Oso Creek Trail in Mission Viejo

Oso Creek Trail

Oso Creek Trail in Mission Viejo follows a portion of Oso Creek that runs along and parallel to Marguerite Parkway and under La Paz Road and turns and goes up Jeronimo Road to Pavion Park. Oso Creek in Mission Viejo begins at the Upper Oso Reservoir and flows through parks, the golf courses, crosses under streets and finally under the freeway, emptying into Trabuco Creek. The Oso Creek Trail is a wonderful retreat into nature right at your doorstep. There are several access points to the trail. I think the city and residents did a great job of creating a wonderful venue where you can enjoy the natural beauty of Saddleback Valley and Mission Viejo without having to drive forever to get there.

I am really in love with this trail and open space, and I took a lot of photos. So many that I had to create a post especially for Oso Creek Trail. Enjoy!

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Here is an excerpt about the trail from the Orange County Register:

“What is the Oso Creek Trail today used to be open space with brushes until less than two decades ago. As part of the San Juan Creek watershed, Oso Creek runs from north of the Santa Ana Mountains, joins the Trabuco Creek and flows to the Pacific Ocean. Oso Creek used to be dry throughout most of the year, but after the development of Mission Viejo, the creek has water flowing all year long because of urban runoff.

A pump station captures the water flowing through Oso Creek and sends it back to a treatment facility. The treated water will be used for watering city-owned landscaped areas.

People had been walking around the creek and were creating de facto trails. The city then began construction in 1997 to create a trail system. While the city paved the trails, volunteers installed plants and railings as well as public art, such as history walls, murals and oak grove.”

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There is a lot to see and enjoy along Oso Creek Trail. The Celebration Garden with its artisan mosaics, a garden maze, birds and other wildlife, oak grove, wildflowers, Peace Obelisk and more. The beautiful thing is that many residents, young and old, helped create the trail and these landmarks.

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Colorful Fun at Pavion Park in Mission Viejo

Parks and Open Space

The city of Mission Viejo loves its parks and open space. It also loves recreation and sports! There are many parks, fields and trails for Mission Viejo residents to enjoy year round. There is a newer dog park, La Paws Dog Park; a park named after our Olympian, Florence Joyner Olympiad Park and parks named for people who advocated to create more parks and open space in Saddleback Valley. The city also boasts three golf courses: the Mission Viejo Country Club, the Casta Del Sol Golf Course and the newer Arroyo Trabuco Golf Course. Most parks feature some kind of ball field, a picnic area and/or some kind of seating, a playground and play equipment for children. As you can see, all appear to be thoughtfully designed and well-maintained. For lots more photos of our beautiful parks, make sure to visit each Mission Viejo area (north, central and south) and its park pages like THIS PAGE.

Some of Our Mission Viejo Parks

And don’t forget to visit the Park Pages for each neighborhood to see tons more photos! Like this PAGE.

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Rancho Mission Viejo Little League Champs

Sports and Recreation

There are many, many parks and fields where residents of Mission Viejo can enjoy a host of sports and games. There are several parks throughout the city that have lighted softball fields such as Curtis Park, Gilleran Park, William S. Craycraft Park and the Youth Athletic Park off Olympiad. Many others have unlit softball fields such as Aurora Park, Castille Park, Christopher Park, Vista del Lago Park and Cordova Park.

Most of the parks just mentioned also feature a soccer or football field as do Preciados Park, Pavion Park, Pacific Hills Park and Eastbrook Park. Many of these also have a playground and picnic tables. Basketball courts can be found at some of the parks just named and at Barbadanes Park, Marguerite M. O’Neill Park and Valyermo Park. To find out more about the city parks and sports facilities they have, visit the City of Mission Viejo Interactive Map. Lake Mission Viejo offers fishing and boating.

In 1984, Mission Viejo hosted some of the Summer Olympic Cycling events. They were held partly along what was once called O’Neill Road, now renamed “Olympiad”. The Mission Viejo Nadadores Swimmers and Divers have been a source of pride for Mission Viejo since they formed in 1968, having several members compete in many Olympic events over the years. Another long-time Mission Viejo resident and Olympian was Florence Griffith Joyner. A beautiful park on Olympiad and Alicia bears her name to honor our Mission Viejo athletes.

The Mission Viejo Family YMCA off Marguerite is a wonderful complete facility. Members of the whole family can find a program that works for them. Check them out here.

The city has several other Community Recreation Facilities: the Felipe Tennis Center, the Montanoso Recreation and Fitness Center, Norman P. Murray Community Center and Senior Center and the Sierra Recreation and Fitness Center to name a few. Again, check out the City’s Interactive Map to locate a specific facility and to find out more. Also visit the Recreation Centers Page.

For your convenience, I have provided several links below the photos to various activities in Mission Viejo.

A fun night for the whole family would be a night of bowling at Saddleback Lanes off Marguerite Parkway just south of La Paz Road.

