Horsethief Creek is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mountain Center, CA that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and nature trips and is accessible from November until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Good trail, nice workout! Trail is easy to follow once you are sure your on the right one. Horsethief is not mentioned anywhere on the trail signage. Nor are you positive you've reached your destination. Better signage would be a plus. But all trails app steered us to the right place.
Really nice day! Start early for heat.
This was a great hike with a wide variety of terrain and elevation changes. The trail gets more rugged after the first mile, but remains easy to follow.
Very pleasant trail. Elevation gain (seems to vary from one report to the next) is a matter of ups and downs (there and back obviously). Met some people who had done this trail many times and they were disappointed by the lack of either birds or flowers this year--this is March 2014--so the drought seems to be taking its toll. I made it down to the creek and back in 1.25 hours as this was just a reconnoitre for a later trip on which we'll go further. Met a total of about 10 people on the trail so it wasn't busy for a Saturday morning.