Santa Margarita River Trail

MODERATE 245 reviews

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.

5.2 miles 855 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.

21 hours ago

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

hiking
4 days ago

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

hiking
5 days ago

Great small hike

6 days ago

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.

hiking
12 days ago

Great trail for a family day hike

hiking
13 days ago

no one on the trail but us! Took out 10 month old puppy. Weather was crisp distance was just right.

15 days ago

27 days ago

27 days ago

The trail was extremely crowded when we got there at 8:30 o. A Sunday. Would not suggest this to anyone looking to hike!

28 days ago

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.

29 days ago

Great trail for families! Beautiful!

1 month ago

Very nice.

hiking
1 month ago

As good as it gets. Love this trial. Finally we turned right up the hill and did the entire hike.

1 month ago

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!

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

2 months ago

This was really pretty! Lots of shade and wading opportunities.

2 months ago

The sound of the water was very calming..It was really nice.. the water was clean.. get place to swim.. I love it..

2 months ago