Fishing at Lake Mission Viejo

South Mission Viejo Little League

Viejo Little League

Little League District 68

Marguerite Tennis Pavilion

AYSO Region 84

Activities and sports at Lake Mission Viejo

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Mission Viejo Country Club and Golf Course Mission Impossible

Golf in Mission Viejo

Mission Viejo folks love the outdoors and they love their sports. It makes sense that the city is home to three golf courses. All are beautiful and scenic and bring enjoyment to golfers and non-golfers alike.

Mission Viejo Golf Course

The Mission Viejo Country Club and Golf Course, located in Mission Viejo South, can’t be missed as you drive up Oso Parkway off the San Diego 5 Freeway. The Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed course is, in the Country Club’s words, “the centerpiece of the Club.” Constructed in 1967, it is one of the premier private courses in Southern California. The Country Club members also have access to and enjoy amenities such as private tennis courts, aquatics, fitness center, dining room and a private art gallery.

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Casta del Sol Golf Course

Casta del Sol Course is an 18-hole public course constructed in 1970 by Ted Robinson. I have had many friends enjoy their play time on this course! You can find out more by visiting the course’s site here. They have a Pro Shop, Bar & Grill and Snack Bar, Practice Facility and rentals.

Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club

The newest course in Mission Viejo is the Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club. It is a public access course designed by PGA Tour professional Tom Lehman and well-respected local golf course architect, Casey O’Callaghan. Accessed off Avery Parkway in South Mission Viejo, it has an unforgettable setting adjacent to the Arroyo Trabuco. They offer instruction, wedding and banquet facilities and feature a Pro Shop and Bar & Grill.

Dogs at La Paws Dog Park Mission Viejo

Mission Viejo Pets

Most people have some kind of pet. If you live in Mission Viejo, you have access to great parks to exercise your pet, veterinary services and pet supply stores. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, currently about 36% of households own a dog, and just over 30% of households own a cat. That does not count birds and fish, turtles, snakes, lizards and other critters folks keep as pets.

There are several care centers for your animal friends in Mission Viejo. Here are a few of them for your information and for researching on your own; please click on their links: Animal and Bird Clinic of Mission Viejo, Animal Medical Center of Mission Viejo, Muirlands Animal and Avian Hospital, Alisos Animal Hospital and Olympiad Animal Hospital.

I have been to many of the pet supply stores in Mission Viejo, including Kahoots Pet Store, Pets Plus, PetCo, Pet Supply Warehouse and the Sand Bar Pet Shop.

Pet Adoption

My Cat DharmaMy own pet cat, Dharma, was a rescue kitty. I adopted her when she was four back in 2005. She had been placed TWICE before and returned TWICE to the rescue society. Fortunately for her and for me, it was meant to be, and I adopted her. She was the sweetest pet ever and much loved. She passed in 2016. ADOPT A PET! Mission Viejo has a wonderful Animal Service Center near the Home Depot in South Mission Viejo. They have a fabulous informational site; check it out HERE.

La Paws Dog Park

Mission Viejo has a new dog park where you can take your pet off leash to play with other dog buddies. There are three separate enclosures for use and ample parking. For more information and rules, visit the City of Mission Viejo site HERE.

 

Florence Joyner Olympiad Park Mission Viejo

Beautiful Mission Viejo

I love living in Mission Viejo, mostly because of the location in Saddleback Valley where we are surrounded by so much natural beauty. The City Founders and residents built upon that and created wonderful streetscapes, parks and open space to enhance and complement the natural beauty.

These native wonders include Oso Creek and the trail residents have created to walk alongside it; omnipresent Saddleback along with the Santa Ana Mountain Range; the gently rolling foothills all around us that are covered with mustard flowers in the spring that create habitat for our native wildlife and the birds and animals themselves that love living here, too. The lake and the incredible parks and open space tend to top the list of man made wonders of the city. I have also found that the folks who live here are very good at creating gorgeous homes and gardens.

The people of Mission Viejo are super, too. I get to meet and talk to a lot of folks who live here, and I usually get a smile or a wave and a friendly face, even when just passing on the street or in the park.

Beautiful Mission Viejo

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Mission Viejo Library Bird of Paradise

In Focus

The Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, the Sgt. Matt Davis Memorial Park and the Mission Viejo Library are a few of the very special things that highlight living in Mission Viejo. They are all places that welcome residents and visitors alike; places to meet, gather, relax, grow or just enjoy the beauty.

Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center

Beautiful facility adjacent to Oso Viejo Park. For more information about hours, programs, etc. go to the city’s site HERE.

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Sgt. Matthew Davis Memorial Park in South Mission Viejo

Lovely park in south Mission Viejo, on the edge of Arroyo Trabuco. Large field, walking paths, lots of play equipment, beautifully landscaped.

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Mission Viejo Library

A must-see library. Beautiful architecture, a wonderful place to study or read or learn. For more information, visit the official library site HERE.

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