Best Hiking/Biking Trails near San Clemente, CA

May 29, 2018

Living at Sea Summit makes it easy to stay connected to your natural surroundings. The community features an abundance of untouched habitat to be traversed just a stone’s throw from your front door.

But sometimes, your feet start itching to explore further afield.

Whether you’re an off-road runner, an avid cyclist or simply enjoy a casual stroll through beautiful surroundings, there are fantastic hiking & biking options near you. Here are the best trails to get your heart rate up and fill your lungs with fresh air near San Clemente, CA.

San Clemente Beach Trail

Soak up the beauty of San Clemente’s finest beaches. There’s no better place to get your daily exercise than running parallel to the Pacific Ocean. Perfect for pooches, the trail is dog friendly and pet cleaning stations are available.

A mixed material trail, cyclists are recommended to ride a mountain bike. Park at any one of these 5 places to access the 2.3-mile trail:

Rancho San Clemente Ridgeline Trail

Offering excellent views of the Dana Point and San Clemente coastline, this 3.5-mile paved path is great for beginner hikers and more experienced trekkers alike. Most of the walk is laid back and easy with just enough hills to feel your workout!

Park at 301 Avenida La Plata.

San Juan Creek Trail

Hook up with this gorgeous 6-mile greenway at Doheny State Beach. Enjoy picturesque views as the trail runs alongside the San Juan Creek River in Dana Point.

Another fun option in Dana Point is the Salt Creek Bike Path.

San Mateo Canyon Loop Trail

Cover 900 feet of elevation over 6.6 miles. A more rugged day out for more serious hikers, it’s hard to believe such lush wilderness still exists in southern California. Pack plenty of water and prepare for some old-fashioned solitude.

To truly push your boundaries, head to another Cleveland National Forest trail, the Roller Coaster!

Bluffs Beach Trail

Explore scenic San Ofre State Beach. Located on the Orange & San Diego County line, the trailhead is reached by taking exit I-5 on Basilone Road and heading towards the beach. An 8-mile round-trip journey, you’ll be treated to large stretches of pristine coastline.

Packing Your Hiking Bag

Stay safe on the trail by preparing the essentials:

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