“A peaceful, meandering creek-bed trail.
— Phil Reyes
Family Friendly: I saw many families on the trail.
This is an easy and beautiful trail following Trabuco Creek, if you want something a little slower. Some parts of the trail are doubletrack and some are singletrack. You'll traverse varying types of terrain including meadows, forests, and wet/dry, rocky creek beds. There are several points where the trail intersects the creek and if there is water in it (normally winter/spring), you may get a little wet.
While most of the trail is easy, there is one section of the trail near Santa Margarita Parkway that gets mildly difficult with small and medium-sized rocks. It only lasts for a bit so just power on through it. Note that if you start at O'Neill Park as an out-and-back, it's almost imperceptible that you are losing elevation, though you'll need to make it all up going back or just start further south.