Red-Tailed Roost and Agua Dulce Trail Loop

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Cleveland National Forest

Red-Tailed Roost and Agua Dulce Trail Loop is a 4.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Julian, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and horses. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length4.7 miElevation gain587 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingHorseback ridingRunningDog friendlyForestViewsWildflowersWildlife
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There is a small parking lot near the entrance of the trail. There were several trail heads by the parking lot and also inside that you may go the wrong way. Offline map is highly recommended. The trail is very well kept. It started off with fall yellow leaves still on the trees, then into some brown tones, then the greenery from the oak trees then some snow patches here and there. Easy hike with very little elevation.

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Tiffany Glenn-Hall
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HikingGreat!

It’s a fun moderate hike. There was still some snow on the ground. Very few people hiking it. It was perfect for me to take some time away from the city. There is a nice amount of shade. I’m not giving 5 stars because there wasn’t an extraordinary view or aha moment, but a very nice hike with trees and meadows.

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Luke OLeary
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HikingGreat!RockySnow

Lots of trees and shade. Nearly devoid of people.

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Julie Tarra
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Easy to follow, not too crowded

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Sam XDee-ass
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A bit rocky

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Hosung Park
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Ronnie Hoff
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Angie Bruja
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WalkingGreat!

My Favorite!!!

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Josette Renee
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Joseph Slaton
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Ronnie Hoff
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Shelbey Hoskins
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HikingGreat!

It was a beautiful hike! High winds on the day we went so I’m glad we were equipped with wind jackets. We were freezing until we started to hike and built up some internal heat. I’ve been wanting to hike an area with an actual forest and tall pine trees, unlike the rock and low brush towards the coast and my wish came true. It was also a low traffic trail, I think we ran into 5 groups of people and 2 groups of mountain bikers throughout our entire hike. We went in late February and there was still some snow on the ground but some had melted which caused the trail to be a little muddy in some areas. Overall, we loved the hike and the entire area. We will defiantly be back to try out some other trails.

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Meechi Silverthorn
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Hiking

Always great! Breezy, a little muddy, and a little snow!

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Amy Gould-Pilz
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Fantastic! Still snow on the ground and a bit muddy but wonderful!

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Janet Haberland
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This is one of our favorites. We were out on 2/7 and there is still a lot of snow. It was beautiful but slippery. Put your snow boots on or be prepared to have wet feet.

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Marcus Hock
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Holly Spear
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Joseph Slaton
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Liz Upsall Aderhold
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great hike, done it multiple times

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Valerie Guerrero
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HikingGreat!Snow

Super nice trail! Very woodsy

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Amy Gould-Pilz
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Beautifully forested with some rocky areas.

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Karlo Deza
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Kristen Hopkins
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Johnny Nonce
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Nolan Alexander
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I did an ~8 mile loop that incudes both the Red-Tailed Roost and Agua Dulce Trail Loop and the Laguna meadow area. The 4 star rating and this review is for only the Red-Tailed Roost and Agua Dulce Trail Loop portion. I chose to go on a Friday instead of a holiday weekend with the warmest temperatures of the winter. in an attempt to avoid the crowds. This turned out to be unnecessary. The loop was completely empty. I didn't see a single other person on the trail, and only saw 2 other cars in the parking lot. The solitude was nice, as was walking through a wooded area with pine trees and a sense of the 4 seasons. However, the forest itself wasn't anything special, nor were there any really amazing views beyond seeing snow.. I also wasn't a fan of the telephone lines + cabins on the north side, and loose rocks on the south side. I much prefer the forest areas of Palomar Mountain State Park, Idyllwild, Big Bear, etc. It was strangely inconsistent to have warm weather with temps in the mid 60s, yet still have a good amount of snow and ice on the ground, particularly on the north side. The snow was initially a pleasant change from the usual SD weather, but by the end of the walk, the ice, mud, and puddles from melted snow were far less pleasant. I plan to start at a different area of Mount Laguna next time, spending more time in the grassy plateau area.

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