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, iup 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.
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Prima is a new work in progress and is 60% complete. As a regional trail it will provide hike, bike and equestrian access from the San Diego County border at San Onofre State Park through San Clemente and into the San Juan trail system. Cutting a North-South path through the back county it offers a wide variety of views from open native chaparral to skirting commercial and residential developments. Pay careful attention to the portion near the Pico crossing where it loops back around the commercial complex, daycare center and catch basin. It’s easy to get off the trail and end up on the power line roads. To cross the road you head back up the hill on Pico, across the road and back down again on the other side and behind the commercial complex on the corner of La Pata and Pico. Check out the golf course in this area. The sand traps are pure white crushed marble. The trail is being extended Northward in this area and should pass under the Hermosa bridge in the near future.
Although there are many entrances to this trail one of the most popular accesses is at the end of Pico. 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.