Here. There are several trailhead entrances for the San Clemente Ridgeline Trail and there will be parking information present on the Google map below (alternate entrances are marked in yellow). Parking is free.
Cleveland National Forest and Santa Ana Mountains. The trail surface on this Orange County hiking trail is mostly asphalt, with some natural soil portions; it has several steep grades, but the majority is easy, long grades. There are six trail entrances: three are walk-in only and three entrances have parking nearby (indicated by the P on the Google Map). You can make your hike as long or as short as you would like when on the San Clemente Ridgeline Trail in San Clemente, California.
This hike was a great coastal hike in Orange County with incredible coastline views of Dana Point, San Clemente, San Onofre, and south Laguna Beach. As you continue on the San Clemente Ridgeline Trail, inland, you are surrounded by the wilderness areas of San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente. Camp Pendleton is visible as well and when we hiked on this trail we saw plumes of smoke from the artillery shooting at their practice facility. You could hear the loud boom and feel the vibration from the concussion of the shells.
There are benches, look out points, and nice views to stop and rest. There were also lots of dogs on the San Clemente Ridgeline Trail, as well as mountain bikers and hikers.
Rating: Elevation Gain: 250 ft. (Easy), Distance: 3.5 Miles One Way (Easy - Moderate). Note: You can make your hike as long or as short as you would like.
Time to Complete Hike: 1 - 2 hours.
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