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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.

Length 2.0 mi Elevation gain 577 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Camping Fishing Hiking Mountain biking Walking Bird watching Running Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Closed Fee
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This trail is currently closed. The access bridge was washed out in a flash flood. Access to the trail and to the lake is closed until repairs can be made. 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

Parking is plentiful, but there is a 10 dollar fee to enter the resort. This is an RV/tent camping resort with a pool and other activities. There are restaurants and even a gift shop. This is certainly not a wilderness hike.

Off the I-15 head 8.2 miles east on the S Hwy 79 (also known as Temecula Parkway). This will bring you to the entrance to Vail Lake resort. Turn on to Vail lake road and follow it about 2 miles to the lake. This is where you will park.

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Joanne Tabor
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Hiking

I didn't realize the lake was closed until I was leaving....many trails without barriers leading to the lake. It was beautiful and quiet...now 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.

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

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Monique Broussard
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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.

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Mason H
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Hiking

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

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Breanna Lira
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Hiking

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

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lawrence sanchez
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Running

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

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Isabella Lopez
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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.

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Faith Bass
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Kendell Harry
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Peyton Suzanne
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Kandi Neal
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Kelly Jeong
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Matthew Milanuk
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Cody Wood
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Brian Emmert
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Lora Nichols
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Paul Calabro
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Nic Pittman
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