Roller Coaster Ridge Hike (4.5 miles intermediate level 2)

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.

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  • Jumping J.

    Sorry 4 of us went the wrong way and held up the group from having dinner. Thanks to all for caring and waiting to see if we all came out. I think next time when I have great info in my hand (Iphone) I won't go for blind leading the blind, I will navigate myself out and whoever wants to follow me can.

    1 · September 10, 2013

    • Lupita

      Thanks everyone for getting us back was a big team effort and the hike was great with beautiful views.

      September 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Doug, Thanks for the "Maps With Me" ap suggestion. I like it because it downloads entirely on my phone so I don't need to continue to use up juice when my battery is low. I can turn GPS on and off to save batteries, yet I still have the map. I now feel more like a Boy Scout!

      September 11, 2013

  • Cathy Y.

    Thanks Jim and Richard ,Paul , all of you guys. I will hiking faster next time to keep up with team .

    September 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Paul, for looking after us!!!!!

    September 10, 2013

  • Paul O.

    All hikers were found safe and sound. Everything is fine.

    1 · September 10, 2013

  • Cathy Y.

    Is any one from Irvine? We can carpool,

    September 10, 2013

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