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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Garden

Whether you live in a spacious custom residence on the lake or in a condo at Casa Loma, having a garden to cultivate and nurture can add to the beauty of your Mission Viejo Home and your quality of life.

Mary Magdalene RoseI love to garden. The Rose garden pictured is mine as are some of the other plant close-ups. It seems I am always planting or moving something or trying a different plant; just plain having fun in the dirt. There are several local nurseries I like to visit to indulge my passion.

Here is a list of local garden resources and my own comments about them:

  • Green Thumb; an extensive variety of plants, indoor and out, outdoor decor, some garden gift items, some misc home-related merchandise like mailboxes, signs, sprinklers, hoses.  Lots of soil, amendment, rock and mulch options labeled very well. Pots and fountains. Decent prices  and good merchandise.
  • Plant DepotPlant Depot in San Juan Capistrano Nursery; this is probably my favorite place to go since this place is huge, well laid out with an excellent area for home and garden gifts and do-dads. Excellent varieties, exceptional display and choice of succulents. Knowledgeable and friendly people. Priced a little higher but obviously I think it is worth it.
  • Armstrong Garden Center; there are two I go to. One on Crown Valley in Laguna Niguel and the other in San Juan on Del Obispo. Laguna Niguel is smaller and choice is not as extensive, but has the basics. I like the one in San Juan because of variety, the staff and the garden-related supplies and gifts offered.
  • Rogers Gardens; if you want something special, go to Rogers Gardens. If you love gardening, go to Rogers gardens. You need to go if you love gardening just to experience their displays and varieties. The Holidays are always special there. Pricey but you will find some wonderful plants and merchandise here. Staff is exceptional.
  • Home Depot; they have a rotating variety of plants as well as some staples for So Cal gardens they always offer. good prices. Most of the plants I have purchased there have done well.

Hopefully you will be inspired by some of the work other Mission Viejo residents have completed.