Explore the most popular birding trails near Trabuco Canyon with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful view

off road driving
8 days ago

I'm new to the off-roading world, and we came here around 6pm on a Saturday... It looked like a great place for a little drive, but the gates were closed and said it was closed due to "fire hazard"

Great for a quick trail close to home. Gives you the feeling of being outside in open space which is hard to find in Southern California. This time of year (September) it’s definitely very dry. But still beautiful. Nice hills but nothing too hard. Kid friendly.

A great Sunday afternoon hike with a highlight at the end of the trail!

There were minimal bicyclists and all of them were very cordial as they passed by.

There is lots of shade for overly hot days although it was very mild when we were out there.

The signage for Red Rock Trail really needs to be better...I might have missed it had it not been for the folks in front of us.

My wife was obsessed with all of the woodpeckers we spotted!

Nice out and back. Lots of sand in the bottoms. Bring good hiking boots that repel the sand. Hat with a front and back bill to keep the sun off the neck.

But the Red Rock canyon is a nice treat at the end of the trail. Will upload pics soon.

29 days ago

Nice easy hike. Trails poorly marked.

off road driving
1 month ago

A nice drive, with an emphasis on “drive”.

If you’re looking for a nice drive with okay scenery then look no further.

If you’re hoping to off-road, there are offshoots (one of which is Holy Jim). Other than that, this is definitely an easy to moderate trail.

fun times and nice trail.

Only negative is all the trucks and motorcycles. A very dusty trail due to that... otherwise it’s a great hike with great views... nice trees!

hiking
2 months ago

A great hike... nice views and beautiful trees of many varieties. Some of the largest Acorns I’ve ever seen. For sure I’ll do again.

Great trail. I’ve done it too many times to count. The red rocks at the end are beautiful & the main attraction for this trail. They are for viewing mostly as they are steep & sandy/slippery. I wouldn’t chance an injury out there by climbing on them but many people do. I have brought an 8 year old & first time hikers who are up for a slight challenge (only at the end of trail as its slightly uphill briefly).

You have to share trail with bikers for first mile which is annoying on a busy weekend. Be careful of the poison oak when dodging them.

off road driving
2 months ago

Nice trail, some steep areas that get a little exciting but mostly fairly tame driving. It can get hot, so keep water close, totally worth the ride for the views.

Nice trail, beauty at the Red rocks, easy for all levels! Worth it.

Don't do this in the heat. Wait until cooler weather. Nearly had a heat incident because i also ran out of water (3L). Two rattlesnake encounters. The views at the peak were meh, but I went for the workout anyway. View of the trail is nice towards the peak tho.

Edit: This trail and the peak are consumed in the Holy Fire.

Great wide trail. Absolutely beautiful up in the Pine Tree areas. We were blessed with a cool morning, but not a shaded hike. Moderate hike, took longer than expected, as we did not have any parking at the trail head. Lots of friendly bikers, we missed the very top, but hiked 16 miles. We plan on a Fall Hike to make it. A must see.

Really beautiful hike however there was a few things I wish I had realized before I went on this hike. The road going out to the hike is dirt and has some pot holes. I didn’t see a sign for this trail just a steep downward slope to the left where maps said it was. I took the path and sure enough it led me to the falls and it was really pretty along the way. There was a lot of poison oak pretty much unavoidable and not super clear paths the whole way. Lots of bugs and the waterfall was very small and no where to swim (went in June 2018). Still very beautiful spot however wouldn’t bring young kids or dogs.

Great hike, but wear good hiking shoes for the smooth rocks at Red Rock (covered in loose rock/sand).

Allow 2-2 1/2 hours if you want to take photos and spend time at Red Rock...you have to hike through Borrega Canyon first.

It’s easy to miss the turn to Red Rock so keep your eyes peeled immediately after the covered rest area that marks the end of the two-way trail.

Not suitable for kids under 12 - the rocks beg to be climbed and are steep. Bring lots of water in the summer also. Great local hike and easy to reach.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Must park on side of road, where there is limited dirt parking. Great views.

Pretty long trail with a decent amount of elevation gain. Didn’t make it to the top so plan on taking a few hours to go out and back. Don’t go on a hot day, there’s not a whole lot of shade. Still very pretty.

Nice partially shaded trail! It took less than 2 hours RT and we stopped at the canyon for about 15 minutes. Only disappointing thing is that Red Rock Canyon is the destination, not really part of the trail, so sadly you don't get to walk through the beautiful formations! Parking is $3 at the lot at Portola/Market next to Arco. Where Borrego Canyon Trail ends, make a right towards Mustard Road and you will soon see the markers for Red Rock Canyon trail.

Nice little trail to get away from it all for a few hours.. I plan on going back at night my next time around

awesome trail. love it

Great canyon trail with plenty of shade and a beautiful rock formation as the destination. We went on a weekday before work got out, so it wasn’t crowded. I imagine this trail gets very crowded after work and on the weekends though.

Awesome hike! Went with my 10 yo son and we really enjoyed it. The highlights were seeing a rabbit foot and guts hanging from a tree (and imagining how it got there—probably a hawk, but maybe a mountain lion), a woodpecker pecking on a tree, and of course, the red rock canyon which looked like a scene from Star Wars where Sand People would come out of.

Not even a trail. This is a rocky road that no car less than a Jeep should travel down. Don’t waste your time unless your looking for dirt bike trails.

This is a pleasant hike with some gentle ups and downs and some really nice views of rolling, grassy meadows.

TIME
We (two 40 year old adults) were back to Red Rock Canyon and out in 2 hours and 15 minutes.

PARKING
There's a public parking lot at the trail head. Parking costs a couple bucks but an earlier visitor left their no longer being used parking pass on the machine so we parked for free. Not that many spots so lot could fill up easily. Start to the trail is right next to the parking lot. There is a display map and free map flyers at the start.

CELL/MOBILE SERVICE
I had Verizon service the whole time. Was able to check in and record my path.

GEAR
Shoes that can traverse: dirt, rocks, sand stone hills, and beach like sand.

LOOK OUT FOR
Quick moving bikes. Collisions seem easy between walkers and riders.

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
Path was well established and easy to walk along Borrego Canyon. Red Rock Canyon was more demanding as there was many rock in the path. Disability friendly-ish along Borrego, not Red Rock.

TRAIL FEATURES
Try for late day lighting - better red rock pictures!

Lots of wildlife and wildflowers. I saw Woodpeckers, deers, ducks, and gophers. $3 parking.

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