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Santa Margarita River Trail

Intermediate

Trail

2.7 mile 4.3 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 172' 52 m
Descent: -92' -28 m
High: 466' 142 m
Low: 368' 112 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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Trail shared by Walter Leitmeyer

A fairly easy out-and-back trail with a couple challenging hills and a fair amount of shade.

Walter Leitmeyer

Features Birding · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildlife

Description

This trail starts at the main west parking lot and goes to the east smaller parking lot. It is an out and back trail but their are many smaller trails shooting off the main trail that can be made into some loops. The main trail has a couple stream crossing towards the east side that are easily crossed without getting wet. There are trails on the north side of the "river" but you'll need to hike through some shin high water to get to the other side.

Flora & Fauna

Typical chaparral planets known in the area as well as oak trees give the trail a fair amount of shade. Coyotes are know to be on trails during sunrise and sunset but they run when they see humans. Trail posts warnings of rattle snakes and mountain lions in the area.

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Nov 25, 2019
Byron Bacon
Oct 26, 2019
Justin Carlisle
Jun 8, 2019
Gary Bow
Jan 28, 2018
Crystal Stebbins
Nov 26, 2016
Daun Stansfield
Beautiful fall day 2.7mi

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 3 votes

#8525

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#874

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#8,525

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Hikers make their way up the Santa Margarita River Trail.
Jul 2, 2017 near Fallbrook, CA
Sandy patch.
Mar 28, 2016 near Fallbrook, CA
The river.
Mar 28, 2016 near Fallbrook, CA
Enjoying the shade along the trail.
Mar 28, 2016 near Fallbrook, CA
A sandy patch of trail.
Mar 28, 2016 near Fallbrook, CA

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