Cedar Springs Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews

Cedar Springs Trail is a 5.9 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 accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.9 miles
1,692 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips



wild flowers


7 months ago

Beautiful trail, watch out for bulls! On our way back to the road, we encountered a herd of cattle grazing in the oaks between the 2nd and 3rd gates. The majority had HUGE horns on them. We heard cowbells on a couple, so we figured they were at least somewhat familiar with seeing people, and we calmly and quietly continued on trying not to startle them. They gave us some pretty solid stares as we walked by, but we made it through without upsetting any of them. So keep an eye out, and make sure to abide by the signs and close the gates as you go.

10 months ago

Nice views of the desert cities once you cross the PCT, and nice vistas to the south on the way back down the switchbacks. Lots of mosquitoes and flies once you're at Cedar Springs. 6.6 miles out and back.

6.4 total up and back. nice variety of terrain. Switchbacks made the elevation gain easy. Continue over the top on Cedar Springs trail through burn area, desert views, cedar Grove and spring. Just didn't expect to see big cedars there. Nice prize at the end.

Monday, July 17, 2017

A nice secluded place to camp. Lots of trees and shade at the remote campsites. The spring was still flowing mid July. I'm not sure if it flows year round but it's nice to not have to carry all your water in. The source of the spring isn't very easy to get to. It's in a ditch and there are hundreds of flies, bees, and probably mosquitoes in there with you. It was however the best tasting water and it was cold! I'd recommend filtering it before you drink it.

Monday, April 17, 2017

I've never seen so many butterflies and such a great variety as well!!!! Beautiful hike!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Just did this one on 4/15/17. It was a beautiful day and the views were awesome. There are quite a few switch backs on the way up but the incline was gradual. It is worth it to continue on to the springs. We didn't see much water but the cedar grove was awesome and made it worth it. Would be nice to take a hammock and rest in the shade of the cedar grove.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Nice hike and great views. Highly recommend going all the way to Cedar Springs. Be careful of the many ants there.

Monday, January 04, 2016

Beautiful mountain hike! Worth it to go all the way to the spring.. Although it was frozen for me in January. Similar in difficulty and terrain to the Ramona springs trail just across the valley.

Monday, June 08, 2015

Great trail, enough shade and plenty more trail if you so desire.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

hiking up the west side of the pct and down the east side to the springs was awesome! the transition from mountains to desert along the ridge was way cool. I think I will hike again in spring!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

nice hike all the way round. hiking up
t of the west

Monday, December 03, 2012

Great trail, hiking down the last mile towards cedar springs I knew that I would have a tough time coming back up but it was well worth it to see the giant cedars! Around 40 degrees I think, very windy, cloudy and misty. Saw a couple with a dog and one other individual hiker, otherwise empty trail! This is probably a moderate trail but if you have a dog pulling you the entire 6 miles up and down with no stopping it becomes a little demanding.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Went up the trail again. In the snow this time. Wow. Hard trip , but well worth it. The snow made everything look so beautiful and serene. Walking under snow laden trees, looking like a winter wonderland in APRIL!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Awesome trail. The switchbacks were a little brutal but a great workout. I met up with several cows and a bull at the picnic table. Had to back down and wait for them to pass on. I was no to sure of the bull so I figured it was better to wait. The hike down to Cedar Springs was the most beautiful hike I have been on yet. Great views and even a little snow. The creek was very low but the camp area there was worth the whole trip. I would do this trail again, but not when it is cloudy/sprinkling and very windy. The top was at least 15 degrees colder and with the wind chill it felt like it was below freezing.

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