About Us

Santa Margarita River
Santa Margarita River

The Fallbrook Trails Council recognizes that we live in a beautiful area with the Santa Margarita River runing through it, the last continuously flowing river in Southern California. It is a prime watershed, an area that is one of the last riparian environments in Southern California and home to unique and endangered wildlife.

This is an area rich in history, but also one that is vulnerable to fire and vandalism. It has many inviting trails for hikers, equestrians and bicyclists. Horseback riders say it is the best trail system in Southern California.  These are the trails that we are building and want to maintain so the Trails Council was created.

We provides hikers, horseback riders and bicyclists with a top-notch trail and pathway system – over 1000 acres of riparian Santa Margarita river area.  We also promote awareness and conservation of local plants and wildlife – many of which are endangered.

Cal Fire
We work with Cal Fire about a month out of the year to clean and repair our trails

 

The Fallbrook Trails Council reduces littering and vandalism, and preserves the rural atmosphere, all of which increases property values!

We want to eventually expand the trails to link to the Pacific Crest Trail. Volunteers have spent over 2000 hours to date in organized workdays – many more hours individually. They clear existing trails and build new trails, buy and install culverts for drainage and erosion control, buy and install picnic tables, benches and trail signs, repair vandalized areas, and clean up trash (lots of it!)

Red Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Red Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

In 2007 we partnered with the county and spent hundreds of hours of volunteer time and expertise running tractors, cleaning the area, and laying 1500 lineal feet of waterline with all the spigots in the park for water.  We repaired the well, helped pay for trees, supplied the corrals, installed fencing along the roadway, and installed cameras to help protect trail users safety.   We also repaired the trails so we would have the connections to the Sandia Creek Trailhead, allowing the public to ride, hike and bike in the Santa Margarita Trail System.

Taking a Break
Taking a Break
Christmas Celebration
Christmas Celebration

We enjoy Community, Camaraderie and Fun!

Teamwork Gets the Job Done!