Santa Margarita River Trail

MODERATE 369 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.

Great trail for everyone! My 5 year old son and 60 year old mother both loved it and were capable of the moderate climbing. Mostly shaded, nice for all year!

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2 days ago

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2 days ago

Super easy nice sunday hike. :)

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9 days ago

It was a nice hike.

hiking
10 days ago

Lots of kids and dogs. Scenery is nice once you get away from the crowds at the trailhead.

11 days ago

We loved this hike:) The trail was pretty high traffic for the first 1-2 miles but once we got out there, that died down a little bit. There was lots of shade and places to stop and rest. We got to scale a few rocks and see some little waterfalls. A great day for our little family❤

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11 days ago

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13 days ago

this is one of my favorite places to hike. the constant water flow is so calming and makes for beautiful scenery. this is a fantastic hike!!

hiking
15 days ago

Really calming and very beautiful scenery!

16 days ago

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

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1 month ago

We LOVED the shaded trail and scenery but there was no porta potty for the kids or trashcan for our dog poop bag :(

1 month ago

family friendly hike with lots of beautiful scenery. Beginner hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Great shaded trail with small stream despite the drought. Dogs loved it. Saw a few people on horseback

hiking
1 month ago

Great small hike