Abeja Loop Trail

MODERATE 82 reviews

Abeja Loop Trail is a 2.9 mile lightly 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.

2.9 miles
816 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers



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.

We went early. Got lost a bit as there are several breaks. Use this app to keep on trail. Beautiful views. At 9:00 there were very few people on the trail. Some up hills spots, def a good morning work out (beginners and moderate hikers)

11 days ago

Nice quick pretty hike. Ponds, wildlife. Easy to park and walk to the trailhead.

12 days ago

Fun hike , good ups and downs to get the heart going and a bit of burn on the kegs .

13 days ago

nice hike, so many trails to choose from. this was my 2nd hike at this location so I had to follow some other trails.

1 month ago

This is a great loop hike for the proximity and typical southern California shrubs. It was pretty steep with lots of small rocks, but not too long. Some of the gullies on the east side were very deep. Great views at the top, and only saw two other people. Did the hike around noon today so it was pretty hot.

5 months ago

It's a nice hike for moderate to hard and esperienced hikers. Definitely not for beginners. Some areas need a bit of maintenance. Some dangerous steep areas. not for little kids. Dog lovers: take care after them. Bring enough water.

6 months ago

Great hike, definitely needs to be marked as a hard hike. If you follow the map, which we did, very steep and rocky. Not a hike for beginners. If you want a leg workout for the day this is perfect! :) BeCareful of the over growth on the path. Very private path ;)

7 months ago

great trail. mostly uphill. but great view at the top on either side.

7 months ago

So not moderate. That was difficult. Very step and rocky both up and down. A good workout but not a friendly dog walking trail.

8 months ago

Great for when you don't have a lot of time and want to squeeze a good hike in. The initial uphill is a bit intense but the views are lovely on a nice day and the burn in your legs makes it worthwhile. The way down has really taken a beating after the recent rains so be careful when navigating the canyons that have taken over the path.

8 months ago

8 months ago

Overall a good trail, not too tough. My kids absolutely loved it. Great view of the area on a clear day.

9 months ago

I would say a bit above moderate and longer than 2.9 miles but still a wonderful hike!

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10 months ago

The rains have made the trails rocky and washed out but still nice

11 months ago

It's a nice hike. A lot of going up over hills. If you go up the first hill; go on gravel to trails ahead. There are no signs.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Great trail, great weather, a great time!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Good workout. I was in the area & glad I did it, but not sure I would do it again if I wasn't nearby. The "lake" is more of a pond. Nice views from the top, but very loose rocks heading down (I went up on the South side & down on the North side), do it took me longer to get to the bottom vs going up.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Use your trail tracker if you're not sure where to go. There's a lot of side trails and no signs.

I recommend going up and down the right side of the loop. The left side was very steep and rocky, so it's hard on the knees if you take it in the way down.

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