Best Trails Near Santa Margarita CA

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 longest trail in Santa Margarita is Hi Mountain a well-known trail measuring 34 miles in total length.

The most popular trails are Rinconada Trail, Pine Mountain and Sandstone Trail. Trails.com member Bedell D. recently completed Pine Mountain.

More information on the best trails in Santa Margarita can be found below.
  • Grey Pine Trail to Eagle View

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    Santa Margarita, CA

    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 of an oak-studded forest beneath magnificent sandstone ...
    •  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 ...

  • Blinn Ranch Trail

    1 Reviews

    Santa Margarita, CA

    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 along the pastoral rolling grasslands dotted with ...
    •  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 ...

  • West Cuesta Ridge Road to Cuesta Ridge Botanical Area

    1 Reviews

    Santa Margarita, CA

    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 of the mountain to some of the prime vistas in ...
    •  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 ...

  • East Cuesta Ridge Road

    1 Reviews

    Santa Margarita, CA

    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 along the Santa Lucia Wilderness through the shade ...
    •  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 ...

  • Garcia Ridge

    0 Reviews

    Santa Margarita, CA

    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 if you stop to recreate or camp. Series of ...
    •  Moderate
    •  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. ...

  • Pine Mountain

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    Santa Margarita, CA

    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 trail for SUVs despite having to turn around at ...
    •  Difficult
    •  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. ...

  • Sandstone Trail

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    Santa Margarita, CA

    The Sandstone Trail begins at the eastern access to Santa Margarita Lake. The trail traverses the hillside through oak groves on the south side of the lake. The hike leads to scenic overlooks ...
    •  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 ...

  • Rinconada Trail

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    Santa Margarita, CA

    The Rinconada Trail is a beautiful backcountry hike in the Los Padres National Forest. Switchbacks lead up the grassy slopes to a ridge with scenic vista points of the Santa Lucia Mountains, ...
    •  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 ...

  • Lone Pine Trail to Vaca Flat

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    Santa Margarita, CA

    Vaca Flat is a beautiful waterfront picnic area surrounded by mountains on a peninsula jutting into Santa Margarita Lake. The Lone Pine Trail winds through an oak forest past sculpted sandstone ...
    •  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. ...

  • East Cuesta Ridge Trail

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    Santa Margarita, CA

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

  • Hi Mountain

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    Santa Margarita, CA

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