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Oso Creek Trail

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Murals, peace monument, hedge maze, shaded canyon
Near:Mission Viejo, CA
Distance:2.93 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:137 ft
Hike Time:1.5 hours
Trail Condition:Fire road/pavement

Summary: The City of Mission Viejo calls this "the backbone" of its trail system. Lovers of wilderness will probably be annoyed by the proximity of the houses and shopping malls. Families and seekers of exercise may enjoy the paved trails and shaded pathways of this route which run through Oso Viejo Park.

The California grizzly bears for whom the trail is named have long disappeared from the landscape. The trail takes you along a concrete and stone paved stream course shaded by ashes, oaks, and sycamores. The natural effect of the corridor is undermined by landscaping dominated by eucalytus trees, pines, washingtonia palms, lawns, roses, and pampas grass. Along the way you will discover a peace memorial and a dumbed down hedge maze.

If you seek a pleasant place for your daily run, a place to push your baby's stroller, or just a little quiet time, this path may satisfy you.

Trailhead: From Interstate 5: Take the La Paz exit. Head NE towards Mission Viejo. At Marguerite, turn left. Turn right on Jeromino. Park at the intersection of Jeronima and Via San Fernando.

Alternate trailhead: Take the La Paz exit. Head NE towards Mission Viejo. At Marguerite, turn right. Just past the shopping mall (Estanciero) and over the bridge, turn left into the trailhead parking lot. (Lat:33.60756 Lon:-117.65029)

Trail Guides for Oso Creek Trail:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: City of Mission Viejo, (949) 470-3000
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Joel Sax, who has posted  51 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by ELS on 6/28/2010
This was a really nice trail to go on with your dog or stroll. There were a few small hills (very small and manageable) and along with some areas on sidewalks there was a bridge to cross along the creek and wood chip type trail areas as well with trees lining the walk. There are water fountains just a few along the way but no bathrooms so go before you hike and bring water just to be safe. Signs are clearly marked so you can find your way back and also how far you the trail is as far as distance.

Reviewed by MM on 12/5/2009
Just a paved trail that runs alongside houses. No wilderness but a bushy ravine below the trail. You see this type of trail, aka horse trail, all around the Mission Viejo area. No special scenery. If ure a hiker that looks for the mountainous terrain to trek stay away from this sham of a hiking trail. It should be listed as a suburban walking trail!

Reviewed by Matt & Olivia on 8/16/2009
The City of Mission Viejo and some volunteer organizations (like the Rotary) put a lot of time and money into making this park trail really nice. Our 9 month old daughter and chihuahua loved the hike. The stream next to the trail made is seem so peaceful! We will be back!

Reviewed by Victor on 3/25/2009
This is a very pleasant, safe, easy walk for the entire family. My family and I frequently stroll on this path. Once the path crosses over to the east side of La Paz Road, the north side of this trail is a bit "off-road" with uneven dirt path, the south side is paved walkways.

Reviewed by Sabrina on 9/15/2008
What a nice discovery! I like to walk fast pace and this trail is just perfect. It's got everything, nice and lush and it is so easy to reach from my house: two minutes walk from my threshold, and I am in a relaxing, quiet environment.

Reviewed by Jessie on 6/1/2008
Every part is so beautiful-some parts magical-ample water fountains-interesting art-benches along the trail. I'm so glad I found this trail!

Reviewed by CYH on 5/4/2008
This trail is quite nice for a morning jog or a late afternoon stroll with the dog. It was immaculately manicured and maintained. Though it did not have a wilderness feel, it was pleasant. We could not find the hedge maze, but we did find the Peace Monument, which seems to have undergone a drastic makeover since the posted picture was taken! Here is our picture of the same Monument on 5/3/08.

Reviewed by A&P R on 8/6/2007
The location needs to be corrected to "Park at the intersection of Jeronimo and Via San Fernando. There is no Via San Felipe on that segment of Jeronimo, as we went the entire length and back before we discovered the small sign "Oso Creek Trail" half covered with bushes at the corner of Jeronimo and via San Fernando.

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