Hiking The San Juan Trail

The 39th most popular hiking trail in California.

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East of Newport and northeast of San Juan Capistrano, the San Juan Trail is a popular 11 mile one-way hike in the Santa Ana Mountains. Near the trailhead are several hot springs, and the route winds its way up to NFS Blue Jay Campground.

To reach the hiking trailhead from US5 in San Juan Capistrano, head northeast on SR74 for 10 miles. Just west behind the NFS San Juan Fire Station, turn left heading north on the unsigned Hot Springs Canyon Road following signs to Lazy-W-Ranch. The marked trailhead parking area is on the left at about 0.7 miles.

Overall, San Juan Trail is the 39th most popular hiking trail of all 88 hikes in California. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby San Juan Trail including Santiago Peak / Maple Springs, Trabuco Canyon - West Horse Thief Trails and North Hills Trail.

San Juan Trail in Cleveland NF (CA/US)

San Juan Trail in Cleveland NF (CA/US)

San Juan Trail in Cleveland NF (CA/US)

San Juan Trail in Cleveland NF (CA/US)

San Juan Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Cleveland National Forest (909) 736-1811; California Tourism (916) 444-4429.

Recommended Book:  "1,000 Best Hikes In California" from Tom Stienstra

Best Season:  Sep. - May

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Blue Jay Campground

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/cleveland/

GPS:  33.60179, -117.51045

Date Published:  5/19/2016

Date Updated:  8/18/2016

ID:  13994

San Juan Trail Hiking Map


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