Rancho Santa Margarita, CA Trails and Parks

Rancho Santa Margarita has 21 trails in the vicinity, including 14 for mountain biking and 11 hiking trails. These trails range from 0.1 to 23.6 miles in length. The most popular trails are The Joplin Trail, Coto to Caspers Ride Trail and San Juan Trail (Lower Section). Trails.com member Tim S. recently completed Santiago Peak Trail.
  • San Juan Trail (Lower Section)

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    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

    The directions are simple: follow the San Juan Trail to Cocktail Rock and return. The outbound ride runs almost completely uphill. You won’t reach a trail fork until you reach Cocktail Rock. ...
    •  1.75–2.75 hours
    •  12.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The directions are simple: follow the San Juan Trail to Cocktail Rock and return. The outbound ride runs almost completely ...

  • Coto to Caspers Ride Trail

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    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

    Skirt through Coto de Caza on the Bell View Trail. Connect to the West Ridge Trail, rolling through the northern end of Caspers Wilderness Park. Drop down the Starr Rise Trail to Bell Canyon. ...
    •  2–3 hours
    •  21.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Skirt through Coto de Caza on the Bell View Trail. Connect to the West Ridge Trail, rolling through the northern end of Caspers ...

  • Wagon Wheel Canyon Loop Trail

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    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

    This is a quick loop, using nearly all the trails in the relatively small park. Follow the Oak Canyon Trail to the Horned Toad Trail. Make the quick climb to the vista point and descend the fast ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  3.3 miles
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    This is a quick loop, using nearly all the trails in the relatively small park. Follow the Oak Canyon Trail to the Horned ...

  • West Horsethief Trail

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    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

    Don’t be fooled by the relatively short length. This ride covers remote and somewhat demanding terrain. Begin at the Holy Jim trailhead and crank up Trabuco Creek Road. In less than a mile the ...
    •  1.75–2.5 hours or more
    •  8.5 miles
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    Don’t be fooled by the relatively short length. This ride covers remote and somewhat demanding terrain. Begin at the Holy ...

  • Holy Jim to Trabuco Loop Trail

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    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

    Make the long climb up Holy Jim Trail. The trail begins in a stream-fed canyon, then switchbacks up toward Santiago Peak. Before you reach the peak, turn right on Main Divide Road. It’s a long, ...
    •  2.5–4 hours
    •  17.2 miles
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    Make the long climb up Holy Jim Trail. The trail begins in a stream-fed canyon, then switchbacks up toward Santiago Peak. ...

  • The Joplin Trail

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    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

    There is nothing brief about this ride. Crank 8.9 miles to the top of the Harding Truck Trail. Turn right on Main Divide Road and continue climbing. You’ll ride around (but not up to) Modjeska ...
    •  3–5 hours
    •  23.4 miles
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    There is nothing brief about this ride. Crank 8.9 miles to the top of the Harding Truck Trail. Turn right on Main Divide ...

  • Maple Springs to Holy Jim Shuttle Ride

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    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

    Climb the length of Maple Springs Road to the Main Divide. Turn right on Main Divide Road and continue climbing as the rock-strewn road courses around Modjeska Peak. After a modest downhill, ...
    •  3.5–5 hours
    •  22.5 miles
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    Climb the length of Maple Springs Road to the Main Divide. Turn right on Main Divide Road and continue climbing as the rock-strewn ...

  • Santiago Peak Trail

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    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

    Climb the length of Maple Springs Road to the Main Divide. Turn right on Main Divide Road and continue the ascent. You’ll pass the turnoff to Modjeska Peak near 8.7 miles. At this point the route ...
    •  2.75–4.25 hours
    •  23.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Climb the length of Maple Springs Road to the Main Divide. Turn right on Main Divide Road and continue the ascent. You’ll ...

  • Silverado Motorway Loop Trail

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    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

    Crank up the length of Maple Springs Road. After 7-plus miles, turn left on Main Divide Road. Follow the rolling ridge road another 6 miles to the top of Silverado Motorway. The way down is fast ...
    •  2–3.5 hours
    •  16.6 miles
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    Crank up the length of Maple Springs Road. After 7-plus miles, turn left on Main Divide Road. Follow the rolling ridge road ...

  • The Luge Trail

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    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

    This is a relatively small loop within a large wilderness area. Begin on pavement, following Santiago Canyon Road to the Modjeska Grade. Grind up Modjeska Grade for 0.5 miles and turn right onto ...
    •  1–1.25 hours
    •  7.4 miles
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    This is a relatively small loop within a large wilderness area. Begin on pavement, following Santiago Canyon Road to the ...

  • Tijeras Creek

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    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

    The most farflung trail in O’Neill Regional Park follows Tijeras Creek, a tributary of the Arroyo Trabuco. The creek, lined with tall sycamores, is most appealing in spring when it flows and ...
    •  3 hours
    •  6 miles
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    The most farflung trail in O’Neill Regional Park follows Tijeras Creek, a tributary of the Arroyo Trabuco. The creek, lined ...

  • Creek Trail

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    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

    Creek Trail is a hiking trail in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. It is 0.1 miles long and begins at 1,076 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.3 miles with a total elevation gain ...
    •  0.1 miles

    Creek Trail is a hiking trail in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. It is 0.1 miles long and begins at 1,076 feet altitude. ...

  • Tijeras Creek Trail

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    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

    Tijeras Creek Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. It is 3.6 miles long and begins at 502 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.3 miles with ...
    •  3.6 miles

    Tijeras Creek Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. It is 3.6 miles long and ...

  • Live Oak Canyon Trail

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    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

    Live Oak Canyon Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. It is 2.4 miles long and begins at 916 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.2 miles ...
    •  2.4 miles

    Live Oak Canyon Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. It is 2.4 miles long and ...

  • Mesa Linda Trail

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    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

    Mesa Linda Trail is a hiking trail in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 730 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.4 miles with a total elevation ...
    •  0.7 miles

    Mesa Linda Trail is a hiking trail in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 730 feet altitude. ...

  • Bluff Top Trail

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    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

    Bluff Top Trail is a hiking trail in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 822 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.7 miles with a total elevation gain ...
    •  0.8 miles

    Bluff Top Trail is a hiking trail in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 822 feet altitude. ...

  • Creek Trail

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    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

    Creek Trail is a hiking trail in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. It is 0.1 miles long and begins at 1,076 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.3 miles with a total elevation gain ...
    •  0.1 miles

    Creek Trail is a hiking trail in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. It is 0.1 miles long and begins at 1,076 feet altitude. ...

  • Bluff Top Trail

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    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

    Bluff Top Trail is a hiking trail in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 822 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.7 miles with a total elevation gain ...
    •  0.8 miles

    Bluff Top Trail is a hiking trail in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 822 feet altitude. ...

  • Tijeras Creek Trail

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    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

    Tijeras Creek Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. It is 3.6 miles long and begins at 502 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.3 miles with ...
    •  3.6 miles

    Tijeras Creek Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. It is 3.6 miles long and ...

  • Mesa Linda Trail

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    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

    Mesa Linda Trail is a hiking trail in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 730 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.4 miles with a total elevation ...
    •  0.7 miles

    Mesa Linda Trail is a hiking trail in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 730 feet altitude. ...

  • Live Oak Canyon Trail

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    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

    Live Oak Canyon Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. It is 2.4 miles long and begins at 916 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.2 miles ...
    •  2.4 miles

    Live Oak Canyon Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. It is 2.4 miles long and ...