Santa Margarita County Preserve is 221 acres and is part of the County of San Diego Multiple Species Conservation Program. The property was acquired in 1992 to preserve the resources and picturesque scenery of the Santa Margarita Valley, while providing additional public trails in the community of Fallbrook. In partnership with the Fallbrook Land Conservancy the park was restored after the 2002 Gavilan Fire for public access. The trails are open for multiple use; horse back riding, hiking and mountain biking. To the north the trails connects with the Fallbrook Public Utility Districts trails. To the west the preserve is buffered by Camp Pendleton.
Rock garden, cliff sides and sporadic sand pits.
Basic route is about 6 miles but there are many options for rides that can be expanded into well over 20 miles.
Review: Great mix of trails. Easy, difficult, climbs, rock garden, sand, a technical area, not for everyone. Lots of peddling, not much downhill. Some friends like it, some don't. I do, I recommend trying it.
Review: Not even a real trail... Sign at trailhead saying no bicycles... decided to hike it to see what it was like and is literally impossible to ride, rocks i had to climb over on foot almost taller than me, and I'm 5'8" very loose terrain, you slip you fall to a rocky pit.
Review: This trail is terrible. It would probably be fun to hike, without a bike on your shoulders, that is. This trail is constant stop and go over rocky sections that need to be hike-a-bike'd. There are quite a few offshoots from the main trail that are very steep and short. Fun to ride down if you like 2 minute long descents at best. Maybe I missed the good ones, but I lost my patience to keep looking after 2 hours of trying to find a decent piece of singletrack. I would estimate its maybe 30% singletrack or less, the rest is sandy doubletrack or rocks. If you are thinking of mountain biking here, dont waste your time.
Review: If you start at the marked trailhead you'll encounter significant rock obstacles about a 1/4 mile in. Once past this section you can find two trails off to the right (not on tops map) with pretty decent climbs (600 ft) - great views of the river valley at the top and great ride down. I couldn't find a good place to cross the river - maybe because of the recent rains. A LOT of walkers and dogs in the afternoon so I may try this one again earlier in the morning. One of the walkers I talked to recommended dropping in on the trail from Stagecoach road to avoid those rocks.