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Best trails in San Mateo Canyon Wilderness

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Looking for a great trail in San Mateo Canyon Wilderness, California? AllTrails has 19 great hiking trails, trail running trails, wildlife trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 10 moderate trails in San Mateo Canyon Wilderness ranging from 2.1 to 16.2 miles and from 1,328 to 2,854 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in San Mateo Canyon Wilderness
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Top trails (19)
#1 - Chiquito Trail to Chiquito Falls
San Mateo Canyon Wilderness
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Length: 9.1 mi • Est. 4 h 44 m
When you think of hiking in Orange County, you don't usually envision dramatic waterfalls. But during the spring, there are a number of wonderful seasonal waterfalls that are just a hike away. One of Show more
#2 - Sitton Peak Truck Trail
San Mateo Canyon Wilderness
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Length: 10 mi • Est. 4 h 45 m
Parking is located directly across the Ortega Oaks Candy Store in the San Juan Loop parking lot. You will need an Adventure Pass ($35 for an annual pass, $5 for a daily pass per vehicle) in order to Show more
#3 - Tenaja Falls
San Mateo Canyon Wilderness
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 49 m
Tenaja Falls is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Murrieta, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nShow more
#4 - Bear Ridge and Sitton Peak Loop Trail
San Mateo Canyon Wilderness
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Length: 10 mi • Est. 5 h 9 m
Bear Ridge and Sitton Peak Loop Trail is a 10 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Lake Elsinore, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is priShow more
#5 - Fishermans Camp via Tenaja Falls Trailhead
San Mateo Canyon Wilderness
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 2 m
Fishermans Camp via Tenaja Falls Trailhead is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Elsinore, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is prShow more
#6 - Bear Canyon Loop Trail to Pigeon Spring
San Mateo Canyon Wilderness
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 12 m
Bear Canyon Loop Trail to Pigeon Spring is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Lake Elsinore, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of Show more
#7 - Morgan Trail
San Mateo Canyon Wilderness
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Length: 10.3 mi • Est. 4 h 59 m
Morgan Trail is a 10.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Elsinore, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity optionShow more
#8 - San Juan Loop
San Mateo Canyon Wilderness
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 3 m
San Juan Loop is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lake Elsinore, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking,Show more
#9 - Tenaja Trail
San Mateo Canyon Wilderness
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 21 m
Tenaja Trail is a 4.7 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Lake Elsinore, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used forShow more
#10 - Tenaja Trail
San Mateo Canyon Wilderness
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 58 m
Tenaja Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Elsinore, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used foShow more
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