Santa Margarita River Trail is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Fallbrook, CA 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.
dogs on leash
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.
family friendly hike with lots of beautiful scenery. Beginner hike.
Great shaded trail with small stream despite the drought. Dogs loved it. Saw a few people on horseback
Great small hike
Awesome hike! really pretty, relaxing, beautiful trail. lots of people with dogs and horses but enough room to feel like it's just you. get lost and take side trails. I really loved the water running in the river while we hiked. such bliss. a must! loved the oak trees and all the green around.
Great trail for a family day hike
no one on the trail but us! Took out 10 month old puppy. Weather was crisp distance was just right.
The trail was extremely crowded when we got there at 8:30 o. A Sunday. Would not suggest this to anyone looking to hike!
Beautiful trail for a family adventure. I did this with my boyfriends parents who are in their 60s and they found it to be moderate. There are no steep inclines on this trail, mostly flat. We even brought our dog who loved swimming in the creek at the end of the hike. One of the best family hikes in San Diego.
Great trail for families! Beautiful!
As good as it gets. Love this trial. Finally we turned right up the hill and did the entire hike.
Great trail for walking. More of a walking trail than a hiking trail yet fun! There are great spots to explore the river all along the way. The kids really like this trail!
Started at 8am and was done by 945-ish and that was because we stopped frequently to take in the scenery. Definitely wasn't moderate, more like easy. Not 5.2 miles. Will go back but it will be for the scenery.
This was really pretty! Lots of shade and wading opportunities.
The sound of the water was very calming..It was really nice.. the water was clean.. get place to swim.. I love it..