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San Juan Loop Trail - 5W08, CA

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Distance Loop 2.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,969 feet
Elevation Gain 284 feet
Accumulated Gain 356 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 3.98
Interest Seasonal Creek
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10  2017-04-26 markthurman53
Author AndreyP
author avatar Guides 7
Routes 98
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Trips 284 map ( 1,439 miles )
Age 40 Male Gender
Location Moscow, RU
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Sun  4:51am - 6:42pm
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AgentP of Nature
by AndreyP

The trail begins behind the info stand at the north side of the huge San Juan Loop & Bear Canyon Trailhead parking lot. Which is across from Ortega Oaks Candy Store.

It goes up a little and then descends providing views of Decker and Long canyons until it reaches the bottom of Long Canyon. There is a seasonal creek here during spring months that is downstream from Ortega Falls.

After a short stretch in the canyon there is a junction with Chiquito Trail to the right and shortly after that the trail starts ascending between the hill on the left and Highway 74 on the right. The highway cannot be seen behind the trees but it will be heard most of the time on this section.

Upper San Juan campground can be accessed from the trail. The loop trail ends at the south side of the parking lot near a vault toilet.

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2015-09-15 AndreyP

    Cleveland FS Details
    Start playing the Agents of Nature mobile game as soon as you arrive to the San Juan Loop Trail. This game will get kids moving and learning about nature, culture, science, and technology in a unique, enjoyable way. For more information, please visit
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Cleveland Forest
    An Adventure Pass is needed when parking at any TH located in the Cleveland NF.

    More information available here

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Begins and ends at the developed trailhead off Hwy 74 across from the Candy Store starting on the east side of the parking lot and overlooks the San Juan River and falls. Loops around/near San Juan Campground and back to the west side of the parking lot.
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