San Juan Loop Trail (5W08)

Area Status: Open


Access to the San Juan Trail will be limited due to Cal Trans closures every other weekend.  Please click the link for more information.


San Juan Loop Trail

Trail Views

Elevation Gain



2.1 miles roundtrip

Pets Allowed



Adventure Pass Required

Hike Time

2 hours



Best Seasons

Year Round


34950 Ortega Hwy, Lake Elsinore, across the street from the Ortega Oaks Candy Store

Ranger District

Trabuco Ranger District - (951) 736-1811

This easy, 2.1 mile roundtrip trail is perfect for those looking for a fun and interactive way to spend the day outdoors with family. Along with the spring wildflowers and steep cliffs overlooking a small ravine boasting (during a wet season) a rushing stream, the San Juan Loop Trail also offers an interactive game play for children known as the "Agents of Discovery." This place-based, environmental education game is meant to encourage children to move as they learn, scanning QR codes throughout the trail which provide "clues" to solve the mystery of the forest. This unique and enjoyable experience is a fun new way to motivate children to learn about nature, culture, science and technology.

For a list of more trails to explore in your area, please see our Recreation Trail Guide

Trail Views

At a Glance

Fees: An Adventure Pass is required.
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: Begins and ends at the developed trailhead off Hwy 74 across from the Candy Store starting on the east side of the parking lot and overlooks the San Juan River and falls. Loops around/near San Juan Campground and back to the west side of the parking lot.


Mountain Biking

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Day Hiking

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Horse Riding

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Viewing Plants

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Viewing Scenery

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Interpretive Areas

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Start playing the Agents of Nature mobile game as soon as you arrive to the San Juan Loop Trail.  This game will get kids moving and learning about nature, culture, science, and technology in a unique, enjoyable way. For more information, please visit

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
2.2 miles

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