Santa Margarita River Trail (SMaRT), Fallbrook

Directions: I-15 to Fallbrook/Mission Rd. Exit. Follow signs for Fallbrook till you get to Mission Rd. Turn on to Mission Rd. in the direction of Fallbrook. Once you get into town, turn right on Pico Rd.  which will then turn into De Luz rd. Turn right on Sandia Creek Rd. and follow till you see a bridge-like thing ahead of you and there will be parking and a trailhead on your right.

Trail Information: The 5.7 mile run is mostly a bobcat-cleared equestrian trail that has numerous steep hills and some rocky areas to scamper over. At about the halfway point you'll encounter a stream crossing where you will have to take your shoes and socks off and wade (usually thigh deep) to get to the north shore on the homeward bound leg of the run. The south shore is mostly shaded  and the north shore has more exposed areas. You can either cross the stream again near the trailhead or meet up with Rock Mountain Rd. and cross the stream at the bridge and get back to the trailhead.

Miscellaneous Information: Notable wildlife encountered: Snakes and coyotes. Damage due to the 2007 wildfires is very noticeable after 1.5 miles.

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