Eagle Rock via the PCT

MODERATE 115 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
944 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.

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6 days ago

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

9 days 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.

9 days ago

hiking
10 days 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
15 days 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!

hiking
16 days ago

18 days ago

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

18 days 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!

hiking
21 days ago

22 days ago

Just go super early to avoid the heat! Bring lots of water!

hiking
23 days ago

An easy hike along the PCT and dog friendly.

28 days ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

April was the perfect time to explore this trail. Make sure you say hi to the PCT hikers and ask where they are from. They like to chat. Bring lots of water. No bathroom at trailhead, but .4 miles up the road (at the Community Center) they allow the PCT hikers to camp and you can use the restrooms. If you are geocaching, watch out for snakes among the rocks. We came across a big one. We were a little worried about the 85 degree forecast and the Santa Ana wind but the strong breeze felt refreshing and made Eagle Rock not so hot. The first 2 miles are in shade, the last mile is out in the open. Great views, you can see the Observatory on Palomar Mountain along the way. Eagle Rock is very interesting. One of the better rock croppings I've encountered. Overall this hike gets a 5 thumbs up from me.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Fairly easy hike, steady with not a lot of incline. Walking alongside the vast open meadow is so beautiful and unlike what I'm used to. Flowers are blooming and the eagle rock is pretty awesome.

1 month ago

Nice little walk through the meadow, pretty flat overall.