This is one of my backyard trails. There's wind, some Poison Oak, some reliable water sources, excellent trail angels, and a few water caches that are well maintained. Check the water report at pctwater.net for the most up-to-date information. See you on trail.
~Warrior

Interesting little place. Especially if you can find the cave.

Hiked Pacific Crest trail to the 14fwy tunnel then the Foot trail. Turned it into a 6.5 mile hike.

I went to where the coordinates took me and the ranger couldn’t tell me where this trail started and there were no signs for it. He recommended taking the PCT til I got to the Hwy14 tunnel.
Great views til the tunnel, not very challenging. I went past the tunnel, the only view is of hwy14.
I went back and wondered the foothill trail and saw some more great views.
Made it into a 7.5 mile hike, just depends on how far down the PCT you go and how many directions you wonder on the foothill trail.
Biggest complaint was all the horse poop.
Tip- park in the 2nd lot to the left, that’s the easiest spot to start the PCT & you can get right back to it from the foothills.

Family friendly and dog friendly park. there are several trails to take. some paths are not well marked so you can easily get lost. hardly any shade so bring plenty of water, snack, put on sunscreen and hat. it was windy today, 65-75 degree weather...perfect for this hike.

Just like the movies!

This is unlike any place on earth. The landscape looks totally alien. The trail takes you through all the different landscapes and it is easy to leave the trail for an excursion. You can also connect to the Pacific crest trail from this trail. Loads of fun, especially in the spring time.

Very touristy. Tons of trails to follow.

So many trails to explore flat or climbing over the rocks. Go to your left from the lower parking lot if you want to reach the “caves” otherwise it’s a very long way either up and over or around.

hiking
2 months ago

I don't think the map is accurate, but we still had a really good time exploring and making it up as we went along

love it.

rock climbing
4 months ago

excellent place to spend the day, hiking, rock climbing, picnic

hiking
4 months ago

This place is cool. Definitely going back out there at some point to get some hiking in. This outing we just took our time & walked around-husband is a Star Trek nerd. Lol.

Great quiet hike. Plenty of trail options to circle Vasquez Rocks... please do not litter. Picked up a couple plastic bottles...

It's definitely an excuse for a hike. The Vasquez rocks area has some cool geological formations, cave paintings, great film history, and a labyrinth of trails to explore. Desert landscape isn't much to look at and a good portion of the area is "charmed" by the sound of the 14 Freeway. Little to no shade on any of the trails and the fact that it gets blazing hot makes sunscreen a must. There is some elevation gain depending on how you take the trails, but nothing strenuous. Running through the middle of the park is a little over 2 miles of the PCT that can be explored. If you enjoy being in the wilderness, proximity to civilization (and the freeway in particular) may make this one less enjoyable. However, it's still a good place to get out on a trail for a couple hours. ... oh, and watch your step. Horse poo everywhere.

Got it class of 2017. Night hike the aqua duct section during a full moon. I highly recommend.

So much fun! Love climbing Vazquez rocks.

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