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Tijeras Creek Trail is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Rancho Santa Margarita, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until October.

Length 8.1 mi Elevation gain 682 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Rocky

No dogs

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Reviews (82)
Photos (94)
Recordings (75)
Completed (142)
Alejandra Guerrero
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HikingBugsOver grown

The trail is pretty moderate. Some ups, some downs. Overall pretty doable. There’s one spot that has huge killer spiders that are on cactuses so beware!! Also you get full signal on the hike!

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Carlos Martinez
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Erin Monet
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Hiking

Very pretty trail. Saw part of a tiny creek initially. Did not find a way/path to pass the creek as suggested by the map. So we followed along the creek and got back to the trail soon. Then saw a Few different creeks along, which were very nice. Then we traversed underneath the highway bridge. And saw backyard of few houses. last part was a beautiful creek. So overall it is fun. Lots of giant trees, bamboo. Highly recommended. Not hard.

Peter Charell
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Angie Lira
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Hiking

The trail is beautiful, tons of vegetation and birds. I loved the creek that runs by the trail. I had so much fun with my friend hiking this trail.

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Robbie-Ann Oliveira
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Hiking

If your looking for a peaceful walk, this is the trail for you . Walk along the path near the homes for a stroll or go down to the trail and walk along the shaded oak trees and enjoy the sounds of nature . You just hear birds and frogs in the evenings , it’s simply beautiful. It makes you feel like you are away from the city and just enjoying nature . It is peaceful and again there is snakes and poison ivy as well as mountain lions so If you take your kids just be aware and don’t let them get ahead of you . No dogs as it attracts the lions. All this beauty right in our own backyard - so blessed !

Anne-Laure Creve
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Shannon Alonso
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Hiking

Very easy trail. It rained on us the entire time and it actually maintained a lovely temperature. The bathrooms at the baseball park were a great help. We didn't see a mountain lion but we did see fresh prints of one walking behind us in the mud when we turned around.

Brenna Rue
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HikingBugsNo shadeRocky

Nice loop trail, hiked mid day. Very sunny, minor shade in areas, creek view, nice breeze.

Jack R.
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Hiking

Great trail! kind of secluded so don't go alone. plenty of shade, we enjoyed it and have done it a couple of times. potential for snakes and mountain lions, so come prepared.

Angie Lira
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Hiking

Easy trail! A lot of shade!

Angie Lira
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Hiking

Easy trail! Great views! We had so much fun...

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Mary Met
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Hiking

So why did I give this trail 3 stars...it's 5 stars for the area but 3 stars over-all compared to trails in found in California; very close to housing and toll road (which is a plus in some ways..like easy access). Very pretty area and very easy walk but I do see graffiti on the cement wash area. Nice rolling hills, oaks, lots of sage, thistle and all. Yes, there are cougars about so keep your eyes peeled but I can guarentee they see you and you may never see them. If there's large game, deer, then there are also the larger predators, like mountain lion. I carry pepper spray, but if a cat's stalking you (me!)...good luck! We had occurrences over 10 years ago in Whiting Ranch (not too far away) where one cyclist was killed and another nearly killed by mt lion so they are most certainly about. Did spot some Hen-of-the-woods on old oak logs (looked inedible). On this walk I didn't see much in the way of wildlife though...you'd have to sit quietly for a while!

Dj Payne
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it's an absolutely beautiful trail, came across some deer and a coyote. Like Brandi Rubin mentioned in her review of this trail, be careful and be aware of your surroundings, don't go alone, it is secluded in some areas, and has the potential for being dangerous. Bear spray or something similar is a good idea to have with you.

Brandi Rubin
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Was last on this trail in May and encountered a mountain lion. I hike alone. Was very scary, though I was fortunate in the fact that it could have cared less about me. It looked at me for about 2 seconds (which felt like forever) before sauntering off in the opposite direction of me. Needless to say this is a beautiful trail with many trees and a creek you cross, but this encounter left me scared. Hadn't hiked for a few months because of it. Am now back in full swing. A bit lonely of a trail if you have an emergency (snake bite/mauled by mountain lion /encounter a guy who will harm you) it is very secluded in many areas. Would not go alone next time.

Nathan Hayes
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Hiking

Great hiking trail, will definitely go back.

Mark Yraola
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Hiking
First to Review

Perfect for a quick easy hike. Went on a Monday morning and was very peaceful, not too much traffic. Only ran into some bikers. Easy to moderate trail.

Jim Heitzig
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Eric M.
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Mountain biking
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Terry Jackson
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Jill Castinetti
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Slavic Stolyarenko
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Lucas Lopez
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Mountain biking
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Carlo Sansonetti
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Allan Faragallah
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