Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park
30952 Oso Pkwy,
Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679
(949) 923-2265
(Note: on the parks web site they refer to their address being in Coto de Caza though the actual registered city within Orange County is in fact Trabuco Canyon)
Park Hours: 7 a.m. to sunset.

A spacious park (544 Acres) located at the foot of Oso Parkway where it joins up against two entrances to Coto de Caza (a private community).  Easiest directions from the 5 freeway coming from north or south exit at Oso Parkway and head east approximately 6.3 miles.  Just before you reach the end of Oso Parkway note the dirt road on the right hand side which is the Riley Wilderness Park entrance.

Here’s a Google Map in which I marked up with arrows right to the park entrance.

Google Map with markups to Riley Wilderness Park
Google Map with markups to Riley Wilderness Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once you entered the dirt road to the park drive slow as there are a few dips in the road before you reach the main parking lot which will be on the right.

Birding at Riley Wilderness Park:  here’s a complete list of bird species at the eBird site which can be found here

A few of the more common bird species that can typically be found year round are:

  • Acorn and Nuttall’s Woodpeckers
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Oak Titmouse
  • California Towhee
  • Black Phoebe
  • Spotted Towhee

This is a fee based park which accepts dollar bills and there is a pay machine within the parking lot.  More info about the park can be found at:  Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park

A park map of all the trails can be found here

Images:

2014 – The following images were taken in October of 2014 via cell phone.  Though October is typically a dry month as its the start of the rainy season, our severe drought period here in southern California was in full force as seen in the images below.  2012 – To view images taken during March of 2012 where the land was far more green and lush including the Dry Pond which had water please click Riley Park Spring 2012

Birds At Riley Wilderness Park
Main Parking Lot – Riley Wilderness Park

 

Birds At Riley Wilderness Park
Outset of Butterfly Garden

 

Birds At Riley Wilderness Park
Mule Deer Trail – Riley Wilderness Park

 

Birds At Riley Wilderness Park
Mule Deer Trail – Riley Wilderness Park

 

Pheasant Run Trail
Viewing Pheasant Run Trail – Riley Wilderness Park

 

Pheasant Run Trail
Pheasant Run Trail – Riley Wilderness Park

 

Birds At Riley Wilderness Park
Pheasant Run Trail – Riley Wilderness Park

 

Looking back at Mule Deer Trail - Riley Wilderness Park
Looking back at Mule Deer Trail – Riley Wilderness Park

 

 


Pheasant Trail - Riley Wilderness Park
Pheasant Trail –  descending toward Wagon Wheel Trail – Riley Wilderness Park

 

Heading back to Mule Deer Trail - Riley Wilderness Park
Heading back to Mule Deer Trail – Riley Wilderness Park

 

Oak Canyon Trail south of the Butterfly Garden
Oak Canyon Trail south of the Butterfly Garden

 

Oak Canyon Trail facing north west
Oak Canyon Trail facing north west

 

 

Approaching Vista Ridge Trail off the Oak Canyon Trail
Approaching Vista Ridge Trail off the Oak Canyon Trail – Riley Wilderness Park

 

Intersection of Oak Ridge Trail and Vista Ridge Trail
Intersection of Oak Ridge Trail and Vista Ridge Trail – Riley Wilderness Park

 

Looking ahead at Vista Ridge trail - Riley Wilderness Park
Looking ahead at Vista Ridge trail – Riley Wilderness Park

 

south end of trail near Sanctuary and Pond area
#1 south end of trail near Sanctuary and Pond area
South East end of park on the South Wagon Wheel Canyon Trail
#2 South East end of park on the South Wagon Wheel Canyon Trail
South East end of park on the South Wagon Wheel Canyon Trail
#3 South East end of park on the South Wagon Wheel Canyon Trail
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#4 South East end of park on the South Wagon Wheel Canyon Trail
South East end of Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park on the South Wagon Wheel Canyon Trail
#5 South East end of Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park on the South Wagon Wheel Canyon Trail
Walk bridge at south east end of trail
#6 Walk bridge at south east end of trail
Sanctuary location where Hooded Mergansers and other water fowl has been seen.
#7 Sanctuary location where Hooded Mergansers and other water fowl has been seen.
South East end of park on the South Wagon Wheel Canyon Trail
#8 South East end of park on the South Wagon Wheel Canyon Trail