Oneill Regional Park - TRAIL

Oneill Regional Park - Trail, Rancho Santa Margarita, California

Mainly fireroads a couple of moderate climbs. Vista trail has an excellent view. Best suited for beginner/intermediate biker. Some breathtaking views and fun singletrack. Also, past Vista trail is a Bhuddist monastery that you are are welcome to visit as long as you don't ride on the actual premisis

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OnePhatMoPho   Cross Country Rider [Sep 27, 2005]

Oniel is a fun ride especially if you dont have time to get out for a long session.. The climbs, although a bit short have some steeper sections that get the blood flowing. The downhills are fun and depending which trails you put together can offer both fast fire road decents as well as some pretty hairy singletrack for you hardtails.. I have lived near and ridden Oniel for many years and always enjoy it. Go at first light or at dusk to avoid others... Keep an eye out for animals as there are many to see.

Customer Service

The entire area that parallels Live Oak Road.. Basically enter the guard gate and keep right.. If you drive to the park there is a Post Office near the entrance where you can park and avoid entry fees.

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hugo   [Jul 21, 1999]

Starting at the ranger's station I take the paved road then make a quick left that leads up to the loop taking you up to the ridgeline line. Its a fun and decent trail with a moderate climb that takes you to a look-out point over looking O'Neil Park and much of Trabuco Canyon. From the peak you can drop down into a fast and fun single track that takes you back down to the valley floor; you hang a right there and head back down to the ranger's station. There's a charge for parking and camping but I'm not sure what it is; a basic trail map is available at the ranger's station for free. I'm kinda bias to place since I live only a quarter mile away.

Customer Service

There's two: one takes you on a loop up on the ridge line, and the other sends you down the dry stream bed towards the ocean. On the second one you can either ride back up or have someone pick you up off of Oso Prky.

Similar Products Used: If you haven't already, just a few miles away, check out Whitting Ranch, one of my favorites, and Modjeska Canyon with the Vulcher Crags return; its got an agro-single track, but watch out for the poison oak!
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TK   [Aug 27, 1999]

A fun area, I live 4 min away by bike to I know it well, something for evryone, but you will enjoy iy more if you're fit as there can be a lot of climbing depending on which trail you take.

Customer Service

From the ranger station dont bother riding south on the steambed. Too sandy and flat. Instead ride up the paved rd paralleling Live oak cyn rd, this turns into sngltrk, go to monastery rd, left up the hill, left thru the gate. You are now on Live oak, if you go left there are several fun options (Vista tr, n pond loop), and some climbing ahead to get to the summit. If you go right it descends to a subdivision, there you can turn around and go back up (couple of STEEP pitches), or hook onto El toro rd n make a big loop back to RSM via Cooks corner/Live oak cyn.

Similar Products Used: Whiting, Santiago, Harding, etc.....
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Enduro   [Sep 02, 2000]

O'Neill is a great trail ride, it's flat but can get sandy. It's a great training ride for beginners ans also a great sprint for the experts. I would recommend this trail for everybody.

Customer Service

From Via Con Dios Street down to the lakebeds.

Similar Products Used: Riley Park, in Coto De Caza
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JP   [Dec 30, 2000]

You can ride down the stream bed all the way to Oso, but that is not particularly fun IMHO and can be very wet.

Starting at the Ranger Station, go north up the canyon on the paved road, take the first left on a paved road, climb until there is a fire road on your right. The fire road is after two trails marked off limits to bikers, BTW. Take the fire road up several reasonably steep pitches. Ride along the ridge until it starts down hill. Ahead you can see a trail that climbs straight up the hill. Unless you're really strong and talented, don't go there.

Take a left at the break in the fence and an immediate right. After a short down hill ride, the trail turns right and the climb that follows is the steepest and most difficult of the ride. Follow the trail past the water reservoir until it "T"s with a fire road. Go left for a 100 yards and make a sharp right up the fire road to the start of the Vista Trail on your left. Past the Vista trail, the fire road climbs steeply to the highest point in the park.

Vista is a fun, fast descent with a few knarly switch backs. The trail also features horses, hikers and an occassional biker headed up hill. A bit of caution is good. Caution also helps you miss sundry snakes and skunks on the trail as well as the cactus beside it. Be aware that a few of the rubber erosion control gizmos are stiff enough to cause trouble for light riders. They don't bend too well and can toss the unsuspecting lighter folks off in unplanned directions.

Vista ends at a fire road. You can go left for a half mile of easy climbing. The ride back can be 20+ mph, but there's on coming traffic here too. Going right from Vista is a half mile or so of fun down hill fire road with a jump on the right just before you get to the gate.

Once past the gate you're on the same paved road as you started on. Go down the road and take it to the first right. Climb up the paved road, the last part is steep. The fire road at the end of the paved road leads to the place where you went through the fence opening earlier. Continue up the fire road for 20 yards and take the single track to the left.

This is a quick and fun single track. It features the only place I have to brake going up hill!

Still on the single track, take the next right up a loose climb. Follow the trail to the fire road and turn left. This is the first fire road you were on. Go left and down hill on the paved road. Take the right at the "T" and follow that to the Ranger Station.

There are a few other pieces of fun single track in the park for those of you wishing to explore. Some of the single track is off limits to bikers, however.

This is a fun, not too technical ride with some climbing and enjoyable descents. It is busy enough with hikers and horsers that it is no place to be going fast. Intermediate riders will enjoy a relaxing ride and beginners are going to do some walking.

It is a half mile from my house and I don't ride it very often these days, but I enjoyed learning a bit about California riding here. If Whiting is a challenge or the Luge just too damn scarey, try ONiell.

Or just take a day off from the rigors of those other places and relax for a change.


The trail connects to Whitting

Customer Service

East from El Toro at Cook's Corner on Live Oak to park entrance. There is a usage fee, but I bike to the park and don't know what it costs to get a car into the park.

Similar Products Used: Whitting, Luge, Old Camp, Chutes
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