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San Mateo Canyon Loop Trail

MODERATE 62 reviews

San Mateo Canyon Loop Trail is a 2.8 mile loop trail located near San Clemente, California. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 472 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

running

over grown

hiking
3 days ago

No trail markers. Hard to figure out where to go. Nice view, though.

hiking
1 month ago

Great little trail! Perfect to a relaxing hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Lots of snakes this time of year

nature trips
8 months ago

An OK trail. I started at the San Clemente Dog Park and went left on the trail with my dog and a stroller. We only made it about 1/4 of the way before the trail got too narrow for us. Bring water and wear a hat/ sunglasses.

hiking
9 months ago

Overgrown and difficult to find our way even with app. Do not recommend to bring dogs.

hiking
over grown
rocky
9 months ago

Little to no trail markers, bad outline on map

hiking
bugs
off trail
over grown
9 months ago

4/2019 trail is still intacted. trail is over grown. this trail system needs a paper map for visitors. the all trails app doesn't have all the trails in the area listed.

10 months ago

Had a run in with a large brown on brown snake about a half mile in. not sure what kind. My dog, kids and I quickly reversed directions to leave. I won't be going back.

hiking
muddy
over grown
10 months ago

It was a good hike for scenery but super muddy I couldn’t even walk we went back in five minutes.

hiking
bridge out
muddy
10 months ago

Sun Oct 28 2018

First part of the trail is fine. The second half is overgrown as of 4/14/2019. There's lots of stinging nettle. However the view is great and it's really cool walking between walls of seven foot tall stalks of wild mustard on either side of you.

hiking
Sat Apr 21 2018

easy chill hike.

hiking
Fri Mar 16 2018

I thought this was a great moderate trail. Nice for a family hike and great for mountain biking. beautiful scenery with the military base close by.

Sun Jun 18 2017

Not a great hiking trail but god for mountain biking.

Tue Apr 11 2017

There are no markers on the trail. Hard to tell where you are. Ended up going the wrong way because of no markers. 2.8 miles turned into 4.6. Probably will never go back.

hiking
Mon Apr 03 2017

Hiked early March after an above normal rainy season. Found the trails easy and narri with some low muddy spots. Rolling and windy trails was an easy and peaceful hike. The tall grass and shrubs were a nice change.

hiking
Sat Dec 10 2016

Nice trail to do with my dog. great views.

running
Sat Jun 20 2015

I ran the trail as my 6 year old followed in his MTB. The trail was a fine single-track with a lot of twists and turns, something I'm sure the MTBrs enjoy. In some areas the trail is overgrown, which seems impossible since the area is in middle of a severe drought. It's much hotter as you delve deeper into the canyon. Ensure you pack enough water to sustain life. The trail's signage needs improvement as a newcomer to the area I down myself asking local MTBrs about best routes. I will certainly venture back out again and often.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

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