1,049 ft
30 ft
Avg time


  • Riding area
    My City, California
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    Year Round
  • TTFs on trail
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    County of Orange

This is just one section of the much longer Arroyo Trabuco trail system. It is basically the transition from the lower groomed fire road to a more proper trail that is mostly double track. It features a few water crossings that tend to change from season to season based on the severity of the previous winter. None are too difficult but the larger river rocks may give beginners some trouble. Those few rocks and a steep intro to the first crossing are the only reasons to rate this intermediate. Also, this is a place to avoid during wet weather, as you are riding in a literal flood zone.

Access Info

You are mostly going to get to this by traveling through via the adjacent Arroyo Trabuco Trails, which feature many start and stop locations. A popular way to get here is to park at the Rancho Santa Margarita Water Works parking lot off Antonio Parkway & Oso Parkway, and then take the Water Works trail down to the Arroyo Trabuco.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Arroyo Trabuco Trail (Creek Crossings) mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    30 ft
  • Altitude min
    458 ft
  • Altitude max
    488 ft
  • Altitude start
    458 ft
  • Altitude end
    488 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    407 ft
  • Distance flat
    642 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Jun 10, 2018
Avg: 2 (2 votes)

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Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to arroyo-trabuco-trail-creek-crossings trailhead (33.582850, -117.636930)
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Arroyo Trabuco... Trail Reports

Jun 10, 2018 @ 11:53am
Jun 10, 2018
Mostly dry with very brief, shallow river crossings. Can't really call this wet.
May 5, 2018 @ 6:20pm
May 5, 2018
River is incredibly low and easy to cross right now. Probably lowest in 2 years.
Jan 14, 2018 @ 11:52am
Jan 14, 2018
All creek crossings had water running through them. At most approximately 4-6 inches was the deepest. Able to ride through each of them.
Aug 27, 2017 @ 7:43pm
Aug 27, 2017
Crossings are all ridable. Water is fairly disgusting though.
Jun 18, 2017 @ 3:12pm
Jun 18, 2017
Many of the crossings have changed. Some are still quite difficult to ride through.
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