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Santa Margarita River Trail

Fallbrook, CA

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Santa Margarita River Trail is a 6 mile loop trail located near Fallbrook, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is used for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. It is accessible year-round.

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Vail Lake
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9 Completed 3 Reviews

Ran the Spartan Sprint here in 2013. It was a tough run up and down the trails and through the mud and water. Definitely need plenty of water during the hotter weather. I ran it in January and still got my butt kicked! The view from the higher elevations is awesome...well, not so much when you can't breathe and cramping in your quads! LMAO

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Dripping Springs Campground Trail
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5 Completed 1 Reviews

I camped at the springs, the trees were colorful. took the dog and we went to the top of Tibia Mountain. Nice views all the way up, the trail was great, not too rocky. You could see the ocean from the top, Great , great views. Take water. The grade up is gradual, not too steep. But still not sure of the mileage. The hiking book says 13.8, this web site says 8 miles, the map at the trail head says 10 miles to junction on top. I'm taking the horses next time and trying the horse trails. Maybe in spring.

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Dripping Springs Campground Trail
by Amy Goodrich

1 Completed 1 Reviews

Didn't get to finish the trail...started late. Will definitely be back to finish!

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Dripping Springs Campground Trail
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31 Completed 6 Reviews

The trailhead is about 10 miles out from the 15 off of the 79 hwy, you'll see a 1/4 mile sign and the Dripping Springs Campground sign right after. There is parking for the trailhead as soon as you turn in on the right, there is also a self-pay adventure pass drop box, $5 per day. I'd say this hike was about 15 miles roundtrip figuring 1 hr = 3 miles. Roundtrip took me 5 hrs, from the Trailhead to the Palomar-Magee Trail sign at the top of the mountain and back. The trail starts off with long switchbacks at a slow incline and then turns to weaving between the mountains and then back to long switchbacks going back up another mountain. About 10 minutes before getting to the Palomar-Magee sign the bugs went from a few to a lot! I was going to keep going but about 10 minutes past the sign I decided the bug situation was not getting any better, I can handle bugs but this was bad enough to turn around. I brought 2 liters of water which was ok for me since I am able to pace my water intake but it was very hot, so I suggest only doing this hike on cool days.

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Dripping Springs Campground Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

You can hike up to the top and back in about 5 hours - a LOT of elevation gain. Make sure to bring plenty of water! If you do the full loop, make sure you're prepared for about 17 miles!

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Dripping Springs Campground Trail
by Heather Dailey

8 Completed 2 Reviews

Mapped out at 11 miles from parking and we didn't go all the way to the pines! The info for trail distance needs to be rechecked!

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Agua Tibia Loop Trail
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6 Completed 1 Reviews

Was an awesome hike. Me and my wife hiked it in 9.5 hours.

Advice bring lots of water and food, and start early.

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Temecula Meadowview Loop
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9 Completed 3 Reviews

More of a walk than a "hike". You are literally walking in a circle just behind everyone's back yard. Won't do this one again.

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Dripping Springs Campground Trail
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

My phone told us to go down Anja... but don't, go down Temecula Prkway another mile, camp ground & trails are about a mile down.

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Temecula Meadowview Loop
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

It's basically walking around a subdivision, wont be doing it again.

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