Santa Margarita River Trail

Consensus:    (details)
  2.8 from 4 votes
blue  Intermediate from 2 votes
Rank: #1 in the Santa Margarita River Trails area
#338 in CA, #2,382 Overall
Views: 2,494. Last 30 days: 67
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Jun 10 Green - Dry
Featured Ride in the area near Fallbrook,
“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% Avg Grade (3°)
80% Singletrack -1,164’-355 m Descent 330’101 m Low 37% Max Grade (20°)
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
The trail to the peak. (Fallbrook, CA)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Tight section (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
Part of the swimming hole. (Fallbrook, CA)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Singletrack at the peak. (Fallbrook, CA)
  3.0 from 3 votes
The river. (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
Trail to the river. (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)