Prima is a new work in progress and is 60% complete. As a regional trail
it will provide hike, bike and equestrian access from the San Diego County
border at San Onofre State Park through San Clemente and into the San Juan
trail system. Cutting a North-South path through the back county it offers a
wide variety of views from open native chaparral to skirting commercial and
residential developments. Pay careful attention to the portion near the Pico
crossing where it loops back around the commercial complex, daycare center and
catch basin. It's easy to get off the trail and end up on the power line roads.
To cross the road you head back up the hill on Pico, across the road and back
down again on the other side and behind the commercial complex on the corner of
La Pata and Pico. Check out the golf course in this area. The sand traps are
pure white crushed marble.
Rancho San Clemente Ridgeline Trail is a three and a half mile path for
pedestrians, bicycles and dogs on leash. It has wide angle views of the
coastline from Dana Point Headlands to the San Diego County beaches, along with
broad vistas of inland hills, valleys and mountains in three counties. Trail
surface is mostly asphalt, with some natural soil portions; it has several
steep grades, but the majority is easy, long grades. There are six trail
entrances: three are walk-in only and three entrances have parking nearby.