The Oso Creek trail provides you and your family with an afternoon of natural beauty. While walking along the creek you get to explore different points of interest such as the character garden, the plant maze, the butterfly garden, the peace obelisk and more. This trail is just gorgeous and your kids will love to run around to explore and see all kinds of plants and animals such as bunnies, lizards, butterflies and lots of birds. At the end of your walk don’t forget to stop by the Oso Viejo Community Park for some extra fun.
Know Before you go
- Print out the map below before exploring this area. Trust me, it is much easier than me trying to explain to you where to go. Once you print out the map, you just have to decide where you want to park and then just go and have fun.
- Where to park? I parked on Marguerite next to the Character garden but I would suggest to park at the Oso Viejo Community Park. If you start from Marguerite the walk is over an hour and you can’t really shorten it. If you start from the Oso Viejo Community Park you have most points of interest close to you and you can make the walk as long or as short as you want. See below for directions to both parking spots.
- No restrooms on the walk. The only restroom I found was at the Oso Viejo Community Park.
- If your kids can ride a bike, I would bike these trails, especially if you start from Marguerite. Well thinking about it, if you bike it you don’t notice all the details, so maybe walk it the first time you visit, bike it the second time.
- I could not find the butterfly garden, so don’t look for it too hard since you will be able to see butterflies everywhere along the trail.
See my comments above to decide which is the best parking spot for you.
–>Character Garden Trailhead parking: See number 1 (in red) on the map below. The parking lot is between Pacific Pl and Oso Creek Rd. There are only 4 parking spots here and it is not paved, so don’t look for a big parking lot. After you park you can check out the mosaic history walls and then look for a sign that says “Trail Access”. Click here to see this parking lot on Google Map.
–>Oso Viejo Community Park parking: 24932 Veterans Day, Mission Viejo, CA 92692. If you decide to park at the Oso Viejo Community Park, the trail will be behind the park. Just look at the map below and you will easily find it.