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backpacking
20 days ago

We backpacked up to Villager peak on Sat., November 24, 2018, then day hiked to Rabbit Peak and came down on Sunday. The weather was perfect for the hike. Daytime highs were in the 60s and the nighttime lows were in the 30s. After winds picked up after midnight, the real temperature at Villager Peak was probably in the 20s. But I was sleeping in my 0 degree speeling bag and felt very comfortable.

Awesome off roading adventure from when you make a right into fish creek wash 4 miles into the wash we stopped and took the 1 mile hike up to the wind caves then drove about 7 miles more to get to sandstone canyon. The road into sandstone canyon is a bit narrow but fun I saw Jeeps, Tacomas and Colorado's driving through it with no problem. I highly recommend this trail. Great trail for pictures.

27 days ago

The trail is in great condition for the 3.5 miles we hiked (7 mile round trip). Lovely views of Temecula Valley and Vail Lake as we came back down to the campground.

Still closed, there are several people whom are ignoring the closure. I brought my kids to hike the trail. Although there were several hikers ignoring the closure I had to tell my kids that sometimes people don’t always do the right thing and that our foot print less traveled makes a bigger foot print for the betterment of nature, and left with out going onto the trail. Hopefully it will open back up again soon...

off road driving
1 month ago

Cool scenery with a variety of terrain obstacles. Very easy to get lost.

Closed due to fire hazard

Solid overall hike! Also can confirm that while it is a bit tight at the top with vegetation, I had no real trouble getting through and is currently very accessible. Only negative is the parking lot is a decent distance to the actual trailhead.

Nice hike, not too bad at all.

Where to park the car for hiking???

I give this trail a 4+. The beginning is easy and shady even after leaving late.(10AM) The middle is moderate, but the last mile or two is tough. November through March is the best time for this hike. Views we're hazy but impressive.

We love this trail when we have to stay local to Temecula due to time constraints. The trail is well shaded in the morning hours and is a good workout with pretty surroundings.
There is little to no traffic even on the weekends when we hit the trail at sun up.

We’ve done the Dripping Springs which is this trails counterpart and Wild Horse is much prettier and challenging.

off road driving
4 months ago

Fun day trip with my buddy and our wives. A novice off-roader, had a fun time. Not much change in elevation. Flat and rocky but the trails winded around mountains/hills and made for an adventurous day. Stopped under a rock wall and had lunch. Was 90 degrees, not horrible. Didn’t need 4WD. Enjoyed the loop, only saw (passed) one vehicle, plenty of room to do so throughout.

longer than indicated. full sun exposure towards the top.

I loved this hike! Lots of shade to cool under and it’s a quiet hike. This place is beautiful! No one was on the trail when I went so all I was able to hear was the animals in the bushes, birds chirping and lizards moving around. The first time getting here I didn’t know there was a $5 day fee. I ended up just getting a annual pass all year so I can go back here. The camping spots are very pretty. Some have huge spots available with great shade!

Great Trail

hiking
5 months ago

Fantastic day-hike trail, will post again once I’ve walked the whole thing!

its close, up to speed for me, and I would be ok doing this trail by myself.

The trail was a good challenge especially in the heat but the problem was our group could not locate the trail at the 8.5-9 marker .... too much shrub!!!
On top of the shrub there was a “friendly” rattlesnake in the way, so we went back.

More of a one time hike but great views and won’t go back until shrub is cleared away.

This trail system only gets better through the years. The group that designs and builds the trails know their stuff when it comes to trail layout.

Nice Chill Place To Hike

5/29/18. Trailhead Map says it’s 6.9 miles up. Started GPS where I parked and got 7.2 up. You have to walk through the entire campground to get to the trail head. That sucked on the way back...

