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Arroyo Trabuco Trail is a 16.4 mile moderately 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.

Distance: 16.4 miles Elevation Gain: 967 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly


horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers


historic site

no dogs

Please note Ladera Ranch County Regional Trail Park is dog friendly. However, dogs are now allowed past the red gates to the Arroyo Trabuco portion fo the trail.

1 day ago

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.

beautiful hike following the creek bed, with sections that make you forget you are in an urban areas.

5 months ago

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

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.

washed out
6 months ago

Very rocky since the rains making it difficult to run.

washed out
7 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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.

7 months ago

Cool creek twisting through... shade, not a hard hike. Not steep. I got stung by a bee tho

8 months ago

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

11 months ago

While the scenery is nice, this is really a trail for biking. It is not difficult walk, but on four separate occasions you have to cross over the creek. Unless one is uber agile, you are going to get your feet wet. Also, the start of the trail is a literally on the other side of the parking lot of where google maps will take you. Park close to the Taco Bell.

Friday, October 05, 2018

I really like this trail, I usually run to Santa margaritas from Ladera Ranch at weekend

Monday, June 11, 2018

awesome, easy, shade!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Occasional bikers. (I was one of them til I broke a couple bones—twice!)

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Great trail. Long and challenging. Many hills of various sizes. Runs along golf course, peaceful and quiet. Many lookout rest points along the trail. No shade.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

i love this trail ... its a BEAUTIFUL HIKE❤❤❤

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

No parking by the trail. You need to park at the shopping center...

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Great loop. Mid->Hard level. Latter half of the loop is all hills. 6.2 miles in 2 hrs 20 mins. Recommend in morning or late afternoon - as the isn't a lot of shade.

Friday, June 23, 2017

went for a hike a couple weeks ago on a beautiful morning before it got too warm. nice easy trails (until you got to the hills...I don't like hills...).

Thursday, February 23, 2017

This is a great trail for a day hike. You can start and stop/turn-around at many different places along the way. I started near Tijeras Creek GC and turned around at the O'neil Park boundary. There are many places to stop along the creek and explore. My total hike was 6 miles.

mountain biking
Thursday, December 01, 2016

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!

Saturday, October 15, 2016


Friday, September 09, 2016

I walk to this trail from my home. Nice walking/running trail with water at times. See deer almost every time.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Close to home. Run up to O'Neil regional park from near Santa Margarita is very easy.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Was good, was my first time it was not bad, sure next time will run more distance.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Great hike with river crossing

Friday, August 07, 2015

The trail is part of O'Neill Park now. Dogs are not allowed even on a leash. If you access it from the Beebe park trailhead and take it all the way to the Sendero loop near Ortega Hwy. it is 18 miles out and back.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The map is out of date. There is now a well established trail on the west side of the creek that is not shown on the map. Some sections of this trail are single track and other sections are maintenance road (dirt).

mountain biking
Saturday, August 24, 2013

Very nice ride but driving directions are a little off. Park at COX park for easy access

Sunday, July 10, 2011

I live in this area and hike this trail all the time. There are many things to see, creek is all year, several small waterfalls, beautiful trail with huge oak trees. I have seen several huge Bucks and does with fawns, differant snakes, and kinds of other wildlife including foxes. this is an easy hike for all family members. Beware though some of the trails hvae had severe erosion from all the rain from this last winter storms.

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