East Horsethief Trail

HARD 15 reviews

East Horsethief Trail is a 9.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Elsinore, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. 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.

9.7 miles
3,136 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers

washed out

5 months ago

If you’re looking for great views and a kick ass workout, this is your trail. Hill after hill. Well worth it from the top. I hike every weekend and consider hard to be an accurate portrayal

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Super tiring but well worth the views at the top of horse thief peak. To get to the peak from the main divide head south until u reach the firebreak. Ocean views! I started at the end of mountain rd and it took me 3 hrs to complete this hike up and back.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Best trail in Lake Elsinore

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Great trail steep start

trail running
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I have done this hike / trail run several times. Once even in a heavy rain downpour. It is VERY steep and tricky in numerous spots. This trail is accessible but you have to be adventurous. Trust me, single track all the way up with some runoff ruts but once you peak the top at North Main Divide it is well worth it. Make sure you pack out all your trash if you bring bottles. No maintenance on this trail at all except us enthusiasts. Enjoy.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

I tried to do the East Horsethief trail and found it by way of Elsinore by going down Nichols Rd. You go through a track development which dead ends to a dirt road. Took the dirt road to the gate and it was locked. We parked by the houses and walked the road to the gate. The trail is clear for about .3 miles. You will see a bunch of little camp fires that teenagers have and empty beer cans and liquor bottles. The trees also have graffiti on them. The trail went down some crazy rocks and terrain so we turned around and found another trail. It started winding up the mountain but there were so many bushes and trees we couldn't make it. This trail isn't maintained at all. I would guess those gates have been locked for at least a year. I might try the West Entrance but don't even bother with this one.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Did this trail in 2011 started from West Horse thief on the orange county side. West horse thief was well maintained and had great views. East horse thief had some great views but is not maintained at all and it became a very difficult hike. Most of the trail was washed out and had little shade. If it was maintained it would be a great hike.

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Sunday, June 05, 2016

recorded East Horsetheif Trail

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