The Christianitos Regional Trail hugs the back edge of San Clemente on
the border of Camp Pendleton and the Mission Viejo Conservancy and offers some
of the most serious hiking in Coastal Orange County. Depending on where you start
it is either all up hill or all downhill as is winds its way behind the Talega
development up to the water tower. This regional trail is a graded path open to
hikers, bikers and horses. The area to the North and East is true California
wilderness with views into down into secluded canyons and stands of native oak.
Although the trail seems to end at the water tower it actually continues on
behind, up a steep switch back and onto a narrow ridge with a breath taking
views of the Christianitos watershed and the steep scarfs of Talega canyon. The
improved trail ends here but there are a number of single tracks that mark the
future path of the regional trail.