Painted Rock Trail

EASY 6 reviews

Painted Rock Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Santa Margarita, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from March until October.

2.5 miles
209 feet

kid friendly


nature trips



wild flowers


historic site

no dogs

You must visit to get a permit and access code for the gate.

1 month ago

Need to visit to get a required permit and access code. Closed 3/1-7/15 for nesting bird season and only access at that time is by guided tour.

3 months ago

Pretty quite worth the drive and time just don’t think I would ever go back.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

vandalized badly

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Good place for solitude if you do the self-tour in the offseason. Very quiet. Pictographs and geology are interesting. I've gone twice, a year apart. The pictographs seem to be fading fast. Seem less visible even a year later. One would be wise to go see them before they are gone forever. An easy walk and well marked, wide trail. Chance to see antelope and elk on the drive in. Also, lots of tarantulas at the right time of year. This is an important, even sacred, place to many people... tread lightly and be respectful.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Sunday, March 24, 2013