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In addition to its world renowned beaches and golf, San Clemente has 5 major trail networks detailed below that span the City from the beach, up the canyons and along the ridgelines. These trails have been designed to provide a safe walking, hiking and riding experience while maintaining San Clemente’s coastal rural environment. The ridgeline trails provide spectacular views of the coast in both directions and pristine coastal canyons in adjacent wildlife reserves. San Clemente is a rare Orange County coastal City that is bordered on two sides by protected wild lands. Deer, coyote and bobcats are common as is a full compliment of local and seasonal bird life.

Can I bring my bike/dog/horse? Bikes are welcome on all trails. Dogs are allowed but must be leashed and owners are expected to clean up after their pets. Horses are currently allowed on the Forster Ridgeline, Prima Deshecha, and Cristianitos Trails.

Additional Local Trails: Talega Community Trails | State Park Connections

More Information (949)361-8264 | Recreation@San-Clemente.org

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*Construction of the La Pata Extension Project has impacted several San Clemente Trails: Trail Closure Map 

The Cristianitos Regional Trail hugs the back edge of San Clemente on the border of Camp Pendleton and the Mission Viejo Conservancy and offers some of the most serious hiking in Coastal Orange County. Depending on where you start it is either all up hill or all downhill as is winds its way behind the Talega development up to the water tower. This regional trail is a graded path open to hikers, bikers and horses. The area to the North and East is true California wilderness with views down into secluded canyons and stands of native oak. Although the trail seems to end at the water tower it actually continues on behind, up a steep switch back and onto a narrow ridge with a breath taking views of the Cristiantos watershed and the steep scarfs of Talega canyon. The improved trail ends here but there are a number of single tracks that mark the future path of the regional trail. San Clemente Summit, the highest point in San Clemente, is located on the northern portion of the Cristianitos Trail up from the trail access point at Avenida Talega and has an elevation of 1,008 feet.

Getting There:
There are only two main entrances to this trail; one at the top and one at the bottom. The top entrance requires winding through many residential streets so the easiest access is at the bottom. From I-5 head inland on Pico until it ends. On the inland side is the trail head for the Cristianito Regional Trail. The seaward side is the trail head for the Prima Deshecha Regional Trail.

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