Trabuco, Bell, Yeager Loop Trail

MODERATE 6 reviews
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Trabuco, Bell, Yeager Loop Trail is a 8.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Temescal, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.4 miles
2700 feet

dogs on leash



nature trips



19 days ago

this one is a butt kicker and should not be done on a hot day or a beginner. the first section of Trabucco is great and pretty easy with a gradual climb, once you hit Los Pinos it gets a bit steeper but nothing too major. the butt kicker is coming down bell and yearger. it is SUPER steep, very loose terrain like sandy beach loose and you will end up on your butt, walking sideways, falling and possible poison oak. We got all of the above and it puts a lots of stress on your knees. It is very narrow and tree branches hitting you in the face. I loved the first 3/4 hated this section and it was about 4 miles of this. You keep saying "Are you kidding me" just when you thought you were done here comes another section. it is full of shade most the way but the bugs came out in this area. the trail is not marked once you hit Los Pinos peak so you have to really pay attention or you can miss it especially once you get to the meadow and ring the bell. One you ring the bell take a few steps backward to the trail on your right and follow it back into the forest.

27 days ago

Beautiful hike with some amazing views at the top. Went on an overcast day and the cloud cover on the mountain made portions of the hike feel like an enchanted forest. The first half to the top wasn’t too difficult and we made good time. The second half of the loop was another story. The review written by Amy Morrissey is spot on. The Yeager portion of the trail is no joke- areas with super steep inclines and extremely loose dirt (like potting soil loose), side stepped most of the way, fell a few times, slid down a few times on hands and feet or straight up on my behind. I’ll definitely go back again but most likely just to the top and back down.

3 months ago

Nice scenery, quite empty, good for dogs. Second half is little bit challenging - since it’s targeted for bicyclists.

6 months ago

The trail head is a bit farther than the Holy Jim parking lot with a few spots to park. It’s marked as Horse-thief trailhead where you start. It’s a lot easier than Holy Jim according to some friends who have done both.

This was an awesome hike. I did this hike in December and the weather was perfect. The first third of the trail was pretty open and exposed so bring sunscreen. I didn’t see any other hikers the entire trek, just a few mountain bikers. Though the trail was rarely marked and there was no cell service it was easy enough to figure out where to go. The accent felt very mild it wasn’t too steep.

The Bell Canyon section of the trail was more narrow and less maintained but still pretty, with much more shade. It was a lot more green than I would have expected without a recent rain.

The Yeager portion of the trail was pretty wild. It was a steep decent through very loose dirt. I fell a few times and spent most of that portion in a side stance trying to do a semi controlled slide down the hill.

I had never hiked in this area before but I totally enjoyed the views from the Divide Road and the peak. There was also geocache boxes at the peak with little notes which was cute. I will be back to do this hike in the Spring for sure.

4 months ago

Saturday, June 29, 2013