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Santa Margarita River Trail

Consensus:    (details)
 4.5 from 2 votes
  Intermediate from 1 vote
Rank: #3 in the Escondido and Los Penasquitos area
#46 in California
#474 Overall
Condition:
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Featured Ride near Fallbrook,  area, 
“Beautiful views along the river and sweeping views at the peaks.”
James Camy on Jun 2, 2014
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8.613.9 milesKilometers 1,166’355 m Ascent 586’179 m High 5.1% Avg Grade
80% Singletrack -1,164’-355 m Descent 330’101 m Low 15.2% Max Grade
Restrictions
Open all year around.
Overview
Singletrack trail with some sandy patches and short hike-a-bike sections due to very large rocks.
Need To Know
There are 3 places to cross the river and continue along the other side. At these crossings the water is waist deep and you'll have to carry your bike overhead.
Description
The trailhead begins at the parking area. Singletrack trail with some sandy patches and short hike-a-bike sections due to very large rocks. There are 3 places to cross the river and continue along the other side. At these crossings the water is waist deep and you'll have to carry your bike overhead. The river crossings are easy in slow moving water. The river bottom is plainly visible.

Beware, this trail is mainly used by hikers and some portions by horseback riders. Across Sandia Creek Road is a small lake with a sandy beach. You can rest here and even go for a swim. There is a huge tree with a rope to swing from and launch into the water.
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PHOTOS of Santa Margarita River Trail
 3.0 from 4 votes
River and trail. (Fallbrook, CA)
 3.0 from 3 votes
Trail to the river. (Fallbrook, CA)
 3.0 from 3 votes
The river. (Fallbrook, CA)
 3.0 from 3 votes
Singletrack at the peak. (Fallbrook, CA)
 3.0 from 3 votes
The trail to the peak. (Fallbrook, CA)
 3.0 from 3 votes
River crossing. More trail on the other side. (Fallbrook, CA)
 3.0 from 3 votes
River crossing. Waist deep. (Fallbrook, CA)
 3.0 from 3 votes
Closeup view from the peak of the trees along the river. (Fallbrook, CA)
 3.0 from 3 votes
Part of the swimming hole. (Fallbrook, CA)
 2.7 from 3 votes
Sand patch. (Fallbrook, CA)
 2.7 from 3 votes
Sand patch (Fallbrook, CA)
 2.3 from 3 votes
Sandy patch. (Fallbrook, CA)
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