Live Oak Canyon Trail - O’Neill Regional Park

CYCLE ORANGE COUNTY, SIGHTSEEING RIDE, LIVE OAK CANYON TRAIL O'NEILL REGIONAL PARK The bike ride starts at Trabuco Mesa Park . This ride is all about wandering Live Oak Canyon Trail as it circuitously passes through lovely wilderness. Cycling this route will take you along the paved portions of Live Oak Canyon Trail, but many more unpaved miles await hikers and mountain bikers. Along these sections expect steep singletrack and fire roads as the trail allows you to connect to Whiting Ranch Wilderness to the west. At 3.68, the off-street bike path portion of the trail ends and you will enter O’Neill Regional Park. From here the trail is shared with cars, but traffic is very light and slow moving. Upon entering there are three different directions to go. To reach the other parts of the park you will eventually find yourself heading downhill along the steepest section of the ride. Be mindful of your speed as you descend and watch for pedestrians coming uphill, often with pets and children. You will pass the park’s main entrance at 4.79 miles. Nearby you will find the interpretive center. Rangers lead nature hikes from here; check the park’s website for a schedule. The ride turns right and into the campsite portion of the park. At 6.53 miles the route returns to the park’s main entrance and turns right following the road to Eagle Grove. Rolling hills make this portion of the ride a bit challenging but it is well worth the effort. Gnarled and over-grown trees shade this canyon and a creek babbles alongside. Forests in Orange County are rare, and this one feels ancient. Excellent picnic opportunities abound here in this peaceful setting. For those looking to explore more of this charming wilderness, trailheads for Coyote Canyon Trail and Vista Trail are clearly marked and best suited to hikers and mountain bikers. The return trip takes you to the steepest part of the ride at 8.78 miles and inexperienced riders may need to dismount. FOOD AND DRINK Besides water, dining opportunities on this route are slim. Nearby, the Mercado Del Lago shopping plaza has a number of places to eat. ACCESS By bus, OCTA route 82 makes a stop at the intersection of Santa Margarita and San Antonio parkways. From there, ride north on San Antonio to the ride’s start. By car, take exit 18, Antonio Parkway, off of CA241and head north for two miles. Turn right onto Vereda-Laguna, followed by a left on Avenida De Las Flores. Park at Trabuco Mesa Park on your left.
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
Fitness Level: Medium
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Estimated Distance: 17.0
First Aid
Bike hire
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber
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