Easy-Moderate (considerations: distance, some rocky creek crossings)

Synopsis: An easy hike with a gradual descent through and adjacent to a wide alluvial plain and riparian treasure-trove. The water and mature oaks, sycamores and aspens support and shelter a varied and teeming bird life. Be prepared to get your feet wet in all seasons. During seasonal rains, trail may be unpassable: proceed with caution.


Arroyo Trabuco - O'Neill RP


Turn by turn:

  -- The trailhead is at the end of the far end of the parking lot. From there it is a straight-forward trail along the creek/riparian area. Continue on for about two miles. 

  -- Then the trail rises above the wide, tree-filled wash above and to the left for two more miles.

  -- The trail finishes in intermittent canopy of sycamore and willow. To ascend to the street level at Oso Parkway, first go under the large overpass, then turn right, go up and back under the overpass again, then turn left onto the concrete driveway up to Oso Parkway. Cross the overpass on the pedestrain walkway, enjoying one last view of the expanse of the Arroyo Trabuco and the Saddleback Peaks.


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