Santa Margarita River Trail

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8.6 Miles 13.9 Kilometers


80%

Singletrack

1,166' 355 m

Ascent

-1,164' -355 m

Descent

586' 179 m

High

330' 101 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

37%

Max Grade (20°)

Unknown

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Beautiful views along the river and sweeping views at the peaks.

James Camy

Overview

Open all year around.
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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This trail is terrible and in no way at all does it deserve such a high rating. It would probably be fun to hike, without a bike on your shoulders, that is. This trail is constant stop and go over rocky sections that need to be hike-a-bike'd. Also saying its 80% single track is a huge lie, I would estimate its maybe 30% singletrack or less, the rest is sandy doubletrack or rocks. If you are thinking of mountain biking here, dont waste your time. Aug 1, 2015


Not sure how this trail ends up on all these internet MTB trail maps, but leave the bike at home. Beautiful area leaves you wishing you were riding not walking though sand pits and other unridable sections. Nov 27, 2015


i have to semi agree with kent. but if you know how to do drop offs and roll over rocks it can be some fun. as for me i rode the entrance which the turns are right at a cliff where i would recommend hike a bike so you don't go over the edge trying to avoid the trees. after that there is a very narrow path where one side leads off the cliff but if you pick up speed and go on the inside you should be fine following that there is a huge rock drop off i walked down this each time. i rode back and forth on this trail though there is a trail you can take on the side that you will pretty much end up climbing up the side of the mtn i did this and rode down there were a couple small jumps on the way down. I had to say it's very nerve racking because you come around a corner and there's a horse, hikers, people with dogs, kids, not very good for high speed. i personally liked it except make sure you have crank guards i hit a lot of rocks with my crank. i have crank guards so i'm ok. almost smashed my foot. go over the rocks it's easier than trying to navigate around them. Jul 8, 2016


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