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Santa Margarita River Trail

Intermediate
 2.8 (15) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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Map Key

8.6

Miles

13.9

KM

80%

Singletrack

586' 179 m

High

330' 101 m

Low

1,166' 355 m

Up

1,164' 355 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

37%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

James Camy

Trail Ratings

  2.8 from 15 votes

#3179

Overall
  2.8 from 15 votes
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4 Star
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3 Star
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2 Star
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1 Star
27%
Recommended Route Rankings

#412

in California

#3,179

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Photos

River and trail.
Jun 2, 2014 near Fallbrook, CA
Part of the swimming hole.
Jun 2, 2014 near Fallbrook, CA
The river.
Jun 2, 2014 near Fallbrook, CA
Tight section
Jun 10, 2015 near Fallbrook, CA
Trail to the river.
Jun 2, 2014 near Fallbrook, CA
River crossing. Waist deep.
Jun 2, 2014 near Fallbrook, CA

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Check-Ins

Jan 30, 2021
Chalon Mosby
Santa Rosa Plateau was closed. Stayed on Clinton Keith thru La Cresta. Awesome drive
Aug 11, 2020
Michael Villanueva
Aug 11, 2020
Josh Lancaster
4.8mi
Apr 15, 2018
Sean Davidson
Ok for novice rider, was not impressed with trail flow. Glad I did it but won't do it again. Multiple river crossing events were somewhat refreshing 11.4mi — 1h 34m
Mar 3, 2018
Joseph May
6.6mi
Feb 19, 2018
Gregg Brotman
3mi
Jun 5, 2017
Mauro Feliz
Jun 10, 2015
Alphonso Poopoofatty III
3.7mi