Trabuco Creek Road

MODERATE 49 reviews
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Trabuco Creek Road is a 10.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Trabuco Canyon, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

10.8 miles
895 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving


off road driving
1 month ago

Did a day and night run last weekend (12/3/17) in a stock 1997 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport. Although bumpy as heck, the majority of the trail was quite mild and very accessible to 2wd and factory height cars as we saw a Toyota Prius, Mini Cooper and Infiniti G35 Sedan among the trails as well! There are several "side quests/challenges" that would serve some 4x4 fun along with Holy Jim trail, but not so sure our little Subie could tackle it without a lift and some good rubber! Great trail for beginners and relaxed trail cruising!

3 months ago

Long, relatively boring hike to the trailhead for the Holy Jim trail. Be prepared that people in vehicles will be blowing by, driving to the trailhead.

off road driving
3 months ago

This is a road that a prius could easily travel down. There are very short side trails covered in trash weaving back and forth from the main road to the other side of the river bed. But they are all 2wd accessible..

off road driving
4 months ago

simple dirt road, good for an outing if you live close by. watch out for enduro riders and vehicles going way way too fast. Before the Cleveland forest part there is an area of short trails that are more challenging good place to practice.

off road driving
5 months ago

Drove in my BMW and I never seen so many jeep drivers turn their head all in one direction...

off road driving
7 months ago

Is this trail only for street legal vehicles or OHV (Green or Red sticker) are also allowed?

11 months ago

this trail is bad ass the first mile is all dirt there's some cool bumps of dirt and little hills for off road cars and trucks after that one mile you enter a Forest so beautiful you park your car and start walking alone the creek till the trail stops !!! awesome

11 months ago

can someone tell me if this place lets you off road now

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Just an FYI for anyone who doesn't follow the Trabuco Ranger District closure page. This road is now limited to residents only due to several severe mud slides yesterday that took the road out and buried several cars. According to the TRS (Trabuco ranger station) this road will be closed until further notice and access to Holy Jim/ Horsethief Canyon will be limited to North Main Divide road (which is also closed for the winter) so as of now, Holy Jim is inaccessible from either direction.

Monday, December 12, 2016

The ACTUAL Trabuco Canyon Trail is gorgeous. The track that is depicted here is for Trabuco Creek Road, the horrible road to the trail head. Literally. The end of this road/track is the trail head. Then take the trail 1.7 miles where it splits. Trabuco Canyon Trail is to the right, Horsethief trail to your left. if doing the loop, go UP Horsetheif and down Trabuco. Horsethief has a lot of sun exposure, no shade, steep and lots of loose rock (sketchy on way down). Trabuco Canyon trail is primarily under the gorgeous trees, although some exposure. Seriously, this track should be removed. it is not helpful to anyone.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

I wouldn't consider this a hiking trail by any means. There is nothing natural about this trail. You hike along inaccessible private property, share a dusty road with off road vehicles, not forgetting to mention trash on the side of the road. Pictures are deceptive because they don't represent what the hike actually is. This trail should be closed to hikers because it's somewhat dangerous, off-road vehicles to watch for as well as the sheer amount of dust you will inhale.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

I cant believe people call this a trail. its a gravel dirt rd with people flying past you. your eating dust the whole time. I dont even want to give it 1 star. they took the photo from CO or something because this is not what it looks like.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Couldn't go all the way since it was closed due to recently fire.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

The biggest problem with this hike was the constant dirt, dust, and debris we had to breath in due to sharing the dirt path with vehicles. Also, we went during the first weekend of July and were caught by a storm of mosquitos and gnats from the dried up river. Although we couldn't find restrooms, I rated this hike four stars because parking was free and there was a flying school you could watch as you hike down the road. Furthermore, the scenery was very picturesque and beautiful.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Beautiful trail, hiked it to Trabuco Peak. Definitely not an "easy" trail as marked in this app.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

This is a nice local hike. When hiking, you share a dirt/unpaved road with mountain bikers and cars. It's beautiful since there's a stream that leads to a waterfall towards the end of the trail to make it worthwhile. The hike has minimal shading so make sure you bring a good hat to block the sun from your face.

The only downside of this trail is that you share the road with cars... There were a lot of pre-runners and vehicles that kicked up a lot of dust. In my case, I had a truck passed me at high speeds next to me, kicking up rocks and dust towards me--not pleasant in my opinion.

All in all, I will definitely do this again soon... From my experience, I just recommend bringing a handkerchief or mask to cover your face from dust/douchebags.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

It was moderate. My dogs were all over the smells a few bikes today it definitely wanted to poor rain but thank hid it didn't. The drive up n back takes for ever and why oh God why are Saturday drivers on the 5&405 so sloowwww

mountain biking
Sunday, November 22, 2015

Great, many Access very long and hard to get lost even at night

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A very moderate trail. A good workout for your legs and cardio. I recommend it.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Great trail good workout going up west horsethief then make the loop around trabuco loop..close to being 11.5mi.

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