Horsethief Canyon Trail

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Horsethief Canyon Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Alpine, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
498 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This is a short hike down to a small swimming hole surrounded by rocks. There is some shade on the trail, but not much. The hike starts from a parking lot, down a dirt road and then you make a right onto the trail that takes you down about 400 ft to the water. Be sure to bring water for the hike out, as there is little shade and it's all up. As soon as you feel like you've had enough, you're already at the top and it's a flat walk back to the car.

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1 month ago

There are two trails. Both go through the biggest gate from the parking lot then take your first right after a quarter mile where the sign says "trail". After the descent into the canyon there is a T bone intersection. Left is overgrown and will create a 3 mile loop that meets up with the fire road. Right is a 5 mile out and back to some point and better groomed. Poison oak is abundant.

I personally prefer just driving Lyons valley road than this trail but glad to experience it.

For easiest day just do the fire road.

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

horseback riding
3 months ago

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

It was tough with a 10month old strapped to my back on the way back up but the stroll down was easy and enjoyable. Take plenty of water.

hiking
4 months ago

Went today. There's no water at the end which is understandable. The entire way out was completely full of bees and ticks. Dog had two on her and we had some as well. Not a fun hike back up either

hiking
4 months ago

Fun little trail with swimming at the end.

hiking
5 months ago

Fantasic pool at the end of the trail. Well worth the trip

trail running
5 months ago

It wasn't easy but lots of fun. Bring water if you hit it up during the summer it gets hot

hiking
6 months ago

Fun hike. Went With my 1 year old and we have a nice little swim. Good water level and water was not cold.

hiking
6 months ago

Fun hike! Started out on a fire trail then onto the real trail. Easy path defending into the valley. LOTS of poison oak, watch out! Rattle snakes were seen too. Once we were at the creek to cross it was about 10 min to the pool. Pool was fun and a perfect temperature. Early morning or afternoon are best times to hike as it does get brutally hot (June).

hiking
6 months ago

Absolutely a great hike!

6 months ago