Nov 26 – Hike Santa Margarita River Trails

Hike at Santa Margarita River Trails, Fallbrook
9:30 AM, Friday, November 26 2021
Trail head at: 4251 River Edge Rd. parking lot
GPS: 33.41362, -117.24170

 After Thanksgiving dinners on Thursday, come on out the next day,

Friday, for a beautiful hike along the Santa Margarita river just north of Fallbrook. This is the last remaining free-flowing undiverted river left in CA.  The trail along it is out and back ~5.5 miles round trip, an easy-moderate walk. The trail has some short ups & downs, rock steps, sandy areas, through woods and open areas all within sight of the river. Dogs on leashes are ok. Porta Potty toilet is available at trailhead.  

Note: The trailhead parking lot might be full, so go back and park along Sandia Creek Dr. where allowed and we will do a car shuttle.

Because the drive is a fair distance for many, we will try to have carpool meeting places: Designated drivers needed. Text Vinnie to plan the meet.

At NCC Vista parking lot, west end, kitchen side, meet time 8:40 am leave by 8:50.

At Target store lot, Escondido, closer to the Starbucks area. Meet time 8:30 am, leave by 8:40.

Directions note: We are NOT at Santa Margarita Preserve Park on DeLuz Rd, rather the Santa Margarita River Trails on Sandia Creek Dr. 1 mile away.

Drive from Vista area: (~30 minutes) Hwy 76 to S.Mission Rd intersection. Go north on S.Mission Rd (S13) into Fallbrook. Through town S13 will turn right heading east. Then first stoplight intersection is N.Pico Ave., turn left, north. In 1 block this will become DeLuz Rd north.

Follow northbound DeLuz ~1.2 miles from town to a Y-split off of Sandia Creek Dr. keeping to the right and follow Sandia Creek 1.3 miles to the trailhead parking area.

Drive from Escondido area: (~35 minutes) Take Hwy 15 north. Exit at Mission  Rd Fallbrook. Head west, left across bridge over Hwy15 then right, up into Fallbrook ~5 miles to N.Pico Ave. Turn right, north, and this will become DeLuz Rd. Follow as stated above.

Bring: Pocket snack and small drink, layered clothes for warm or chilly, trail shoes, extra money if you wish to eat lunch afterward in Fallbrook.

Contact info: Text/call, Vinnie Rodrig 858-231-7722.