San Clemente Canyon Trail

EASY 148 reviews

San Clemente Canyon Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Diego, California and is good for all skill levels. 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.

2.7 miles
118 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


mountain biking

trail running


5 days ago

The trail is nice enough but there is dog crap all over the trails and I would guess off trail too. I was there first week June 2018 and was lucky to see a mature and healthy looking bobcat!!

15 days ago

Very easy trail, plenty of afar so the vegetation is happy and green. There are always lots of other people and bikers, but the trail is so wide it’s easy to share.

1 month ago

I went out here to test the trail for running, as Afoot and Afield had listed it as a nice trail run. This is a really pretty, easy hike that has a lot of shady areas, a rare occurrence in San Diego. However, it is NOT suitable for running! Lots of river rocks and unstable surfaces make it unsafe for running. I'll stick to walking next time!

2 months ago

People! If you bring dogs, don't leave the dog crap-bag next to the trail. Pick it up and don't be lazy. BETTER YET, leave your pet at home.
Trail was decent, not crowded, and had benches here and there.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Scenerie is beautiful, the terrain is not good for biking. There is too many rocks to enjoy the ride.

4 months ago

Trails aren’t well marked and lots of rock along the trail. However, the scenery is pretty and it’s not too crowded.

8 months ago

This was a nice quick hike the area is nice and thare was some shade along the trail.

9 months ago

Typical San Diego Canyon. Nothing exciting to look at and lots of river rock to roll your ankle on. Trails aren't well marked so we ended up taking the wrong one back to the parking lot.

11 months ago

Great spot for walking , lots of small rocks on the way , different trials to explore !!!!

11 months ago

A well defined trail. Lots of road nose, but that's to be expected. Kid friendly, but not exactly stroller friendly, some small sections are covered in small rocks. This trail is good for a nice relaxing walk.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Nice and easy trail. There's a steam too.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Great find!

Sunday, March 05, 2017

this hike was more of a moderate hike. A lot of having to bend over to get under branches that have grown over the trail. Also there is poison ivy down by the river so be careful down in that area.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

This was a fun, easy hike following some rain. On the cobb trail, I spotted two bobcats !

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Easy walk. Pretty trail, with fairly good shade. Main drawback is noise from the nearby freeway.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Easy hike with a nice rocky climb at the half way mark... Took 2 chihuahuas and they walked the whole trail...

Friday, July 01, 2016

Very pretty, but right now there is a section that has some very aggressive bees. We got stung multiple times on two different occasions in the same place - east of Genesee, on the south side of the creek just before Biltmore Trail.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

More of a walk, next to the freeway the whole time. Lots of poison oak and bees.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

nice hike with diverse scenery. Very green lots of spring flowers. But you are next to the highway most of the time and can hear the highway noise.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Super pretty easy hike that runs along a little creek. Easy to get to, there are bathrooms a parking lot and a clear trailhead. The only thing is it runs along the freeway so you can hear the noise

mountain biking
Saturday, October 24, 2015

Not bad for a walk in the park, or just going for a run. Not the most entertaining place for a mountain bike though. Some fun technical stuff, and some more expert type terrain is available too, but there certainly isn't very much. Was a well maintained area though.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Even though there's significant freeway noise from Hwy 52, this is an enjoyable place to cool off under a canopy of sycamores and oaks in the city. Easy walking with a couple of water crossings in rainier seasons. Make sure you lock your car. Good place to introduce kids to hiking because the trail is short and relatively flat.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pretty hike but would recommend some music headphones cuz the 52 is annoyingly loud.... Also, as shown is not even close to 6.0 miles????

Monday, February 10, 2014

Nice hike. Included the side to the west of Genesse and went out to the railroad tracks next to the five. Also recommend going up Cobb street and Stanley trails for some great side hikes. We got in an 8-9 mile hike with the above additions. Aside from the constant traffic noise from the 52, it was a very enjoyable hike.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

We weren't so impressed as you hear the hum of the traffic as you walk and the trails are not clearly marked.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

My wife and i decided to see this park, it's a nice and easy hike with shade from trees. very short hike but very beautiful.I sugest you read Afoot and Afield is a book about trails in San Diego,

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Great trail for the family. My son and I walk it regularly and sometimes take our bikes. Watch your kids around the poison oak.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

We love doing the trails with kids. Also good for jogging strollers.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

It's a nice looking trail And is well maintained but you do hear the constant hum of traffic from the 52 freeway throughout your hike. There is a lot of poison oak on the sides of the trail but the trail is wide so you are not forced into it.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Lovely but lots of poison oak.

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