Best trails in San Juan Capistrano, California

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Looking for a great trail near San Juan Capistrano, California? AllTrails has 11 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Crystal Cove State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Santa Margarita County Preserve or Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. Ready for some activity? There are 7 moderate trails in San Juan Capistrano ranging from 2.4 to 5.6 miles and from 167 to 882 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in San Juan Capistrano, California
Top trails (11)
#1 - South los Mares, Cerro Rebal and Patriot Trail (Roller Coaster Loop)
San Juan Capistrano, California
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 25 m
The trail begins at a gate at the end of Camino de los Mares in San Clemente. Parking is not allowed on Camino de los Mares. Instead, park on the side street about 50 yards from the end. This is a wide path with lots of ups and downs. Distant views of the ocean and Dana Point harbour.Show more
#2 - San Juan Trail
Cleveland National Forest
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Length: 19.4 mi • Est. 10 h 16 m
#3 - Dana Hills Loop Trail
San Juan Capistrano, California
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 39 m
#4 - East Ridge Bell Canyon Loop Trail
Caspers Wilderness Park
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 18 m
Lots of trails in this general location- $3 to get in.Show more
#5 - Lower Trabuco Creek Trail
San Juan Capistrano, California
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 2 h 28 m
#6 - Las Ramblas, Prima Desecha, Entrada, Cerro Rebal, Foster canyon, and Delgado Canyon Loop
San Juan Capistrano, California
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 2 h 33 m
Note: As of June 2020, trail head parking is currently closed, but there is nearby street parking. Great for runners, hikers, bikers, but not so much for the strollers. A lot of chances to add and subtract from the total distance, but so much up and down. Yes, one rattlesnake on trail, but otherwise, great groups of persons on trail!Show more
#7 - Shasta Sendero Loop
San Juan Capistrano, California
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 28 m
This trail goes around a gated community. The trail should now reflect a trail that goes around, not into, the neighborhood.Show more
#8 - Forster Canyon and Patriot Trail
San Juan Capistrano, California
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 58 m
Trailhead has been updated December 2020 as users reported private property signage at the trailhead on La Novia Avenue.Show more
#9 - Bell Canyon Trail
Caspers Wilderness Park
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 1 h 42 m
#10 - Pinhead Peak Trail
Caspers Wilderness Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 11 m
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