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 or Bolsa Chica State Beach, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Arce Park or San Juan Capistrano Sports Park. Ready for some activity? There are 7 moderate trails in San Juan Capistrano ranging from 2.4 to 10.1 miles and from 167 to 928 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
28 days ago

This is a decent hike with some steep slopes. I didn’t have go through any gates or know any codes on the trail. However, the starting point seems misplaced as I couldn’t find access to the logical roads without a gate code. I will most likely take this trail again.

Shakedown Alert⚠️ They charge $3 to enter this park. I passed on it there's so many around here that are free. Soon they will come up w a reason to charge for the

hiking
2 months ago

A nicely manacured hike. Moderate to easy. I hiked it several times and never needed a key nor did I encounter any gates although I am a resident of Rancho Mission Viejo. When want a more rigerous hike I just hike it twice. It's a nice hike!

hiking
bugs
off trail
2 months ago

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

There are lots of flowers to those that are really into flowers. If you want to see the creek, you'll have to move a lot of plants out of the way; It'll be easier to see the end.

hiking
bugs
no shade
3 months ago

Be careful with rattlesnakes. We saw one on the trail and heard a lot of them off the main trail.

Uphill hike not a death march just continuous Deep ruts hard to navigate Hardly any directional signs You need a recreation parking permit

Had lunch at the tables about 4 miles in. Great local uphill training. Got lucky with cloud cover today!

hiking
over grown
washed out
4 months ago

Careful with dogs. Three rattlesnake sightings today. If you take off left, the final leg of the “loop” is nonexistent. Looks like a few that took off before us tried to follow the red line down the hill but it’s completely overgrown and not advised to continue. We ended up doubling back and taking short cuts to get back to the car. If you follow the fire break down to the road, it will drop you off south of the Capistrano District offices. That will add a solid 2 miles to the loop back to the trail head.

hiking
4 months ago

Loved the trail! ♥️

hiking
private property
4 months ago

Great trail but one half of the listed part goes through a gated neighborhood that you need a code to get in and out even though it was nice to get in a run, it definitely threw me off.

hiking
bugs
no shade
off trail
over grown
rocky
4 months ago

...too short for me, but pretty the day I went.

Hiked on a cool day in April. Nice shady walk at first, more exposed in the middle. San Juan Creek was running "high" (perhaps 4" deep). This is the second time I've done this hike and really enjoyed it. Fantastic views. Watch out for mountain bikes around blind curves. Saw tadpoles, rabbits, doves, and other birds. No large animals (deer, bobcats, coyotes, etc.) but the area looks like it would be good for them. Would recommend this hike. Also, ranger at entrance was very helpful in explaining hikes and possible trail outages for other trails.

Lots of wildflowers this year! Enjoy!

trail was closed in the middle near the creek, had to back track.

Beautiful trail. The view at the top is worth the trek!

hiking
washed out
6 months ago

Fun hike to a challenging peak. Finding the trail to the peak of Old Sugarloaf is a bit of a hunt in itself.

hiking
6 months ago

Fun, quick trail with decent elevation change. Beautiful after some decent rain. Can be quite green.

hiking
no shade
7 months ago

This trail is not for hikers. I was clearly the only one who thought it might be because I didn't see a single other hiker. This may be a great trail for biking, I have no idea, but the cyclists were out in force. I didn't get hit once, I consider this an accomplishment. Getting to the trail is easy, you need an Adventure Pass to park. The distance and grade wasn't too difficult. The trail was very easy to follow. The final mile was rocky and fun to hike. Ok, the cons: Almost no shade The first mile was mostly switchbacks So many mountain bikers coming down full speed, some places where you have nowhere to let them pass The trail was mostly loose dirt on hard ground, like a bad softball field. You will slip, a lot. Probably even fall a few times. There are many deep ruts that are only four inches wide. Most are unavoidable. A step on the side of the rut will make you fall. So you're stuck walking like you're on a tightrope. Some parts of the trail are partially washed out so you need to run across them to avoid sliding down into a ravine. Easy with the momentum of a bike, harder on foot. One of the bikers suggested hiking South of Ortega highway where bikes aren't allowed.

on San Juan Trail

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

mountain biking
8 months ago

This is a an awesome trail!!! Period!!! This is an adventure every time I get on this trail. Fun never stops, and the challenges change with every outing...

hiking
8 months ago

The hike is great when you're on the trail. There's an awkward part in the middle where you're walking through a residential area, paralleling a golf course, on regular sidewalk, with cars driving by. I probably won't do this loop again because of that. Tons of other trails in the same area, so find a way to bypass the streets and stay on the trails.

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