Roller Coaster Ridge
This is a great trail that borders San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente, with beautiful views and some great hills to hike up. This is not for beginners, but if you’ve been hiking for a while, you should be fine.
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This trail has beautiful 360 degree views of the mountains and Pacific ocean, with spectacular sunsets. The trails are (as the name implies) hilly, but we hike on wide, well groomed fire roads.
DEPARTURE TIME: Shown above. Please show up 5-10 minutes early for introductions.
ABOUT THIS HIKE: This is a dirt trail in open space with what we call roller coaster hills. We will do the inclines at the beginning of the hike and head up to the flag. We will turn around at the flag and head back, mostly downhill. If you have not been hiking on a regular basis, this may be a tough hike due to the frequency and steepness of the hills. No beginners please. There are a couple options for people who want more hills and a tougher workout. Let me know if you want that.
DISTANCE: Approximately 4.5 miles at medium pace. Plan on 1.75 hours.
NOTES: Choose hiking shoes or shoes with a good tread. Bring water. PLEASE BRING FLASHLIGHTS, as it is now getting dark earlier.
DIRECTIONS: From the 5 South exit at Camino Estrella and turn left at the light. This will turn into Camino de Los Mares and you will drive about 3 miles to the very end of Camino de Los Mares ( map). There are plenty of retail establishments along the right side of Camino de Los Mares that have restroom facilities.
PARKING: You can park on either side of the street at the end of Camino de Los Mares. The trailhead begins where the street ends.
Trip information courtesy of SoCal Hiker, your local trail guide.