Horsethief Creek

EASY 21 reviews

Horsethief Creek is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mountain Center, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and birding and is best used from November until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,204 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

hiking
5 months ago

Abundance of colors, clearly marked trail, very pleasant hike. There are a few heart pumping stretches but for the most part, a nice steady hike on gravelly surfaces, with plenty of plant life and rewarding vistas. The sign for Horse Thief Creek seems to have been removed, but I followed signage for the Cactus Springs signs trail and just stopped at the Creek. There weren’t many birds or flowers early March, even at the Creek. The drive up and back down from Palm Desert offers stunning view of the valley and distant mountains.

8 months ago

We loved this trail, I wouldn’t classify it as easy, but we did the trail with our dog and loved its remoteness and peace

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Hiked Cactus and Sawmill Trail. Great hike and just enough elevation to get the heart pumping. We will do it again soon. The drive from Palm Desert is beautiful.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Good trail, nice workout! Trail is easy to follow once you are sure your on the right one. Horsethief is not mentioned anywhere on the trail signage. Nor are you positive you've reached your destination. Better signage would be a plus. But all trails app steered us to the right place.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Really nice day! Start early for heat.

hiking
Sunday, January 24, 2016

This was a great hike with a wide variety of terrain and elevation changes. The trail gets more rugged after the first mile, but remains easy to follow.

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Saturday, March 08, 2014

Very pleasant trail. Elevation gain (seems to vary from one report to the next) is a matter of ups and downs (there and back obviously). Met some people who had done this trail many times and they were disappointed by the lack of either birds or flowers this year--this is March 2014--so the drought seems to be taking its toll. I made it down to the creek and back in 1.25 hours as this was just a reconnoitre for a later trip on which we'll go further. Met a total of about 10 people on the trail so it wasn't busy for a Saturday morning.

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