The San Juan Creek Trail starts on the beach where the creek meets the ocean at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, CA. From there it runs on the levee along the western bank of the creek to the confluence of San Juan Creek and Trabuco Creek in San Juan Capistrano at Descanso Park. Here it meets the Trabuco Creek Trail. It then passes under the I-5 freeway. On the far side it pulls about 100 yards back from the creek and runs on bike/walks along streets, then into a greenbelt to end at Missions Trails Stables. The section north of I-5 features a lot stables between trail and creek.