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  • O'Neill Regional Park - #O'NeillRegionalPark

    Socal - Orange County - Trabuco Canyon NickNames: #O'NeillRegionalPark live oak trail or trabuco

    Take the 5 Freeway, exit El Toro and go east for about 7 miles. Turn right on Valley Vista and continue to Meadow Ridge where you will turn right. At the end of Meadow Ridge you will find parking by the trailhead or along side of Meadow Ridge. You will see a nursery. Ride along with the nursery on your right and follow the signs to the trailhead.

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    • Trail UpdateAroyyo Trabuco Trail-A little bit of everything. Good for beginners. Nice single track about 4 1/2 miles from trailhead. A few creek crossings, a few technical spots. Go during the week. Needs a little maintenance tho. Rode 16 miles round trip.
      StumpyRider a 21 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Specialized Stumpjumper FSR XC comp from Trabuco Canyon


    • Trail UpdateRode Oniel Today-I rode Oneil today. Its was a nice ride except for a lot of people i would suggest going during the week
      MBKAlphaDog a 16 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Specialized HardRock Comp from Orange


    • Trail UpdateOvergrown!!!!-Rode O'Neil Park today. I should have mounted a weed whacker to the front of my bike. The overgrowth was so high you felt like you were in a tunnel sometimes. That, and veering one way to avoid cactus and the other to avoid poison oak made the ride a challenge. Parts of the trail have been worked on and were pretty smooth, other sections of the park were chopped up. Looks like the whole park is in a transition of trail work. Also, the amount of horse dung in the middle of just about everything was bordering on ridiculous.
      With all the complaints it wqs still fun to ride there. Just needs a little more work and some bush whacking!
      mintzebra a 36 year old Die-hard Enthusiast from Orange County


    • Trail UpdateLive Oak Trail Loop-Today we checked out the Live Oak Trail Loop on the west side of the O'Neill Regional Park. We found the trail to be dry but rutted. There were occasionally the big ruts that we hate to see that split the trail right down the middle but most of the loop was rideable. In the first part of the ride you will come to a hill with a microwave transmission tower on it. From the top you will find some benches, and get some great views. An eagle scout team put together some stuff up there to help you get your bearings. The single track that goes down from there was pretty sketchy as the rains have carved into it a bit. Some parts were a little wet but not too bad. Lots of wildlife, we saw vultures, moles, hawks, ducks, caterpillers, rabbits, and usual suspects along with a lot of pollens in the air. We picked back up the Live Oak trail after reaching the Trabuco Canyon Road park entrance. Unfortunately the Pond Trail singletrack was not well kept so we had to hike part of the way back to the microwave tower lookout. The pond looked very cool as the sun was setting just above it. Overall the ride was not that difficult but there are some short climbs to make you feel a burn and the ruts have upped the level of difficulty a bit as it has with most of the area's trails. Today's ride was fun and worth a visit if your in the area.
      Ride rating: Intermediate
      Ride distance: 7 miles Elevation change: 500 ft
      Singletrack=25% Dirt Road=70% Paved Path=5%
      ICPAYDIRT a 32 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Santa Cruz Superlight from Pacific Beach URL: Live Oak Trail


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