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Arroyo Trabuco Trail

 3.4 (7)
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7.7 Miles 12.3 Kilometers



58' 18 m


-625' -191 m



Avg Grade (1°)


Max Grade (6°)

897' 273 m


330' 100 m



All Clear 54 days ago
Mostly Dry History

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A peaceful, meandering creek-bed trail.

Phil Reyes


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Family Friendly: I saw many families on the trail.
Dogs: No Dogs

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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.


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Nov 5, 2017
David Trenkner
Sep 17, 2017
Russ Rubinstein
Fun ride today. Flowing clear streams. misty rain and cloudy. 7.7mi
Aug 14, 2016
Joel Taubel
Aug 10, 2016
David Sharky
Stream crossings. Nice steady ride
Jun 14, 2016
Cassie Capone
19.1mi — 1h 50m

Trail Ratings

  3.4 from 7 votes


  3.4 from 7 votes
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Nice and varied trail. Lots of nice short climbs punctuated by rapid descents. Mix of single track and fireroad and you can really go as long as you want. Fantastic training route, particularly if you are starting back in after a period of inactivity. Park at Cox Sports Park and drop right in! Dec 1, 2016
Jake Norman
Redondo Beach, CA
Jake Norman   Redondo Beach, CA
This is a long, mostly flat fire road. Shoes WILL get soaked on the many DEEP creek crossings. There were also some long, flat river rock sections which are awful. But I found some connected singletrack for a great out-and-back! It's called the Trabuco Trail, and it flows through the woods with swooping mounds and curves from the fire road to up near Oso & Antonio Pkwy - way more fun than fire rd. Feb 14, 2017
Beautiful time to go is now. Scenic, flowing water and not real busy. Trail right now has several creek crossings-you will get wet. Boulder fields are very manageable especially with 29's. Nice ups and downs, a few tight curves and overall not real difficult but fun. Good route if you haven't been on the bike in awhile. Mar 5, 2017

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