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Abeja Loop Trail is a 2.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Marcos, California that features a lake 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.

Distance: 2.9 miles Elevation Gain: 816 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

washed out

Also known as Bee Loop. Nice loop in the backyard of Santa Fe Hills in San Marcos. The views are great. It is the perfect morning or evening hike. The trail is also used for mountain biking. First follow the end of Las Posas Road and continue on to the trail on the right side which leads you to a trail crossing. Turn to your right and pass the lake. Climb the first hill and continue on the trail. Then at the small downhill section keep right and climb the hill. Stay on the trail and enjoy the nice views. At the top of the hill stay left and begin the steep downhill section which leads you to a little grass field. After the grass field continue to hike uphill until you merge back on the original trail you were coming from.

hiking
great!
rocky
6 days ago

This is not a trail to undertake in the full heat of the day. We find it difficult at our advanced age to hit the trails in the early morning, so we set out on the Abeja Loop at 6:25 p.m. Believe me, we were glad of the evening on-shore flow from the pacific once we climbed out of the oaks and sycamores into the chaparal. If you take the loop clockwise, turning left after you pass Abeja Pond, you begin with a short and fairly steep downhill stretch and then you hit the steepest and most rugged part of the trail. It's a mile uphill slog on loose granite footing, that feels interminable. I am glad Martine chose to go that way, because we both realized it would have been even harder to slip and slide our way down that slope than it was to steuggle our way up it. With plenty of pauses to admire the view, we made the summit in about an hour, then took another 45 minutes back down to the trailhead. The views are incrwdible the whole way round the trail, and the proliferation of fliwers, birds, and bugs is a delight too. The only thing that spoiled things a bit was the uzzard of an oafish cumberworld whovthought it would be a great idea to ride a dirt bike up the trail. I wanted to toss him and his obnoxious machine in tge pond, but Martine would not let me. Not an easy trail. I would class it as intermediate for all but the most inexperienced traol hikers. There are no spots where you have to scramble on hands & feet over boulders, but the footing makes some stretches challenging. Next time, qe may try the counter- clockwise direction, just to see how it goes

running
21 days ago

Good for runners, not to rocky. If you follow the map exactly then way down is steeper than the way up so I would recommend going up the left way instead of the right. Wear a hat and sunblock if u plan on going during the day because there’s no shade.

hiking
blowdown
no shade
rocky
27 days ago

Beautiful wildflowers

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

park on street then walk. .5 mile designated trail area follow the map since a tad overgrown. started at 7am only saw 2 people on trail. loop started on the right side a lot of incline. bring big spray, little nats everywhere. beautiful scenic, cold, and great workout.

hiking
1 month ago

I was quite pleased with this difficult and steep trail so close to home. Sunday may 31st 2020 and only saw three other families the whole time. Nice breeze near the top. It was still a bit hot for my Dog so it took us 2 hours.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty area, better with a couple people than alone. Keep an eye out for snakes, almost stepped in a big rattler!

hiking
2 months ago

Be sure to follow the trail map - no signage & lots of different trail off-shoots. At the very top of the loop, in the flat area saw a 4’ rattle snake - dog almost stepped on him & he was pissed. Beautiful views & great exercise - we had a great adventure. Be sure to brings lots of water, especially on warm days.

hiking
2 months ago

Quite a workout! Make sure you bring water, even though it’s short, there are some very steep parts.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail! Did this trail on Sunday with my kids ages 6-12. Great little work out and did about 4 miles worth of hiking.

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no shade
rocky
2 months ago

Great view at the top!! Took us 1 hour 30 mins with a lot of water breaks.

no shade
2 months ago

this is a HARD hike! not moderate! crazy hills, both directions of the loop! that sounds like an old grandpa.. "back in my day, we walked uphill to school, both ways"... well, its true! I see that now. the lake & creek were pretty, but it was a brutal hike for any non-expert hikers. I wouldn't recommend for a 'nice day hike'.

hiking
muddy
rocky
washed out
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Good incline, pretty great cardio workout. Nice views at top. The trail itself is very rocky and half of it is going downhill so beware it can get slippery. Good workout otherwise

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

Very nice trail, good exercise going up the trail but wonderful views atop the mountain. there are a lot of side trails to explore. hard on knees (at least for me) going down the trail

Great little challenge. Stay to the left at the fork for a workout! Incredible views 360.

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muddy
rocky
3 months ago

Great frikkin hike 3.8miles we recorded and it was a little muddy because it started raining but the ground is (thankfully) rocky enough to grip your footing beautiful views, lots of flowers, beautiful lake, majestically overgrown trail; does not disturb trail at all.

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

Great trail with fantastic 360 views from the top. The uphill climb wasn’t too hard but the downhill section was steep, rocky, washed out, and slippery. There’s also a wicked uphill at the end of the loop that meets back up with the main trail. All in all, it was a great hike with a little bit of everything, not too hard, not too easy, just long enough. Also great for the kids.

hiking
rocky
washed out
4 months ago

Rocky, moderate hike. Good exercise going up hill.

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

recorded Abeja Loop Trail

hiking
washed out
9 months ago

Very washed out trail steep and lots of loose rocks

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