Started at 8:05am with a 30# pack. Stopped to take a lot of pictures along the way. Got to the turn around at 11am. You’ll see a wooden sign at the end. Left the turn around at 11:30am and got back down at 1:30pm. I didn’t expect to do the entire thing but brought 10 x 16.9oz bottles of water for weight and just in case. When I finished I had 3 bottles left. It was a hot one. Expected temp was 87F for Temecula but felt a lot hotter since most of the time you’re under direct exposure of the sun. #sunscreen :(

If I were to do it again, I would have stopped when the views stopped. I am guessing around mile 5 you start to go into woodsy terrain with not much to see as far as views. It was cool to see the change in foliage though. It was nice because it was at least somewhat shaded. I kept climbing expecting to see a view from the top. There is no view at the top :(

Only passed 1 person on the way up and a group of 3 on my way down.

6 months ago

I downloaded the trail map. Wish I knew I could load it into the recorder. My strava recorded it as 14.6 miles. I was packed with my PCT pac. 36 lbs. 95 degrees. took off at 7:25 returned 3:30. Nice rest at top and really nice breeze and shade. 1 gallon of water. came across 1 couple running the trail.

However the camp ground was noisy. Some group of young ragers arrived at 2:30 screaming and puking and woke me from a much needed sleep. Foul mouthed shouting which had to have awaken the boy scout group camping.

Great road, good starter trail for those looking to try out offroad driving. We camped as well, which was very windy but a great time. Fantastic view of the night sky. Also, the wind caves are a short hike off of the main wash. Overall, highly recommend taking a trip out this way.

Beautiful Mother’s Day hike! It was a cool cloudy day perfect weather since there isn’t much shade. We did 6.1 miles round trip didn’t make it to the top the littles couldn’t hang. Gorgeous views saw one baby harmless snake, not a lot of people very peaceful will definitely go again.

off road driving
7 months ago

Took the family in the FJ Cruiser and had no problem taking this trail on. Would recommend if you do decide to cross the rock slide area then have at least 4wd and a lift. Very spiritual and very tranquil.

Great first Off Road Adventure in our new Tacoma!

Hiked this trail today! It took me 2.5 hours to reach one end. That was with me pushing hard and taking only a few stops here and there to take pics of the colorful wildflowers and mountains. I saw one skinny but long snake on the trail but it was quick to slither back into the bushes. I also saw some vibrant blue birds! Overall this hike took me 5 hours to complete. It was very scenic and offered lots of solitude. I drank over three liters so be sure to bring lots of water. Also protect yourself from the sun. Lots of exposed sections on this trail. And while you’re thinking about protection, you might want to consider long pants. Some of the plants left me with a rash around my ankles. It’s not itchy but it looks irritated. Bring an Adventure Pass if you have one. Happy Trails!

UPDATE: I’ve realized that the rash was HEAT RASH and not caused by any plants.

I started on Wild Horse Trail to eventually take a right onto Magee Palomar Trail went to the summit and came back down on Dripping Springs Trail. From 79, the total miles we 20, took me 10 hours, about 3500 ft elevation gain according to the app. Magee Palomar Trail is in deed overgrown but, thanks to the dedication of fellow hikers, it is getting better. I did what I could with my machete but got tired fighting the brushes after a while. Please bring a garden tool with you and contribute to clearing the overgrowth. if everybody helps, it'll soon be walkable again. Right now, it's passable but requires a lot of ducking and a sturdy fabric for long sleeves and long pants. I would not try it in a t-shirt, let alone in a fabric that catches on the thorns. The trail is beautiful, the views are serene and well worth the effort. You won't regret this SoCal gem.

off road driving
7 months ago

Some of the best views I've seen offroading. Easy trip but I recommend goin in the winter. We went during the summer months and it was 104 degrees. The rock slide is easy in a jeep .

One of my favorites/ from Blue Sky preserve its a mile down before switching back up to Lake Poway and continuing to the summit. Bring more water and electrolytes than u expect. It is always hotter near the lake compared to the parking lot and does cool off as you climb. Also don’t underestimate water for your dog!!

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