Roller Coaster is a 4.7 mile loop trail located near San Clemente, California that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Nice lollipop-loop in a larger trail network. This route is entirely on dirt roads, but near the top by the water reservoir there are some optional pieces of single track that parallel the road. Views are expansive, but mostly of developments. Nice if you're in the area, but not a destination.
Would NOT recommend after any sort of rain, as the road does not drain well and becomes a muddy mess.
The good: Leashed dogs are allowed. It's well maintained with good signage. Great training ground for cross-country runners. A challenging and thrilling mountain bike ride. There are some beautiful views of the Pacific and Dana Point harbor when you reach the flagpole. Parking is free and has never been a problem.
The bad: It's essentially a large fire road, so it's quite dusty and hot and feels more like... a road. The views along the trail aren't great. It skirts between several housing developments, ending near the 5 freeway. You're never far from civilization and can see and hear it along its entire route. Houses, power lines, and the freeway are constant companions.
This is definitely not a destination trail. If you live in the area, it's worth a look. I found it to be moderately difficult, with a few really steep areas. The California drought has really burned up the land in this area, so it's a lot more haggard looking than it once was.
nice trial did a few connection ended up doing 8 miles.
Not too hard. Not too far from home. Beautiful view at sunset. Many side trails to take.
Beautiful views! Nice trail. Great if you don't have much time.
A lot of fun! It's really versatile in that you can change up the difficulty by choosing different trails along the way. You may not reach the flag pole by doing that, but the view is still pretty darn amazing!!