Bell Canyon- Oso Trail Loop

HARD 4 reviews
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Bell Canyon- Oso Trail Loop is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Juan Capistrano, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.

4.6 miles 515 feet Loop



nature trips

trail running


horseback riding


wild flowers


Off Ortega Highway

2 months ago

This trail was a tough and beautiful climb. I would not recommend taking San Juan Creek trail back. San Juan Creek trail is next to the highway, so it is very noisy.

4 months ago

Really tough climb, but well worth it for the amazing views from the top. The climb once at the Oso trail is pretty steep. Gotta be in good shape to complete this hike.

3 years ago

Intense!!!! The most intense incline I've experienced so far. It's all at once so be prepared. The hike ends up being around 12 miles. An excellent workout!! Not too much shade, be sure to bring your sunblock, hat and water!!

3 years ago

The trailhead can be quite busy, but you quickly find yourself in the more secluded parts of the park. You wind through lush foliage, through open stream beds and ultimately out into the exposed open brush of the hillsides.
Overall a solid hike, with some steep sections, and respectable views.