Sweetwater River Loop Trail

MODERATE 9 reviews
#43 of 78 trails in

Sweetwater River Loop Trail is a 7.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Descanso, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

7.6 miles 1287 feet Loop



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


15 days ago

Love this trail. The Saddleback portion is my favorite, especially in the spring.

1 month ago

Hiked the Dead Horse trail on a cooler day and there is plenty of shade in the early morning. This ended up being just under 8 miles. Once the sun gets higher there is limited shade so I would recommend hiking on cooler days. The trail is narrow but easy to follow with great signage. There is a lot of foxtails encroaching on the path and I spent a bit of time getting those out of my socks. There is an $8 fee for parking if you don't have the Adventure Pass or Federal equivalent. Also there was a sign forbidding dogs on the trail at the trail head.

2 months ago

I used Francisco Leal trail. It was easy to follow and it also took me to Green Valley Falls even though there was no water but it was nice to see. I did a total of 10.4 miles. Be prepared to bring snacks and water because it took me 3:40. Enjoy!

7 months ago

Great trail with a variety of terrain.

9 months ago

Nice easy trail. Well maintained and easy to follow. Some steep inclines and declines so not really stroller acceptable. Limited shade in some portions so go early and bring water.

10 months ago

Beautiful, easy.

1 year ago

Beginning of trail near bridge needs a little clearing it's getting quite over grown and I have seen rattlesnakes there. I prefer to start it via the maintenance road to the right then catch up with it at the wooden bridge which is a nice option if you want to skip the over grown weeds. Trail gets pretty once you get to the water a few miles in.

1 year ago

Nice Hike! The first mile is pretty uneventful, but as you continue you see no houses and hear nothing, but silence. This is very peaceful place to go to if you need to simply unplug and get away from all of the distractions of life. I highly recommend this trail during the spring!

2 years ago