Thursday morning, I changed my running plans on a whim. I just didn’t feel like the rolling coastal hills of Aliso/Wood Canyons. I was more in the mood for the long, lonely, stretched out trail called Arroyo Trabuco. I parked in Las Flores, a town not too far from home, and kicked up my feet along a strand of dirt next to The Water District,
and made my way down to Arroyo Trabuco:
I made 6 creek crossings (or crick crossings, depending where you’re from) --
I had some close calls, but didn’t fall in once. I ran all the way to the back entrance of O’Neill park (at the base of the Saddleback Mountains). Here I turned around and headed back --
My total out-and-back measured about 13.5 miles (approx. 22k). I made the same number of creek crossings for the “back”, minus one. I was running out of time, so I took a short-cut back to the truck. Ends up the “short cut” was such a climb, though I cut some distance from my run, I don’t think I cut much time.