Walker Canyon Trail

MODERATE 34 reviews

Walker Canyon Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Alberhill, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
616 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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Walker Canyon is a canyon in the Temescal Mountains, in Riverside County, California. It divides Alberhill Summit, on the west and the balance of the range to its east. Temescal Creek flows northward through the canyon from where it heads at 33°42′33″N 117°21′43″W in Warm Springs Valley into the upper reach of the Temescal Valley near Alberhill, California. Coming from the Temescal Mountains to the east, Gavilan Wash has its confluence with Walker Canyon near mid way along its length, and Alberhill Canyon has its confluence with Walker Canyon at its mouth. Near Lake Elsinore, California, I-15 passes between Temescal Valley and Warm Springs Valley through Walker Canyon on the east side of Temescal Creek.

hiking
1 month ago

Starting early makes this hike super enjoyable!

3 months ago

hiked to see the wildflowers but too dry. went a little past the trail marker end, still nothing. not sure if they’ll be there this year. was super disappointing after a long, hot hike up a just dirt roads. no shade, first part pretty steep. bring lots of water if hiking on sunny day. trail is super easy to navigate. does have some decent views. but personally wasn’t worth it to us without the wildflowers.

hiking
3 months ago

Did not see a single person on the trail, very remote desert hike, more of a nature walk. Some beautiful rock formations, and since we went closer to summer only mustard was growing. Nonetheless, still a nice hike if you enjoy the desert. Bring plenty of water and enjoy! Watch out for rattlesnakes, we did see snake skin on the trail. The only reason I give this a four star is because alltrails makes you stop in the middle of the hike and turn back and go to the other end of the wilderness and turn around to leave, and there is a lot more to explore.

4 months ago

kinda boring. dirt path that is steep at first. no flowers today just dirt. turned around and quit before the end of the trail.

hiking
6 months ago

love it . So much to see very peaceful!

6 months ago

it's Jan when I hiked it. it was the most peace I've had since coming to southern California. the scenery was dry and brown though, no beautiful flowers, but there wasn't a soul on the trail, just my hubby, myself, and our two amazing pups that actually got to be off leash. I imagine it will get busier in the spring when the blooms come though. I would love to hike it again at that time, during the week, mid day, to see if I could enjoy the flowers without the crowds. Saw some deer up in the mountains and realized we were in mountain lion territory as well. so, be prepared I guess. don't hike alone!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

This was Such a beautiful hike during the super bloom. There were just so many awful people there stomping on all the flowers and mistreating
The area.

walking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Easy trail, pretty flowers ❤️

hiking
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Beautiful flowers this year but very crowded and hot!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Nice trail, but not great for hot weather as there is zero shade. First incline is steep, but once you reach elevation it levels off and is a lovely hike. great views of the Saddleback range. Bring a hat and water, look out for rattlesnakes. Note: if youre wondering, poppies and most showy wild flowers are done for the season. Lots of mustard and lupin still though.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Dusty and busy with people. Getting a chance to see the poppies in bloom was the only real highlight. The trail is quite boring. You'll see a lot of people not wearing the proper footwear attempting this. I'm not sure if this could be considered moderate, it felt pretty easy. Came here twice, once during the bloom in early March and again on Easter.

walking
Monday, April 24, 2017

This trail is okay you have some nice views of the surrounding mountains that's basically all you will get to see on this trail.
I miss out on the spring flower blooms instead i got annoying flying insects, but that's nature you cannot do nothing about it.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Saturday, April 15, 2017

April 15, 2017 - Drove an hour to get here today only to find out they closed the trail last night. The ranger at the trailhead said there have been too many people going off the trail. A biologist did an assessment last night and said the park needs to be closed indefinitely. And apparently there aren't anymore flowers according to the ranger anyway.

hiking
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Came here for the flowers - lots of golden poppies! Flat wide dirt road with a gradual incline. Easy. Very exposed so bring a hat. Doable in sneakers and no poles. Lots of people taking pictures at the beginning but the crowd thins out about 30 minutes into it.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hiked this trail early morning. Beautiful wildflowers and nice views. I found the hike to be easy, it's basically a dirt road. You can stray off path and climb a random mountain to make it more difficult. I will definitely be hiking here often during the summer.

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