Salt Creek Trail

Orange County, California

Elevation Gain319ft
Trailhead Elevation198ft
Elevation Min/Max56/198ft
Elevation Start/End198/198ft

Salt Creek Trail

Salt Creek Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Orange County, California. It is 4.3 miles long and begins at 198 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 319 feet.

Salt Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point is a tremendously popular beach that draws surfers, swimmers, sunbathers, and families. At low tide, the tidepools are also worth exploring. Most visitors pay to park at the large lot between the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) and Ritz-Carlton Drive, but those with a sense of adventure can combine exercise and relaxation via the Salt Creek Trail."

"Salt Creek Trail offers a tour of the good life, Orange County-style. It begins at Salt Creek Beach, a lovely, 1.5 mile-long sand strand, skirts the Ritz-Carlton Hotel grounds, turns inland and leads past the Monarch Beach Golf Links, then ascends through a long greenbelt park into the heart of Laguna Niguel. Salt Creek Trail is popular with south Orange County locals, particularly exercise walkers. The paved path crosses the community of Dana Point, the city of Laguna Niguel, as well as three parks: Salt Creek Beach Park, Salt Creek Regional Park and Chapparosa Community Park. While the trail is a multi-use path, and open to cyclists, it’s mostly a travel corridor for those on foot—walkers, joggers, and stroller-pushing moms and dads. Beach-bound bicyclists prefer to zoom along the bike path paralleling Niguel Road—a far speedier route than Salt Creek Trail."

"The Salt Creek watershed flows through the cities of Laguna
Niguel and Dana Point to the sea. A paved three-mile, multi-use trail follows Salt Creek through a wide greenbelt corridor in the heart of Laguna Niguel, connecting the beach with the coastal hills.

This hike begins from Salt Creek Beach Park by the Ritz
Carlton Hotel grounds, between South Laguna and Dana Point.
From the north end of the beach, the paved path curves inland,
heading through The Links at Monarch Beach, Salt Creek Regional Park, and San Juan Canyon to Chapparosa Community Park. The path is a popular walking route for the adjacent neighborhoods."

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Trail Information

Orange County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
OC Parks: SCBP
Local Contacts
U.S.G.S. Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano
Local Maps