Eagle Rock via the PCT

MODERATE 178 reviews
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Eagle Rock via the PCT is a 6.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Warner Springs, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
853 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Directions from LA Basin: (To reach the southern end of this segment of the PCT) Drive south on Interstate 15 to Highway 79 South (Temecula). Follow Hwy. 79 approximately 25 miles east, southeast through Oak Grove to the junction with the Chihuahua Valley Road. Follow the Chihuahua Valley Road east approximately 6 miles to a point where the paved road makes a 90 degree turn to the right. A dirt road continues on east at this point. Follow this road approximately 4 miles. The PCT crosses the road in a saddle located approximately 1 mile SSE of Combs Peak. Trailhead parking is along the road.

hiking
5 days ago

Shorter hike than expected, and we found good weather aside from the Santa Ana winds this week. Really cool eagle rock, but not very many good views along the way. Try and explore more along PCT if you go!

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful views! Enter the PCT across the road from the parking area and go through pipe gate (there will be three gates total). Lovely hike through open oak woodland habitat out to the plains and rolling hills. Super windy and exposed so bring lots of water.

hiking
20 days ago

The ‘incline’ at the beginning wasn’t really obvious — very gradual climb with lots of shade and pretty fall colors throughout. When you reach the open field just before the Eagle, expect no shade. Quite blistering even at 78 degrees. The rock is quite the sight and it was super fun to climb on top of for a photo op. Glorious hike with a brilliant change of landscape throughout.

hiking
22 days ago

Fun hike but I wouldn't drive 2 hours there to do again. Shade in the beginning hotter than hell once you hit the open field closer to the Eagle. Cool to see in person & climbing it was fun for a photo op. Came in about 6 1/4 miles round trip on my Apple Watch.

hiking
22 days ago

Took my pupper out here today. challenging but not brutal. inclines are pretty gentle and the steep parts don't last too long. the rock is a gorgeous place to take pictures of and from. the last half mile or so before the rock offers zero shade.

1 month ago

Easy hike and beautiful view. so worth it

backpacking
1 month ago

Great trail. Awesome rock formation.

1 month ago

Awesome trail and hike

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this trail. Fairly flat with a little gentle incline, very pretty trail in my opinion. We parked across the street from the fire station and entered onto the PCT to the right of the station. You'll go thru 3 gates along the way. Follow the PCT trail markers for about 3.25 miles and you will see the giant rock formations on your left. The rock is pretty neat. Mother Nature does some amazing things, lol. Not too many bugs, saw lots of squirrels and one coyote, some shade, total length roundtrip 6.5 according to my Fitbit tracker. Enjoy!

hiking
1 month ago

Went on this hike yesterday and it was wonderful! The trail is well maintained and no trash at all on the floor or in the bushes. We saw a lot of cows grazing and even came across a few cows that were on the trail with us! We only saw a few other hikers on the trail so that was a plus! Took plenty of pictures once we got to eagle rock. This was a great hike for all skill levels.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike on the PCT to Eagle Rock (ER). GPS recorded 7.01 RT miles and 1,196 ft. elevation gains! The first couple of miles on the trail had abundance of poison oak before trekking on the open range Mesa! The Santa Ana winds were prevalent at ER! The views leading up to ER and on ER were breathtaking!

hiking
5 months ago

Crazy

6 months ago

A bit out of the way but the trail was very beautiful and the eagle rock made it worth it!

7 months ago

beautiful views, very few people, and the eagle rock itself was worth the hike. would go again!

7 months ago

This was a really great trail. My two kids (boys aged 10 and 7 who hike often) completed it just fine. I would go on a cooler day if you plan on bringing the kids. Once the trail opens up halfway to the rock formation there isn't much shade at all.
Starts off in a wooded, shady section by a little creek. Ends up in pastures and fields. Then you head back the way you came. Very easy trail to follow as well. Not too many turn offs and very well traveled.
We went on Mother's Day and we passed by some people but I wouldn't say it was busy at all.

Bathrooms are available at the resource center across the street from the start point. It's a camping area for the PCT hikers. Be sure to stop inside and donate if you can. The volunteers working there were so kind! They even sell eagle rock tshirts and bandanas in there to support the area for the trail.

hiking
7 months ago

This was a pleasant moderate length hike. Check weather before heading out due to heat concerns. Nice little stream flowing much of the way. Our dog cooled off by laying in it.

hiking
7 months ago

I love this hike! It had a great variety of scenery and active wildlife. Lots of birds! I'll be hiking this again very soon!

7 months ago

Great hike! Not too difficult. The weather was just right. It started to rain right when we ended the hike.

7 months ago

Great hike but must head out early to beat the heat especially with dogs. Bring extra water for them stopping to rest and drink along the way. Right now there are lots of foxtails and ticks so be sure to check them over when you get back. We left at 7:30a and we're back by 10:30a just before the heat got bad. And of course watch for rattlesnakes. Can't beat the photos on an early morning sunny day!

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