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Dripping Springs Campground Trail

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Agua Tibia Wilderness

Dripping Springs Campground Trail is a 12.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Temecula, 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.

Length 12.4 mi Elevation gain 2,995 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Over grown

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Contact
Getting There

$5 day use fee

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

Directions from Temecula, CA: Travel 11 miles east on Highway 79.

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Reviews (413)
Photos (573)
Recordings (360)
Completed (625)
Shalon Watts
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HikingFee

Great trail. Well maintained. Partly shaded for a mid morning hike. Nice steady incline that I found to be on the easy side of moderate. Didn’t get out early enough so was only able to do about 1/3 of the trail due to 100+ temps. Thanks Will definitely be back to complete.

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mark Brudney
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No shadeOver grown

A good workout type of hike. I would had gone further had I packed more water. This hike is slow but consistent uphill. Bugs are issue when I stop moving. I use Repel 40 percent deet bug spray. Great views.

Michael Parish
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HikingOver grown

Went up the Dripping Springs Trail it was in great condition great. Then we crossed over on the McGee/Palomar crest Trail to the Wild Horse Canyon Trail. Both trails were over grown, especially the Crest Trail.

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Marjorie Murray
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HikingFeeOver grownRocky

1st time doing a hike and highly recommend to beginners. Narrow trail but very scenic and beautiful views. I completed 6miles.

Ben Lemkau
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Hiking

A good moderate hike. Continual uphill incline but not steep. The Chapparel is overhead in many areas, gives some shade in morning hours. Gets very hot, set a time limit so you're not caught in the heat and bring lots of water. Buggy too

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Erica Mills
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HikingNo shade

Only did a small portion of this trail, had some pretty views but very little shade. Also watch out for horseflies!

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Alicia Gomez
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HikingOver grownRocky

Awesome trail, 10 out of 10 would do again. Recommend hiking boots if you plan on going far, very rocky and narrow about the half way point to the end.

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Delilah Laboy
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HikingFee

Great trail with fantastic views. There are a lot of people but everyone is super friendly. You have the view of the poppies and temecula. Great for running, hiking and for dogs if kept on a leash. No bikes are allowed on the trail. The incline is not that steep and but it does get rocky in some parts. There are parts that are shaded and parts that are not. So bring sunscreen and water. Overall we had a great time! The $5.00 parking fee is well worth it. The trail is kept tidy and clean. I brought my 8 year old niece and she loved it. We did 3 miles in for a total of 6 miles. I would not recommend this trail for little kids. The trail narrows and widens in different areas so I would say 6-7 and up. Unless they are in a hiking backpack. The trail starts all the way at the end of the campsites. So you have to walk about 1/2 mile to get there. Otherwise, great trail! We will be returning soon.

John Lombardo
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Hiking

The springs is a lie

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Jason Danhoff
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Hiking

Beautiful, manicured trail with Southern California weather. Great day out and a nice long hike to the top.

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dean vasquez
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HikingFee

Classic uphill to top and then Back down. We went up trail 5 miles and back with another half mile from day parking to the trail head. Trail in great shape and beautiful views of Temecula and vail lake.

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Kyle Means
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Horseback ridingFeeNo shadeRocky

It was our first time trail riding horses here and we absolutely loved it. Originally took the trail at the north side of the equestrian camping and decided to turn around cause it got a bit too steep for me 25 year old mare. Headed out dripping springs Trail and oh what a joy! We will definitely be back!!!

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Kevin Gustafson
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Hiking

Great day hike with great views, both up and down (looks very different on the way down). One tip- when you get to the end of Dripping Springs Trail and see the sign for beginning of Palomar-McGee Trail (about 6.4 mile mark), it is true (as noted in another review) that there is no view. But continue on (now called the Palomar-McGee Trail) for just 5 minutes and there is an excellent view, finally of the other side of the mountain.

Janice Esparza
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HikingFeeOver grownRocky

Once you hit the top where it’s about to connect to wild horse it’s way over grown with a lot of down trees. You’ll have to crawl & climb if you want to do the loop. It’s hard to even see where the trail is.

Jennifer Barney
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HikingFee
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patrick Irey
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HikingFee
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Alexis Grinbold
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Hiking

Nice!

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Hannah PH
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Hiking

Beautiful hike. Trail is well maintained and not too steep - although somewhat difficult due to the length. Amazing views all the way and I only saw a handful of other people. Some gnats near the top but not unbearably buggy.

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Lindsey Johnson
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HikingRocky
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Marlanea Kirkbride
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This trail was.more.difficult than I thought. I would say it was a Hard hike. We didn't not one person going up and getting to the top was uneventful just a sign no Vista View but we did it and felt accomplished. It does have GREAT views!

Marlanea Kirkbride
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Great trail and views.

Jacquelynn Russell
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HikingRocky
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