Explore the most popular trails near San Clemente with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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Get butt work out!!

trail running
1 month ago

Flew in from North Carolina and immediately hit the trail. The hills hurt but it’s a great trail for running.

2 months ago

Tough hike super steep hills, lots of great views!!
We were disgusted by how many lazy pet owners use this trail and don’t clean up after their animal!!

trail running
2 months ago

Good run if you incorporate single track trail that starts after you reach the flag, around a hill, down to the valley and back up. We got in a 10+ km morning trail run :)

hiking
2 months ago

Took the kids and dog, great workout and loved adding on patriots trail

hiking
2 months ago

As previously mentioned, up hill must of the way. It's like a choose your own adventure book, lots of branches off the main trail! Great views too! Looking forward to going back to try a different adventure!!

Such a beautiful trail to the pier.

easy chill hike.

Extremely busy path, but the views can't be beat.

on Roller Coaster

3 months ago

This trail actually can lead you to Patriot trail and/or Harbor View trail, which are better than just Roller Coaster, in and of itself. Still had fun though.

4 months ago

Easy access local San Clemente/San Juan Capistrano hike. Good workout with a lot of climb right out the gates. Great views at the top.

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.

Nice dog friendly trail with lots of parking

hiking
4 months ago

Gorgeous at sunset... nice hills!!

4 months ago

It's a light conditioning trail with openness to the ocean.

Amazing I go on this trail all the time it’s right next to my home and it’s got amazing view of the beach.

Awesome butt buster!

Great views, nice hills... could be longer

hiking
6 months ago

Great up & down hill, nice workout. Go when not too hot as sun hits your back.

Pretty good work out but was very brown and dry when I went in December. The dead thistle plants looked really cool. Neat ocean view at the end!

on Roller Coaster

hiking
6 months ago

This is an enjoyable hike. You can take a number of different trails once you get to the top. The Patriot Trail leads to a flagpole and great ocean views.

walking
6 months ago

I live close by, and try to power walk the trail a few times a week. It can be crowded, but always enjoyable.

Dry trail with little or no shade.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail. Starts off straight uphill for the 1st half mile, then you get roller coaster type hills as you see your destination, the american flag as you finish the last leg on the patriot trail. You are then treated with a beautiful view at the top of Dana Point and the ocean.
Nice wide dusty, dirt packed trail. Views on the way up of rolling hills and highway 5 in the distance. Many trail variations. Great area to get some cardio. Took 1:30 round trip at 4.5 miles.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Not a great hiking trail but god for mountain biking.

hiking
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Definitely a roller coaster. Great views

Tuesday, April 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
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Some steep hills but nothing too strenuous. It was actually really fun! This trail is actually comprised of several trails in the San Juan area. However, if you follow the track it will take you to the flagpole and you can see Dana Point Harbor and then Saddleback mountain in the other direction. Good hike for kids and dogs!

hiking
Monday, April 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.

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