Bell Canyon- Oso Trail Loop

HARD 9 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 best used from March until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
515 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Off Ortega Highway

hiking
28 days ago

Hiked this loop trail in pleasant 85F weather on a Monday afternoon. As a result, I didn't encounter another soul which was a pleasant surprise. The trail is rated by AllTrails as difficult but I think moderate is more accurate. There is a fairly steep climb on Oso Trail but not too difficult. You are rewarded with some nice views over the park from up there, especially back toward Santiago and Modjeska peaks in the distance.

Be sure to bring enough water/sunscreen and wear a hat. You are exposed to the sun for significant portions of this hike. There are a few places with loose rocks and/or sand where footing can be tricky. Hiking boots are recommended. Overall, this was a very pleasant hike where you can work up a sweat and get your heart beating a bit.

10 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.

Monday, August 22, 2016

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.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

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Monday, March 25, 2013

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!!

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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.

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Sunday, January 06, 2013