Roller Coaster is a 4.7 mile loop trail located near San Clemente, CA 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.
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!!
Fun!!!!!!! I liked the steep hills and different little off road trails. Great for mountain bikers too.
Hard on my old ass. But I made it!!!
been hiking here all my life, it is hard at parts but easy overall it is a nice afternoon hike takes 2 hours walking to the flag pole and back
Aptly named, this well groomed trail has some very steep (but mostly short) inclines/declines. Downhill stretches can be rough if you have knee issues. Plenty of free parking at trail head. Dogs allowed on leash only & doggy-do-do-bags provided. Alot of mountain bikers and hikers on this busy trail.
You'll never completely leave the city on this trail because it remains visible/audible for most of it. But it's top notch for ocean views and on a clear day, Catalina island is visible.
Can get very warm in summer, take water. Flagpole and mailbox (with guest book to sign) at end of hike.
Lots and LOTS of rattlesnakes, beware for yourself and your dogs...keep dogs on leash. TARANTULAS also on trial, watch your step (see pics)
Lots of coyotes early morn and evening.
It was ok. Street parking only, the parking lot at the end of the road is blocked off. Wide trail with lots of ups and downs and many side trails. Great views. Bring water. No toilets or benches. Enjoyed a 4 mike hike.
Awesome! I went with my family and it was such a great hike. It's very hilly but I was still able to push my little one in her stroller. I couldn't tell exactly which trail leads to what so be sure to have a great sense of direction, a GPS watch or a map. I am looking forward to going back without the kids so I can really explore the trails.
Great hike! A real butt kicker if you're not in great shape. Really gotta watch out for mountain bikers here because like the name states, its a roller coaster! The up and down hills allow mountain bikes to gain tons of speed. Other than that the views are awesome and if you do this hike a few days a week, you'll be in excellent condition. Happy hiking.
Great hike and beautiful view!!!! Trail splits to multiple other trails so you can put on some good miles. Lots of hills but I was able to push the stroller so it wasn't that bad.
This is an awesome hike but they don't call it a rollercoaster for any reason other than there are many steep ups and downs! Great workout! bring water and take some pictures.
Beautiful hike with views of Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente all on one trail. It definitely is a roller coaster! :)