Trabuco Creek Bike Path is a hiking and biking trail in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 784 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 175 feet.
Trabuco Creek Bike Path Professional Reviews and Guides
"The soldier who lost his firearm when marching with Captain Gaspar de Portolá in the 1769 expedition in this hilly region would no doubt be astonished at the number of Orange County placenames inspired by his mistake. Trabuco, which means “blunderbuss” in Spanish, now names a canyon, a creek, a plain, a trail, a road and even a ranger district of the Cleveland National Forest. If the unknown soldier who lost his blunderbuss trekked this way again he would be amazed at the names on the land, and even more amazed at the land itself, so drastically has it changed. Maybe though, he would recognize Trabuco Canyon, at least that part of it saved from suburbanization by O’Neill Regional Park. Here the modern trekker can explore a small slice of the pastoral Southern California of two centuries ago."
--John McKinney, Orange County: A Day Hiker's Guide (The Trailmaster).
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