Los Angeles: Trabuco Canyon Trail

Meander through big oaks, sycamores, and pines on this 7-mile, out-and-back hike along a tranquil creek and up Trabuco Canyon for vistas overlooking Cleveland National Forest.
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Meander through big oaks, sycamores, and pines on this 7-mile, out-and-back hike along a tranquil creek and up Trabuco Canyon for vistas overlooking Cleveland National Forest.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 5.7

Waypoints

TCT001

Location: 33.6769866943359, -117.517127990723

Go NE on dirt road marked Trabuco Canyon past several cabins

TCT002

Location: 33.6827735900879, -117.503257751465

Pass through gate; continue E on trail

TCT003

Location: 33.6833953857422, -117.498825073242

Rusty abandoned car on R along Trabuco Creek

TCT004

Location: 33.6847686767578, -117.48950958252

Side chasm enters main canyon; follow trail into the right fork of the canyon across the creek bed

TCT005

Location: 33.6853179931641, -117.487327575684

Old gold mine on L

TCT006

Location: 33.6828994750977, -117.485000610352

Forest thins; views of canyon and Santa Ana Mtns. ahead

TCT007

Location: 33.6821899414062, -117.482353210449

L @ 3-way

TCT008

Location: 33.6836776733398, -117.479736328125

R @ 3-way; stay on Trabuco Canyon Trail. Sidetrip: Go R up West Horsethief Trail for Kodak views

TCT009

Location: 33.6755714416504, -117.47435760498

Soak in the Cali sunshine and enjoy lunch; backtrack down canyon

TCT010

Location: 33.6836776733398, -117.479736328125

Continue downhill on Trabuco Canyon Trail

TCT011

Location: 33.6821899414062, -117.482353210449

R @ 3-way; retrace steps back to car