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San Clemente Figure 8

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Long run around much of the San Clemente wild hills.


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17.5

Miles

28.1

KM

91%

Runnable

977' 298 m

High

226' 69 m

Low

2,363' 720 m

Up

2,363' 720 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

Overview

An almost entirely non-pavement loop with lots of really fun trails, wildlife, and being alone.

Need to Know

Bathrooms and water at skate park near Dog Park. You'll run by Target and other businesses near La Pata and Pico if you need to make a detour for water or bathrooms.

Description

Start at paved Utiltiy Access Road on Salvador, take singletrack and fire roads to Dog Park, connect to Ridgeline Trail around Talega, follow the dirt path that mostly parallels La Pata, cross Pico and take the trail back to Dog Park, and then back to Salvador via the paved Utility Access Road. There are plenty of variations possible.

I made this route when training for a trail ultra because I wanted a long training run close to home. It is great for long runs. Since it is in close proximity to town, it is hard to get lost and there are many chances to bail if you need to, but there are still long, quiet sections.

Watch our for off-leash dogs if that annoys you. Trail is a combination of fire road and singletrack with a bit of running on dirt paths alongside existing roads.

Flora & Fauna

I've seen rattlesnakes, coyotes, and even a bobcat—all wanted nothing to do with me.

History & Background

This connection of trails seems to connect most of the San Clemente Hills.

Contacts

Land Manager: City of San Clemente, CA

Shared By:

Jared Bybee

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