Cactus Spring Trail is a 30.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mountain Center, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 30.8 miles Elevation Gain: 6,870 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

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Directions from Idyllwild, CA: Travel Highway 243 south taking the left fork of Highway 74 towards Lake Hemet. Continue southeast across the Santa Rosa Indian Reservation. Take a right on Forest Road 7S09, which is just opposite Pynon Flat Campground. The trailhead is located past the Riverside County Transfer Station.

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Sun May 12 2019

Lovely trail, well marked. We went 5 miles out and then back. Lots of up and down! A bit rocky in spots. Really beautiful.

Sat Apr 20 2019

Hard to pick trail up about half way to agua alta. Beautiful trail though. A local gave us a tip this last time on rock carrens leading you all the way to agua alta. Water is at agua alta he showed me himself. Him and some friends went a couple weeks ago and cleared the roots from the spring and installed a valve to keep a light drip for the animals. AWESOME! Can't wait to come back and conquer this dessert trail. Happy Trails everyone

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Sun Apr 07 2019

My wife and I intended to hike Horse Thief Creek, but there were no signs for the trail. It seems it’s just a shorter version of Cactus Springs. We hiked out about 1.5 miles and back. It was different environment than the desert hikes we had been doing. A lot of up and down in the section we hiked, nothing to difficult. We were the only 2 people on the trail. The drive up on the scenic by-way was a great drive.

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rocky
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Sat Mar 16 2019

Nice and cool escape from Palm Springs. Spring is nice, but nothing special - just a small trickle

Sun Dec 09 2018

Nice day, lots of shade in afternoon. 2.5 hrs to Springs and back. Need decent shoes, rocky, up and down. Hiked with 4 adults 5 kids, and 2 dogs.

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Sun May 27 2018

One of my family's favorite hikes! It's beautiful, and we only ever see a few people.

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Tue Mar 20 2018

That past review was today 3/19 and a perfect day temperature round trip from pinyon 6 plus hours We were retracting where my sister took the wrong turn. Could happen to anyone. Happy trails

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Tue Feb 28 2017

Spectacular hike with a great variety of vegetation!

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Mon Nov 14 2016

this was a nice hike. we hiked for 11 miles...5.5 out and then back. I loved the creek, saw three deer, and two beautiful blue birds. I was worried about heading back because it would be uphill, but it wasn't so bad. one of the local gentlemen gave me a bottled water, which was very nice of him. it was 75 there and back on the desert floor in indio it was 92. nice day.

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Mon May 30 2016

We hiked from the trailhead to the creek and back - 4 miles total. Beautiful hike with blooming cactus, wild flowers and some shade with up and down elevation changes along the way. We hiked it really early morning in month of May so temperature ok. Loved the hike!

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Wed Feb 17 2016

Great trail for hiking. Not a ton of space/spots for camping, but great if you aren't with a group. We hiked in and camped on Valentine's weekend with our dog. Was perfect for our needs:) FYI this was our plan B after being kicked out of Barker Valley due to planned burns. Thank you All Trails for the spur of the moment nearby recommendation!

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