Wild Horse Trail

HARD 9 reviews
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Wild Horse Trail is a 12 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Temecula, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November.

12.0 miles 2615 feet Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from LA Basin: Take Interstate 15 south to Highway 79 near Temecula. Take Hwy. 79 south 11 miles to Dripping Springs. Turn right and park in Trailhead parking lot. (Vehicles must display a Forest Adventure Pass.) The trail is reached by walking south from the parking lot 0.5 mile through Dripping Springs Campground.

backpacking
9 days ago

Did it as the second half of the Agua Tibia loop with an Eagle Crag summit. This trail is second only to Dripping Springs for views and fun in San Diego. Can't say enough about how fun this is. The oak grove portion is amazing. Tough trail too, so bring some water.

hiking
1 month ago

trail running
2 months ago

First time on Wild Horse. Did a run/walk for 6 miles and walked it back in. No Wildlife visible during my adventure. Was very dry, thankful that I had a good cloud clover. On the way back in I got a steady drizzle for 10-15 minutes and then warmed back up again. Great trail, would do it again.

You have to walk into and all the way to the rear of a campground to find the trail head.

$5 needed for parking unless you are able to snag 1 of the 4 free spots.

hiking
10 months ago

Great Trail. The further you go the more you will want to go . first mile is a moderate climb, but after that you will love it.

11 months ago

1 year ago

Fun

hiking
1 year ago

Love this trail! Very similar to Dripping Springs (being that they're connected), nothing too difficult. Nice rolling hills, super rocky on the incline, and a whole bunch of sun. Plenty of chill spots on high rock formations along the way ;-). Bring your essentials and your good, nothing outlandish here. Trailhead is a joke to find, expect crowds on the weekends!

hiking
3 years ago

A nice trail with quite a few ups and downs. The trail has been cleared recently so you don't have to go through any bushes. Make sure you bring plenty of water, it's hot and you'll lose quite a bit sweating, it was completely dry.

hiking
4 years ago

Trail is actually accessible year round, and like stated, does offer great views of wild life. The trail tends to stick to the southern side of the Arroyo-Seco Creek, as opposed to the Dripping Springs Trail which offers views of Vail Lake, Lake Skinner, and the Temecula, and Hemet Valleys to the North.
The Wild Horse Trail is only slightly over 10 miles, but at the trail end options to continue are offered via Palomar-Maggee Trail and Cutca/Palomar Divide Rd.

TRAIL IS HOT AND DRY DURING SUMMER MONTHS!
carry lots of water (little to no water sources)
temperatures slightly decrease once entering Palomar Mountain area (past endpoint for wild horse trail)