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blue Santa Margarita River Trail

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Trail

8.6 mile 13.9 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,166' 355 m
Descent: -1,164' -355 m
High: 586' 179 m
Low: 330' 101 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 37% (20°)

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Trail shared by James Camy

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

James Camy

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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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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

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  2.9 from 11 votes

#2768

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  2.9 from 11 votes
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#353

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#2,768

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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
A few more hikers than expected and several horse passings. Not my type of trails but it did satisfy my need to ride for the day. Good for a Novice rider, not great for enduro style of riding. Apr 15, 2018

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