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Vail Lake Trail [CLOSED]

MODERATE 20 reviews

Vail Lake Trail [CLOSED] is a 2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Temecula, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.0 miles
574 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly




mountain biking

trail running


bird watching



wild flowers




This trail is currently closed. The access bridge was washed out in a flash flood earlier this year. Access to the trail and to the lake is closed until repairs can be made. This is unlikely to happen until middle to late 2018. The trail outlined is a loop along the lake itself. The trail described is just a small section of the trails surrounding Vail Lake. The trail takes you up into a peninsula where you see Vail Lake to either side. The trail has steep climbs to start, and then about a mile of easy walking just over halfway in, you start to make the loop at which point you will drop down to lake level then follow a ridgeline to the pinnacle of the hike. This portion is not easy. At some points there is a 37% incline. The trail is always in view of the lake, and you will even catch views of Mt San Jacinto and San Gorgonio. $5 fee

Monday, January 01, 2018

I didn't realize the lake was closed until I was leaving....many trails without barriers leading to the lake. It was beautiful and I know why! The map I received was pretty confusing...there are no markers on the trails to coincide with the map. Overall, I enjoyed my day hiking to Vail Lake.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

the lake is closed they should have told you that before charging $5per person

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

I was so looking forward to doing this hike, then I drove there and the road to the lake is closed. Very dissappointed :( will try again another time.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

The trails were primarily dirt roads. Trail maps did not distinguish between roads and hiking trails. Nothing special. Also, there was some occasional piece of trash on the trail. Nice views and always good to get outside, though. One cool part was a road/trail was blazed right on some ridge lines.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Lots of bike trails and beautiful views around the lake. Not much shade. some areas can be challenging.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Did the Spartan race here. Amazing hike. Beautiful view! Definitely challenging, for me at least. Can't wait to go back!!

trail running
Friday, December 19, 2014

Ran the Spartan Sprint here in 2013. It was a tough run up and down the trails and through the mud and water. Definitely need plenty of water during the hotter weather. I ran it in January and still got my butt kicked! The view from the higher elevations is awesome...well, not so much when you can't breathe and cramping in your quads! LMAO

mountain biking
Saturday, September 07, 2013

Went over labor day weekend. Had to pay 5 bucks and sign a form to get in but worth it. Took the dam climb which looks gated off but just swing your bike around. Its a fire road for the beginning then at the damn turns into a crazy ridge line. If you do not want to walk your bike i suggest taking the single tracks instead of the dam climb because damn you'll be climbing. Not for beginners because the down hill is crazy i went on level three and had to walk down half of it. Hopefully you have a frs for that downhill because a hard tail is well.. Hard. Good luck have fun.

Monday, January 01, 2018

Thursday, November 02, 2017

recorded first time pretty good hike

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Friday, May 05, 2017

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Saturday, November 05, 2016

mountain biking
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