Santa Margarita River Trail

MODERATE 389 reviews

Santa Margarita River Trail is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Fallbrook, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.2 miles 879 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

I-15 N to Fallbrook exit. Take Mission Rd. 5 mi. E; turn N onto Pico Ave. (becomes De Luz Rd.). Continue 2.4 mi.; go R @ fork onto Sandia Creek Dr. N. Parking area is in 1 mi. (just before bridge); trailhead is E of lot.

hiking
2 days ago

My husband and I and our black lab enjoyed this great nature walk/hike today. Lots of shade, possibility of loops and slightly off paths available if you want to make the hike longer. Few rocky areas that need some stability. Many hiked it with their children on their back. Beautiful flowing water and so green. Recommend bringing bug spray! The rain brought tons of mosquitos. Parking is on the main road. Overall great!

2 days ago

4 days ago

Super fun! Super easy (would consider it more of a nature walk than a hike)! Great for the whole family! Awesome place to spend the day having a picnic and swimming in the river.

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful area ~ great for families, couples or solo adventure. Relied on GPS to pick the right trail a few times, signage could be improved.
We saw 2 coyotes exploring at 2PM. Keep those dogs on leashes, especially the small ones.

hiking
10 days ago

10 days ago

10 days ago

Great hike. Do it after it rains!

11 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

Very nice trail. Not too challenging and nice and shady. The old car was super cool :) wish it had a different path on the way back but awesome nonetheless

13 days ago

awesome

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18 days ago

21 days ago

Nice beautiful hike...minus getting lost in the beginning.

24 days ago

25 days ago

This walk is especially beautiful after it rains & the river rises.

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25 days ago

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1 month ago

fun and easy hiking