Dripping Springs Campground Trail is a 13.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Temecula, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Temecula, CA: Travel 11 miles east on Highway 79.
Great views and an uphill climb.
Awesome trail with plenty of vert. Scenic and well groomed.
Great trail! Some of, if not THE, best views in San Diego on this one. Pretty difficult if you do the whole 13.7. I did it as a loop with the Wild Horse trail and a summit of Eagle Crag. Very fun.
You don't have to go far up to enjoy beautiful vistas on the Dripping Springs Trail. After the first mile you will be able to take a photo op. We went in about 2.5 miles and came back. There is allot of shade before noon. The trail is clear but narrow in places, with occasional drop-offs. It's about .5 miles to the Trailhead from the pkg area. You need to pay $5 at the lot. This trail gets harder at the switchbacks and the incline will get your heart pumping. There are not allot of areas conducive to taking a rest, so stop when you find a flat place! This trail connects to the Wild Horse Peak trail via the fire road trail to make a 20 mile loop. This trail is 6.8 miles from the parking lot to the fire road trail (Crossley). Another hiker told me that Wild Horse Peak trail is an easier trail but not nearly as scenic.
Great hike! Trail was nice. Weather is nicest in the morning.
Did this trail 9/24/16. It started off kind of cold, so I had a beanie and a sweatshirt for warmth. took a camelbak with 3L,100oz of water + a bottle of smart water. The trail was well marked. I always take a compass and a map just for the sake of having an idea where I'm at and how far I have to go. I took two Cliff bars and some trail mix. The temp went up to 91f at mid day. It's one of those trails where you look at a turn and you think you reached the top then you realize there's another hill to climb. getting half way up you already have nice view to the north and NE. Once you get to the top there is a better circumferential view. With proper planning you can go to the McGee trail to Wild Horse Trail and head back down. You can go to Eagle Crag and if you're courageous enough you can make it to the Palomar State Park but that would take planning and enough water and food. Private property may prevent that from happening. I came back down dripping springs trail after taking about a 20 minute rest. It took 8 hours and 15 minutes. I ran out of water at approximately 1 mile before reaching the trailhead. I suggest that you are ready for 8 hours of trekking , have more food than you think is just enough, have at least 4L of water and drink according to the length of the trip. I gave a bottle of smart water to someone that was returning and only had 1L of water remaining, he was by himself. I don't think this is for the beginner, it's for the intermediate and more experienced. Not very much shade, take sunscreen and good hiking shoes/boots. Enjoy!!
Great trail. For an uphill hike it was no trouble the entire way. Very quiet and uncrowded the day I was there, which is getting pretty difficult to find almost anywhere in Southern California these days. I took the dogs with me and they loved it. Beautiful views which make for terrific pictures. Check this one out.