Caliente Mountain Ridge Trail is a 16.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Margarita, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Generally double track route rolls easily along the top of the ridge with great views to either side. The ultimate destination is Caliente Mountain which was the site of a WWII airplane watch hut, now fallen. Soda Lake shimmers to the north and the Cuyama Valley lies to the south for impressive views the whole way.