The San Juan Creek Trail starts on the beach where the creek meets the ocean at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, CA. From there it runs on the levee along the western bank of the creek to the confluence of San Juan Creek and Trabuco Creek in San Juan Capistrano at Descanso Park. Here it meets the Trabuco Creek Trail. It then passes under the I-5 freeway. On the far side it pulls about 100 yards back from the creek and runs on bike/walks along streets, then into a greenbelt to end at Missions Trails Stables. The section north of I-5 features a lot stables between trail and creek.
Parking and Trail Access
Exit the I-5 freeway in Dana Pt. onto the Pacific Coast Highway (1) and head for Dana Point. Turn left onto Dana Pt. Harbor Dr. at the junction of PCH and DPHD/Del Obisbo. One block later, turn left onto Park Lantern. This is the entrance to Doheny State Beach ($15/day). I park free on Dana Dr. on Harbor Island in Dana Pt. Harbor and bike back to the trail end. There are numerous scenic parking spots, restrooms, picnic shelters and more on the island.
TRAILBEAR RETURNS - San Juan Creek & Trabuco
It has been a while since we were down here last and it's looking better.
We were promised afternoon temperatures in the 80s, so a return to San Juan Creek seemed a good idea. There should be a sea breeze and cooler temps than inland trails. ...
San Juan Creek Trail
The construction is over and the trail is in great shape! Starting at the Doheney State Beach Main Lifeguard Tower, the trail follows the San Juan Creek Trail (on the north side of the creek). You will go under Pacific Coast Highway, past the wastewater ...
THE SAN JUAN CREEK TRAIL - UNDER CONSTRUCTION
I liked the San Juan Trail from the ocean to the confluence of San Juan Creek and Trabuco Creek at Descanso Park in San Juan Capistrano. It runs along the west bank levee of the creek – which is engineered for flood control in this section. ...