Explore the most popular forest 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.

Difficult but manageable, expect a lot of incline it’s all incline right when you start at the trail head, the incline gets harder and harder the more in you go but you get a break every once in a while, the trail get more narrow about 2 miles in and make sure you pay attention and I would highly suggest this app be on use the map because you can easily get put on the wrong path, just a heads up the trail is “closed” due to the fires so hike at your own risk, when you almost to the peak probably make a mile left to go your ping to be right in the middle of the burnt after math of the fires

My first major hike. Incredibly challenging. It is about 16.7 miles, not 13.4, since Joplin Trail is no where to be found till about 4/5th of the way up to the peak (which is why you see the parallel trail used by others through the forest). I was with a much more experienced hiker and he said it was one of the toughest hikes he’s been on. There are two ways to get started: if you make a left, it’ll be an easier start since it’ll be about a 25% incline, but for us we made a mistake and took the road straight up which gave us about a 50% incline for the first 0.2 miles... I don’t recommend it since there are glass shards and a rolled over jeep in the middle of this incline. About half way up, you’ll start descending about 200 feet and your trail will continue for about 3 miles into the forest, which is why you need wear long pants, bring mosquito repellent and sunscreen. Be aware of mountain bikers zipping down the trail; you won’t see them going up past you since they use a fire lane to get dropped off on top close to the peak then they speed down 4000 feet. Crazy!! You’ll need about 5-6 liters of water. Hiking down was equally as challenging due to the steep slope, slippery rocks and feeling absolutely exhausted so don’t think coming down will be any easier. Pace yourself, take lots of rest and listen to your body. You’ll feel greatly accomplished when done. Good luck!!

Beautiful view

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.

We only made it to Old Camp as we were not prepared for the overgrown poison oak that started to take over the trail after Old Camp. The hike up to that point was a lot of fun though and very challenging (lots of incline on the way up and some steep slippery downhills on the way out). If you plan on making it all the way to the peak, make sure you wear long pants to protect from the poison oak!

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!

A great hike with amazing views at the top on a clear day! Need to be in good condition.

hiking
3 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.

off road driving
3 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.

If you do this hike in the summer, start early, it gets very hot. Best to start by 6 am. Challenging hike but the view at the top is well worth it. Bring plenty of water, I drank almost 4 liters.

Nice tree cover on the earlier sections of the trail. Saw a decent amount of bikers and other hikers passing us in both directions on the trail. View at the top was very nice. Start early because it gets hot!

This was an awesome, but brutal hike!! Bring plenty of water/electrolytes, food/snacks and a bandana for the dust from trucks and motorcycles! I drank plenty of water on the way up but still ended up cramping pretty bad! We hit the trail head at 6:30am and it took us 9 hours! ✔️one off my bucket list! ✌

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.

6/23/18. Brutal hike for me. Make sure to bring a lot of water. Drank 9 bottles round trip. Pack a bandana to cover your mouth from the dust left behind motorbikes and trucks. Enjoyed the first half. Dirt and very demanding the last half, but I am 67, lol.
Went slow and it took 9 hours, 41,000+ steps!
Hike on a cool day, no shade near the top.
Very inspired when we made it.

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.

I liked this hike, with the exception of the sections along Main Divide Road. The motorcyclists wouldn't even slow down when passing, leaving clouds of dust in their wake. The 4 wheeled vehicle operators were a bit more considerate, however through some sections of the road I was walking faster than the vehicle immediately in front of me and had to slow down for them as they maneuvered the rough terrain.

I completed this in just under 6 hours.

Accessible via Indian truck trail from corona and you need a 4wd to make it to the top by the antennas. Views are wonderful.

mountain biking
4 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.

Its a beautiful trail but not easy to follow the signs for the peak are missing so we took a 3 mile detour and ended up taking the fire road up to the summit all in all 21 some odd miles. Ouch. Lots of vehicles on the fire roads and they will drive around you rather than giving you right away so be aware.

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

Nice trail, slow steady incline all the way up.
Didnt do the last “loop” once I hit the dirt road on top: there were too many motorcycles on the road and didn’t wanna be inhaling dirt for 4miles.
70% shaded. Nice wild flowers. Great for endurance training. Blessed with Sunny and 65F today but definitely can see lots of water needed on a hot day.
Will be back on a weekday to finish the top: hopefully less motorcycles.

My second time doing this trail. Wasn’t able to complete it the first time. But came back and finished today! Great trail with nice views challenging carry plenty of water it’s a little over 16 miles. Do it really early to avoid the heat! Loved it

- Lots of greens and shades in this trail. Well maintained;
- Be careful of bikers and motorcyclists !!! Some of them were really aggressive, who never slowed down because of race.
- Needs lots of water (at least 3.5 L) and energy bar as well
- 4WD recommended and drive slow.

Challenging hike for me but pleasant all the same. Couple pieces of advice, most which are mentioned by others. Bring more water than you think you need. I took 3 1/2 liters and ran out with 3 miles to go. Also, when you think you are getting close to the summit you still have a long way to go. You can see the antennas and feel you are 30 min from the peak for half the hike. The road up to the parking lot is bumpy so if you don't have a four wheel drive allow some extra time. Get your adventure pass for parking prior if you can. This hike takes a long time so be aware and don't assume you can shave a couple hours off. I didn't end up getting done til 6:00 so only had another hour of light. Enjoyed the hike even though a mountain bike event was going on so had to pull over for about 50 bikers. Coming back was very pleasant with the afternoon shade and less traffic.

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

Did this as a training hike with a fully loaded backpack. The road is a PITA cuz it takes a long time to get out there and it can be crowded, but the trail overall is quite lovely. Once you start climbing (after the waterfall trail junction) it gets quieter and the views get better and better. April 2018: there is plenty of water in the lower sections of the trail. When you get to main divide road there is no sign indicating where to go, go Right for about .4 miles and look for some piled rocks on the left side of the road pointing to the trail, it takes a sharp Left and keeps climbing. Bring a headlamp in case you end up hiking after dark like me!

Bring more water then you think you’ll need. My pack ended up being pretty heavy but 7 bottles of water a Gatorade and 3 apple juice boxes proved to not be near enough almost.
The road up to the trail can be sketchy, that being said I did trek it in my MINI Cooper and it really wasn’t that bad. More just embarrassing because I almost felt like people were looking at me like, look at this bitch trying to take this road in a MINI but if you go slow, let Jeeps pass and watch for rocks & pot holes in the road you’ll be just fine.
General store at the end of the road to the trail had Adventure Passes for sale.
The hike to the summit for me wasn’t too bad physically just more mentally challenging. A lot of the hike is shady but be prepaired for some sun as well. Probably about 1/3 of it you might be in the sun for.

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