Santa Margarita River Trail

Fallbrook, CA
Length: 1.50 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

[Total: 2    Average: 5/5]

This trail has quickly become my family’s favorite place to creek stomp! The entire trail is 5 miles round trip, but this review is just the 1.5 mile round trip to the creek stomping area, which also avoids the major hills. If you’d like to make the hike longer, you are welcome to pass the creek area and keep hiking. The trail is almost entirely flat to the creek, but there were a few little rock scrambles my 4 year old easily did on her own. The trail is wide, but does have a drop off on the side of the creek the majority of the way (you can see it in my pictures). Keep an eye out for poison oak, which lined the majority of the trail. Leashed friendly dogs are welcome on the trail and in the creek.

In the parking lot you will find two porta potties. Follow the wide trail that follows the creek. Soon you will reach what looks like a three way intersection (image with red arrow below). Left is to the creek, right is up a really steep and rocky trail, and straight is the easiest trail. A little ways down the right and middle trails meet back up. Continue to follow the trail until your GPS hits roughly 0.75 miles. On your right you will see a small brown marker with white writing that says “A6A (picture below),” and just before that you will see a wide trail forking off the left (image below with purple arrow). That trail will take you to the creek. Enjoy stomping in the creek, and then when you are ready to head home take the same path back.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Stroller friendly No
Stroller terrain No Wheels
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Natural Play Area, Rockclimbing, Shaded Hike, and Wildlife Viewing

Beautiful flat trail that leads to the most fun creek in San Diego to play in!

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

There is a very small designated lot that fills up very quickly. Unfortunately most of the roads surrounding the area do not allow you to park along them, though people do anyway.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 2    Average: 5/5]

Hike it Baby member since spring 2016. Current HiB Asheville NC Branch Ambassador. Past HiB San Diego CA and Orange County CA Branch Ambassador, and past National Team volunteer for Community Values, HiB30 Challenge Prizes, Mentor, and Ambassador Continued Education teams.



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