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    Tijeras Creek Trail - Rancho Santa Margarita

    Arroyo Trabuco trail is one of our favorite South Orange County destinations, which follows Trabuco Creek along the way. This trail runs about 7 miles and there are several creek crossings to pedal through, especially during the rainy season. It is not a difficult trail to ride, with light elevation gains, which makes it family/kid friendly. There is one section that gets rocky and sandy, but it’s short lived and not that difficult to pedal through. It is a beautiful trail with sections of single track where you feel like you are enclosed in a jungle or forest. Our preference is to pick up the trail at O’Neill Regional Park, and loop around via Tijeras Creek Trail at around the 6-mile mark. This loop is perfect if you want to give yourself a break from tough climbing, with some “roller coaster” type riding along Tijeras Creek. It is a great workout without the strenuous, sustained climbing we love, but there are a couple of short steep climbs to clear (mere yards). The last 2 miles of this loop has you riding the streets back to your car.