Rancho San Clemente Ridgeline Trail is a hiking and biking trail in San Clemente, California. It is 2.8 miles long and begins at 845 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,278 feet.
Rancho San Clemente Ridgeline Trail Professional Reviews and 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."
--Linda and David Mullally, Best Dog Hikes Southern California (Falcon Guides).
"The Rancho San Clemente Ridgeline Trail is a popular neighborhood trail in the coastal hills above San Clemente. The trail follows a horseshoe-shaped ridge separating the coastal front from the inland basin, just west of the Orange-San Diego county line. The paved path stretches across the undulating ring of mountains, passing three scenic viewpoints en route to Knob Hill. Throughout the hike are sweeping coastal vistas and views across the inland valley to the Santa Ana and Santa Margarita Mountains. The trail is frequently used by dog owners."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes Around Orange County (Day Hike Books).
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