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 offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.5 miles
209 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


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