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Serrano Creek Trail

Los Angeles Metro Area, California

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  • There are some secluded areas even though it is close to the city.- Serrano Creek Trail
  • Serrano Creek Trail.- Serrano Creek Trail
  • The exit and entrance at Trabuco Road.- Serrano Creek Trail
  • Signs along the trail inform visitors about the local flora and fauna.- Serrano Creek Trail
  • Signs along the trail inform visitors about the local flora and fauna.- Serrano Creek Trail
  • The section north of Trabuco Road.- Serrano Creek Trail
  • Serrano Creek.- Serrano Creek Trail
  • Crossing Serrano Creek on the Serrano Creek Trail.- Serrano Creek Trail
  • Serrano Creek.- Serrano Creek Trail
  • Serrano Creek Trail.- Serrano Creek Trail
  • The trail runs under some bridges.- Serrano Creek Trail
  • A pocket park along the trail.- Serrano Creek Trail
  • The exit and entrance at Dimension Road.- Serrano Creek Trail
  • Bikes, pedestrians, and horses are allowed on the trail.- Serrano Creek Trail
  • Serrano Creek Trail.- Serrano Creek Trail
  • Serrano Creek Trail.- Serrano Creek Trail
  • Serrano Creek Trail.- Serrano Creek Trail
  • Serrano Creek Trail.- Serrano Creek Trail
  • The entrance from the parking lot at Portola Road.- Serrano Creek Trail
  • Serrano Creek Trail.- Serrano Creek Trail
  • The entrance from Glen Ranch Road.- Serrano Creek Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Close to town. Plenty of parking.
Cons: 
The trail crosses a road.
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Region:
Los Angeles Metro Area, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
638.00 ft (194.46 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
10.00 mi (16.09 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
368.00 ft (112.17 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Located in the heart of Orange Country, the Serrano Creek Trail provides an easy way to get some exercise and solitude without the need to head north to the Los Angeles area mountains. There are many points to enter the trail, but the most popular one is the parking lot off of Portola Street in Foothill Ranch. This point also separates the north and the south part of the trail. 

The southern end of the Serrano Creek Trail starts at Serrano Creek Park, while the northern end, which is part of Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, merges with the other trail in the park .

This multi-purpose trail is great for running, walking the dog, horse riding, and biking. Remember that dogs aren't allowed on the northern section of the trail because it is part of Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. Also, you'll want to avoid this section of the trail during dusk and dawn because of the mountain lion presence. Rattlesnakes are also a hazard in this area. That said, there are much more friendly animals here as well: Deer, cottontail rabbits, and plenty of birds make this a great trail for spotting wildife.

The northern section of the Serrano Creek Trail turns into many different trails within the Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, while the southern part ends at Serrano Creek Park. There are some road crossing that can be a little bit confusing, especially at Trabuco Road, but the entrance is usually not too far away and is pretty easy to spot. 

The trail can be pretty muddy and slippery after a heavy rain, especially under the tunnel. Note that the Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park is generally closed for a couple of days after heavy rain. 

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