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Serrano Creek Park in Lake Forest: Horse Trails and Eucalyptus for a Real Rancho Feel

Serrano Creek Park in Lake Forest: Horse Trails and Eucalyptus for a Real Rancho Feel

Serrano Creek Park in Lake Forest is a great park tucked away behind the Heritage Hills Shopping Center at the corner of Lake Forest Drive and Trabuco Road.

The park runs all the way to Bake Parkway with eucalyptus and willow lining the creek.

How to Get to Serrano Creek Park in Lake Forest: Near the corner of Lake Forest and Trabuco on Serrano Road. From the 5 freeway, take the Lake Forest exit. Follow it toward Saddleback Mountain and turn left onto Serrano Road. [Address: 25101 Serrano Road, Lake Forest] MAP to Serrano Creek Park in Lake Forest

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serrano creek park lake forest - playground with slide and steering wheel

Highlights:

  • Rustic western setting near horse stables and amidst a eucalyptus grove
  • Simulated sandstone rocks provide for adventurous climbing (without the man-made hand holds)
  • Pretend car is a favorite with kids
  • There is a walking trail which runs the length of the creek to Bake Parkway
  • The play equipment is a little different than most you’ll see around with a bit of a western flair that blends in with the surroundings
  • Fun to see horses walk by on the trail
serrano creek park lake forest - interactive play panel

Serrano Creek Sidewalk Hike and Nature Walk:

This is the perfect spot for after the rain because the entire trail is sidewalk.

I also like that you can criss-cross through and loop around different routes.

One of the highlights of the trail is the grove of eucalyptus.

As you are walking from Serrano Creek Park away from the horse stable and towards Bake Parkway, you’ll notice the creek on your right.

We saw plenty of birds on our walk: crows, black phoebe, hummingbirds, and woodpeckers.

I love, love, loved this old oak. I’m sure there are many natural wonders to spot.

Even though parts of the walk are covered with trees, it’s also possible to spot blue sky.

There’s not much to say about “how” to approach the walk other than to hit the trail from the sidewalk or park a little further up Serrano where there is sidewalk access.

Start walking and exploring. Turn around when you hit the apartment/condos and the sidewalk ends (or anytime before!). You can keep going along the dirt path which will let you out at Bake Parkway.

We wandered slowly and the whole thing only took about 1/2 hour. Perfect family outing which you can combine with trips to Heritage Hill or the playground.

Be Aware:

  • Sometimes, if there is a breeze, you can smell the stable
  • Extremely windy days could be hazardous with falling debris or branches from eucalyptus trees
  • Since the park and walking trail is sunken from the road, be very aware of your surroundings and try to use the buddy system to not be in the park alone
  • If you walk along the trail, look out for bicyclists and horseback riders
serrano creek park lake forest - pedestal play area and swings

Checklist:

serrano creek park lake forest - horseback rider on trail

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Originally posted in October 2008.

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Traci Lehman

Thursday 25th of October 2012

I have never been to this park, but now I need to go. My kids will LOVE this place. Thanks!

Serrano Creek Park (Lake Forest) | Nobody Hikes in L.A.

Wednesday 5th of October 2011

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Brandy

Monday 22nd of August 2011

This is a great park! We headed over there after looking at this and I feel in love. I love the woodsy feeling. I love how the playground is spread out, tons of benches, oodles of trees. We walked the path for a bit until it got dark. We also visited the horses up the hill and got to pet one as it went past the park for a walk. Beautiful park. Excited to go back again! =)

Michele

Tuesday 23rd of August 2011

This is one of my favorites, too! I love the "ranchy" feel of it.

kara-noel

Monday 22nd of November 2010

Just linked to this post! today :) http://www.smallthingsarebigthings.com/i-got-it-from-sweet-lily-tutus/

Guest Post: Serrano Creek Park in Lake Forest | Just Spotted

Monday 17th of May 2010

[...] Serrano Creek Park takes me away from city life and makes me feel like I’m playing on an old California ranch. Hear horses whinny from nearby stables and see riders trot right by the playground. The rock features and natural setting under the eucalyptus trees make it one of a kind. The nearby bathroom makes it just about perfect for any playdate. [...]