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Santa Margarita River Trail

 9 votes

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°)

All Clear

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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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All Clear 33 days ago
Dry - Not for bikes!! I can tell u that
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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
Heather Neel
Fallbrook, CA
Heather Neel   Fallbrook, CA
I live 5 minutes from this trail and it's still not really worth riding. Sand pits everywhere, super crowded on the weekend, and not at all built/maintained with mountain bikers in mind. Come here without your bike to really enjoy it. Sep 19, 2017
The people here commenting about how bad SMaRT is either don't know where the good stuff is or are purposefully trying to mislead and keep non-locals out. There are definitely some sand pits on the main trail, but there is miles and miles of good stuff out there. I've been riding here for 13+ years and there is great singletrack if you know where to look. Nov 15, 2017

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