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San Juan Trail

Trail Views

Elevation Gain

3500

Distance

11.6 miles one way

Pets Allowed

Yes

Fees

$5 for Forest Adventure Pass

Hike/Ride Time

Full day

Difficulty

Moderate to Strenuous

Best Seasons

Fall, Spring, Winter

Location

The lower trailhead - Hot Springs Canyon; The upper trailhead - Blue Jay Campground 4 miles north of Ortega Highway 74 on Long Canyon Road, Lake Elsinore

Ranger District

Trabuco Ranger District - (951) 736-1811


This beautiful and challenging single-track trail is located in the Trabuco District and is easily-accessible from Orange and Riverside Counties. A popular trail with mountain bikers, be prepared for a very strenuous ride as extreme exposure and brutal climbing through switchbacks for the first several miles means this trail is not for beginners. For those adventurous enough to endure the climb, the views from the top make the effort well worth it. With heavy bike activity on weekends and holidays, hikers are asked to be alert and observant. Bikers are asked to keep a moderate pace downhill anticipating hiker use.

It should be noted that cell coverage is almost non-existent on the trail, and the 11 mile trip (one way) means that trail users should be prepared with extra supplies and water. On mild days, it is easily possible to go through 4 liters (1 gal) of water per person in less than two hours. Parking permits are required, and can be purchased locally.

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

At a Glance

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

General Information

Directions: The lower trailhead is in Hot Spring Canyon 3/4 mile past the San Juan Fire Station.  The upper trailhead is at Blue Jay Campground 4 miles north of the Ortega Highway on Long Canyon Road.

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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
11.6 miles (one way)

  Elevation : 
2600