Santa Margarita, CA Trails and Parks

Santa Margarita has 11 trails in the vicinity, including 9 hiking trails and 3 for off-highway drives. These trails range from 2.6 to 34 miles in length. The most popular trails are Garcia Ridge, Hi Mountain and Rinconada Trail. Trails.com member Bedell D. recently completed Pine Mountain.
  • Grey Pine Trail to Eagle ViewView Trail Details

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    Santa Margarita, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  Easy to Moderate
    •  1.5 hours
    •  3.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The Grey Pine Trail weaves through the foothills at the base of the mountains next to Santa Margarita Lake. The hike winds through the shade ...

  • West Cuesta Ridge Road to Cuesta Ridge Botanical AreaView Trail Details

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    Santa Margarita, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  Easy to Moderate
    •  3 hours
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    The West Cuesta Ridge Road, also called the TV Tower Road, begins at the summit of the Cuesta Grade. The paved road winds up the terraced slopes ...

  • Blinn Ranch TrailView Trail Details

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    Santa Margarita, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  Easy to Moderate
    •  3 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Blinn Ranch Trail is an old ranch road that follows the north edge of Santa Margarita Lake from the eastern end of the lake. The hike begins ...

  • East Cuesta Ridge RoadView Trail Details

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    Santa Margarita, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  Easy to Moderate
    •  3 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    The East Cuesta Ridge Road, also called the Mount Lowe Road, begins at the summit of the Cuesta Grade. The unpaved road traverses the mountain ...

  • East Cuesta Ridge TrailView Trail Details

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    Santa Margarita, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  Moderate
    •  4 hours
    •  7.9 miles
    •  Guide

    The trail to the ridge is actually a well-maintained, little-used dirt and gravel service road leading to several communication towers and Los ...

  • Sandstone TrailView Trail Details

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    Santa Margarita, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  Easy to Moderate
    •  2.5 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    The Sandstone Trail begins at the eastern access to Santa Margarita Lake. The trail traverses the hillside through oak groves on the south side ...

  • Rinconada TrailView Trail Details

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    Santa Margarita, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  Easy to Moderate
    •  2 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    The Rinconada Trail is a beautiful backcountry hike in the Los Padres National Forest. Switchbacks lead up the grassy slopes to a ridge with ...

  • Lone Pine Trail to Vaca FlatView Trail Details

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    Santa Margarita, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  Easy to Moderate
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Vaca Flat is a beautiful waterfront picnic area surrounded by mountains on a peninsula jutting into Santa Margarita Lake. The Lone Pine Trail ...

  • Garcia RidgeView Trail Details

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    Santa Margarita, CA

    • Off-Highway Drives  
    •  Allow 2 hours
    •  9.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Scenic views from top of ridge. One way in and out. Spring and early summer wildflowers. Good trail for ATVs and dirt bikes. Adventure Pass required ...

  • Pine MountainView Trail Details

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    Santa Margarita, CA

    • Off-Highway Drives  
    •  Allow 2 to 3 hours
    •  9.2 miles
    •  Guide

    A fun drive to a high ridge along Machesna Mountain Wilderness. Very scenic with a chance to see soaring California condor. This is an excellent ...

  • Hi MountainView Trail Details

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    Santa Margarita, CA

    •  1.5 hours
    •  34 miles
    •  Guide

    Oak woodlands; vistas of the Santa Lucia Range. The road goes between the Santa Lucia and Garcia Wilderness areas, where mechanized travel isn’t ...