Arroyo Trabuco Trail is a 16.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Ladera Ranch, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length16.4 miElevation gain967 ftRoute typeOut & back
kid friendlyHikingHorseback ridingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingRunningRiverViewswild-flowersWildlifeHistoric siteNo dogs
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Cloud Sky
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Mountain bikingGreat!
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Jeff Heald
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David Vazquez
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Awesome

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DJ Goodman
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Mountain bikingGreat!

I mountain biked this trail and found it to be very fun. There were about 8-10 stream crossings (each way), hills, sand, rocky areas, a short paved area, and moderately shaded most of the way. There is plenty of wildlife in this area too. Today, I seen a coyote and a red-tailed hawk. I consider myself a novice mountain biker and only had trouble on two hills where I got off the bike and huffed it up the hill. Enjoy!

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Mitchell Hein
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Mountain biking

This was a pretty great trail, but in terms of biking, I’d only recommend it for thrill seekers. There are lots of rocks on the trail along with very steep uphills and downhills and a few stream crossings. There are lots of side routes so make sure to keep good track of where you’re going. All in all, I had fun; I just had to cut my ride short cause it was getting dark.

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Andre Bergeron
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HikingGreat!

Fantastic trail. It says moderate but my 6 year old hiked with me without a single complaint or asking to rest once. Plenty of shade through out the hike. Beautiful scenery.

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Suni Murata
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Christos Vozikis
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Mountain bikingGreat!Off trail
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Luke Mahlstadt
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HikingNo shade

Mellow walk with mixed flats and minor hills. Good for family walk but great for mountain bike cruise (if that’s your thing). Water access in creek but not sure how safe it is to drink?

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Chris Ogan
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Hiking

I sent my wife and girlfriends to this trail for an “easy” ride. They Didn’t get far as description says it’s only 967 feet of elevation gain. Apparently that doesn’t take into account the ups and downs of the numerous hills that they encountered. Therefore if you looking for an easy relatively flat trail this one is not for you, however if you like lots of hills you may enjoy it more. hikers apparently came back panting and very tired. I’d write this trail as Moderat to strenuous versus easy. Otherwise I heard it was great.

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Kendra Motoyasu
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Gene Seddon
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Mountain biking

Fun trail !! Stay down in the canyon !!! Lots of streams and single track !!! Not a beginner trail !! But really fun

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Clayton Barnes
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Hiking

I don't know what hills some of these reviews are referring to. There aren't any unless you take the creek loop, which is not what this page is referring to. The only "challenging" parts are a few creek crossings. More people than usual on the trail but not enough to make it unpleasant. I've ran across deer, coyotes, and various snakes along the trail. Even ran across a snake while crossing the creek. Nice easy hike that you can break up into sections or go different directions. I've gone from the start in O'neill park all the way to Cox Park in Ladera. Trail appears to continue past that or joins with another trail. I'll have to check that out one day. I will say the last section from Oso to Crown Valley is pretty boring. Lots of bikers on the trail as well.

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Brianna Shults
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HikingNo shadeWashed out
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elisa beasley
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Amy Broadhead
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HikingNo shade

Beautiful views on this one but super hilly! Definitely an advanced hike. I am in decent shape and had to stop multiple times to rest.

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Julian Beauchamp
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RunningBugsMuddy

It’s a cool trail but I would recommend biking through it there are long “walks” on this trail. Didn’t see much nature but a lot of bikers.

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Carlo Sansonetti
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Mountain biking

Getting into mountain biking after a long time, this trail allows you to take it easy and or challenge yourself, plenty of options. It’s really cool to pass creeks, as you will find 3 or 4 along the way.

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Rocky Gambina
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Hiking

Only thing moderate in difficulty is the length. The initial south entrance has some elevation but it’s short in distance. Some streams to cross. It’s possible to walk along logs and rocks to stay dry but I advise some water resistant shoes.

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Dennis Bang
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Hiking

Easy walk. Short grade at end. End at Tijeras Creek Golf Club

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Jonathan Reddekopp
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Hiking

Parked at Cox Sports Park off Crown Valley. Starting there took about a mile off round trip if you started at the map start in Ladera. Walk down the dirt path toward the mountains behind the houses and then drop down a small trail when the path turns right at the end of the houses. Most of the trail is wide and easy to follow. There are about eleven water crossings of various sizes but there are rocks or logs placed across so you can stay dry. Very little elevation change but it is a long walk if you go the whole way. The nice thing is that at the half way point where you turn around to come back the way you came, there are picnic tables and a clean restroom and water. It is in Oneil Park so a very nice place to take a break. There can be a lot of bikes on the trail but most will call out so you know they are coming. You will not believe you are in the middle of Mission Viejo since you really dont see that many houses. Feels like you are way out there. Nice hike.

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Yvonne Kunz
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HikingRockyWashed out

Very rocky since the rains making it difficult to run.

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Jacqui Thompson
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HikingWashed out

This was a beautiful trail. Did nine miles total. Part under bridge washed out. Had to find other ways around and back to trail. Trail ended at apartments and will go back later to continue figuring out how to get back on trail from there. Many parts so gorgeous beyond words. Narnia when it’s green! Want to learn how trail continues all the way to Santa margarita. Didn’t have time.

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Jacky Reyna
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Walking

it's a great hike beautiful nature scenery I usually go to Cox Park and this time I was going to go to the trail I parked at Cox Park and decided to walk under the bridge to get to the trails as I am turning to continue walking towards the entrance of the trail a bobcat jumps out as I look at it it runs back into the bushes and I decided to walk back to the park but just so everybody knows the Bobcat was on the bridge side not in the trail,it was hiding right before you start the trail.

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Sarah Conroy
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Hiking

Great hills and views Trail goes on forever basically Medium difficulty if you don’t like hills Ladera Ranch County Regional Trail park is dog friendly but passing the red gates to the Arroyo Trabuco part of no dogs allowed

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