Rancho San Clemente Ridgeline Trail

San Clemente, California

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In Southern California’s densely populated communities, where open space is at a premium, this 3-mile paved horseshoe service road along a panoramic ridge is a favorite romp with locals. The wide dirt shoulder is a cornucopia of scents for pooches, while their companions inhale the mountain and ocean views. In suburban Southern California’s “fancyland,” characterized by meticulously manicured lawns and tropical landscaped shopping malls, it’s a treat to discover a hiking route that’s mostly “au naturel.” “Natural” in this part of California is predominately a dry chaparral landscape. The hike begins around a discreet gate tucked between houses in a spiffy residential neighborhood. The San Clemente Ranch Ridgeline Trail sign lists the various trail rules, users, and customary warnings about hiking through wildlife habitat.
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by Linda and David Mullally (Falcon Guides)

In Southern California’s densely populated communities, where open space is at a premium, this 3-mile paved horseshoe service road along a panoramic ridge is a favorite romp with locals. The wide dirt shoulder is a cornucopia of scents for pooches, while their companions inhale the mountain and ocean views.

In suburban Southern California’s “fancyland,” characterized by meticulously manicured lawns and tropical landscaped shopping malls, it’s a treat to discover a hiking route that’s mostly “au naturel.” “Natural” in this part of California is predominately a dry chaparral landscape. The hike begins around a discreet gate tucked between houses in a spiffy residential neighborhood. The San Clemente Ranch Ridgeline Trail sign lists the various trail rules, users, and customary warnings about hiking through wildlife habitat.

© 2016 Linda and David Mullally/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: San Clemente
Distance: 5.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 780 feet
Top Elevation: 873 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: City of San Clemente, 100 Avenida Presidio, San Clemente 92673; (949) 361-8264; san-clemente.org
Local Maps: USGS San Clemente
Driving Directions: Directions to Rancho San Clemente Ridgeline Trail

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