Trabuco Canyon Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Orange County, California. It is within Cleveland National Forest. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 4,182 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,397 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.
Trabuco Canyon Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"A great ride in the Santa Ana Mountains in the Trabuco Ranger District of Cleveland National Forest, roughly between Lake Elsinore and El Toro. This is the epitome of a good loop ride: lots of singletrack, a taxing but not frustrating climb, great views, divers terrain, and a fun downhill. In 12.4 miles, this trail packs a lot of punch. a fairly long dirt road brings riders to the base of some of the highest mountains in the Santa Ana range. A shaded ascent up Trabuco Canyon on a singletrack trail produces some gorgeous views. at times, the canyon seems utterly remote and unpopulated."
--David Story, Laurie & Chris Leman, Mountain Bike! Southern California (Menasha Ridge Press).
"Located in the Santa Ana Mountains within the Cleveland National Forest in southern Orange County. Highlights: Technical singletrack that rises from the rocky creekbed to the Los Pinos Saddle. Hazards: Loose shale rock on trail, poison oak, rattlesnakes, and bugs. Forest Adventure Pass required."
--Mark Ross & Brad Fine, Mountain Biking Southern California (Falcon Guides).
"Starting from the east terminus of Trabuco Creek Road, an old truck road turned narrow footpath meanders up to some of the most idyllic spots in the Santa Anas. Upper Trabuco Canyon is home to Orange County’s biggest alder grove; to fine specimens of live oak, bay laurel, and maple; to a tiny community of madrones; and to a wide variety of spectacular spring wildflowers. Historically, the canyon is significant for its mining activity, and as the site of the killing of California’s last wild grizzly bear in 1908."
--Jerry Schad and David Money Harris, Afoot & Afield: Orange County (Wilderness Press).
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