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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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Recent Reviews

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Harveston Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

It is not really a trail. It is a loop around a man-made lake in the middle of a neighborhood. However, it is beautiful and perfect if you have small children. There are ducks, a nice playground and bathrooms.

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Wild Horse Trail
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6 Completed 3 Reviews

Love this trail! Very similar to Dripping Springs (being that they're connected), nothing too difficult. Nice rolling hills, super rocky on the incline, and a whole bunch of sun. Plenty of chill spots on high rock formations along the way ;-). Bring your essentials and your good, nothing outlandish here. Trailhead is a joke to find, expect crowds on the weekends!

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Dripping Springs Campground Trail
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6 Completed 3 Reviews

Sweet trail, nice and simple. 5 star for being exactly what it should be. Nothing to difficult, just a nice distance of constant up and down on rocky terrain. No switchbacks (thank god), but you definitely get your fix when it comes to vertical hiking. Easy to find the trail head, and it connect to a few other trails if you want to really extend your trip. The trail is about 5 minutes form my house, so I do this hike constantly to keep in shape for the bigger trails. I Love it, I highly recommend it, so go rock it! Happy Hiking :-)

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Dripping Springs Trail
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5 Completed 6 Reviews

Very nice trail near Temecula, good views and cute campsite.

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Agua Tibia Loop Trail
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6 Completed 3 Reviews

Awesome trail! Nothing too crazy here, just a nice and typical California hike. Gorgeous rolling hills, a bunch of dried up river beds, nice rock formations, and some sick wildlife. It's a longer trail, but nothing to rough for beginner or moderate hikers if they just cut the trip short. SUPER easy to find the trail head, which makes it packed beyond belief on weekends. Bring your essentials, and you'll be solid! Happy Hiking :-)

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Temecula Meadowview Loop
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5 Completed 6 Reviews

Nice walking trail in Temecula. I wouldn't recommend traveling just to come to it, but it's a nice close by form of exercise.

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Temecula Meadowview Loop
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10 Completed 7 Reviews

Very nice, easy walking trail. Great for family and pets just love it. We saw a lot of people on Bikes, will try that next.

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Dripping Springs Campground Trail
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

The parking lot is actually about half a mile down the road from Anja (coming from Temecula), it costs $5 per day, make sure you have a pen to fill out the little sheet.

It would probably be easiest to just park in one of the car camping spots right next to the trailhead if you don't want to walk on the pavement to it, it's a little ways but not too bad.

This is definitelt more of a workout than a scenery hike, as you are pretty "tree'd" in on the trail, but the views near the top are very nice. It will be very hot anytime it's not winter, so extra water is handy. The trail is slighty uphill just about the entire way, mainly rocky dirt. I went with my backpacking pack for practice, definitely got a good workout.

The weather changed very fast, during sunset on the way down my hands were pretty cold (it's also Winter), should of brought gloves. I will definitely be coming back for exercise and the fact that it's close to my house. Also, even on a cold winter day the trail was heavily populated, just a tip.

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Vail Lake
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9 Completed 4 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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