Wild Horse Trail is a 12 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Temecula, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length12.0 miElevation gain1,952 ftRoute typeOut & back
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The hike starts at Dripping Springs campground. $5.00 to park if you don't have a National Park Pass. This hike is very similar to Dripping Springs (being that they're connected), nothing too difficult. Nice rolling hills, super rocky on the incline, and a whole bunch of sun. Plenty of spots to chill on high rock formations along the way. Expect crowds on the weekends!

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

Directions from LA Basin: Take Interstate 15 south to Highway 79 near Temecula. Take Hwy. 79 south 11 miles to Dripping Springs. Turn right and park in Trailhead parking lot. (Vehicles must display a Forest Adventure Pass.) The trail is reached by walking south from the parking lot 0.5 mile through Dripping Springs Campground.

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Yes H
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TJ Wiegman
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Had to turn around at about 4 or 5 miles in due to time constraints, but those miles were all quite pleasant. It was pretty quiet despite being Saturday (only ran into a dozen folks or so over 4 hours), and more shaded than I expected (roughly half, maybe more). Next time I have a weekend to kill and the itch to backpack, I might have to come do the full loop...

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Jesus Ceja
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Anthony Jones
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Hit this nearby trail mid week about a week after a recent rain hoping to see some water flowing in the Arroyo Seco Creek. Started up the trail about 8:00 am at about 40 degrees, just a little chilly. Once I made the left heading east from the Dripping Springs Trail the trail was well graded although not very scenic. Tall head high brush block your view in most spots but at the seasonal creek crossings it was more lush and cooler. Once you reach the more open slopes the view gets better but you are also hiking into the rising sun so glasses helped alot. The trail was in good shape, just a little damp from the recent rains. Be careful not to step too close to the edge in places as the trail footing gave way which could lead to a nasty fall into the shrubs. There is poison ivy growing in the more dense stream bottoms so be sure you know what it looks like, especially in the winter months. About 3.7 miles in the trail rounds a small hilltop heading south, look for an unmarked but well used use trail heading up to a small hill. I had outstanding views from up there where I could see all of Southern California's County High Points like Santiago Peak (O.C.) Mt. Baldy, San Gorgonio, San Jacinto and even Hot Springs Mt. (S.D. H.P.). It was a good workout, felt nice to get out into the forest even if this isn't one of the best trails out there. I only ran into one older couple who were heading back down the hill. They were really nice and tipped me off to another trail that just might be my next adventure. I shot video of my hike and posted it over on my Youtube Channel, Here's the link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56outIj2qfQ&t=447s, Copy & Paste.

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Julie Shepherd
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Seungri Tiaen
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Addy Brongo
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Trail was obvious but I would definitely suggest wearing long pants as a lot of plants are grown across or are sticking into the trail. Good mix of sun and shade. Some areas can be very sandy or rocky and on the edge of a cliff so watch your step. Overall a good trail.

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Sharon Morris
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Matt Callon
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hard only because of it's distance. very runnable which was nice. I'd say moderate for the experience hiker or runner..

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Aimée Wilkins
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Beautiful views. Very anticlimactic finish though. You basically turn around when you come to a fallen over tree. Other than that, delightful walk. The "hike" is more dangerous than strenuous. Very narrow trail, which can become quite steep. Cover your legs as the vegetation is overgrown in some areas and will protrude onto the path. Have fun!

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Steven Franklin
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Emily Mazzetti
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Love S
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Perfect Trail no distractions. Amazing experience. Water is needed the trail is longer than expected.

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Emily Mazzetti
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4.11.20 - beautiful day out after all the rain. The dry creek bed you cross at the beginning was flowing pretty heavy, was about knee deep to get across. We went 5 miles up and it was just beautiful....I've done this trail before a few times, but this was by far the best with all the water flowing. There was one other small creek crossing that was easy to do by stepping on rocks. There were a few other spots but not bad to just step across. The trail is in great condition and wasn't very crowded today. On the way out, we spoke to the camp host who said that the trails are closed as of 5pm today due to COVID 19. Glad we got our miles in today!

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Varonica Grills
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This trail is beautiful. It’s uphill but not steep a slow incline. Not too challenging so you can go for a long ways. Lots of shade and birds. Beautiful plants and the sound of the creek is also relaxing.

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Jennifer Rawlings
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First time hiking in the Agua Tibia Wilderness. Hiked 7.5 miles out and then back for a 15 mile day. The views were amazing, Feb when it is cool outside is the perfect time to be out here! Flower petals dropping - almost looked like snow. Such a beautiful hike! Perfect amount of up and down! Only downside - my husband and I found ticks on us when we got home, and our dog had them all over. We had quite a time making sure they were all eradicated! This is not a 12 mile hike - probably more like 10 or so each way. Br prepared with headlamps if you leave late. If you park at the entrance there is no gate and if you park outside the entrance, no fee. So the sign says.

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Erin Gillette
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low tree around the 2 mile mark. had to dismount to get under it. the trail is narrow and the ground is soft in places. passing hikers was difficult in places and it would be impossible to get two horses past each other. there's no water. at approximately mile 5, the trail gets pretty overgrown. no cell service (Verizon) for most of it.

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Kathy Brinkmann Pellissier
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Great trail with beautiful scenery! Very easy to follow. The only downside is the trail does get very narrow in some places.

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Miranda Bardwell
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Loved this trail! Steady mix of gain/decline in elevation, and absolutely gorgeous. Do be aware that this trail is 12 miles ONE WAY. Even on the Forest Service website it is listed as 10.1 miles round trip, which is not true.

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Julia Rogers
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Great trail. Has a good mix of ups and downs, shade and exposure. It is a bit overgrown and sometimes quite narrow in places, but nothing you cant get past. Thanks to the two ladies I passed who told me the whole loop was 20 some miles, not the 12 I thought it was!! Still want to do the full loop sometime, but was not prepared this trip.

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Jennifer Cradduck
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We only got 7.5 miles in and turned back once the sun was really out of the morning clouds and we were getting low on water (needed more than what we expected). The biting flies are NO JOKE!! They don't shoo-off, you have to fully swipe them off your body. They even bit through my clothes. Maybe winter would be a better time and less flies?? The shaded areas do have poison oak so keep your eyes out for "leaves of three, leave them be". the uphill grade is noticeable but not as much as when you have turned back, we didnt realize how high we really got. Heard 2 rattlesnakes but didn't actually see them. A variety of lizards, plants blooming everywhere, and some great views. I would totally do this hike again, but not during high-sun-fly-biting-season.

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Ira Hindrawinata
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Great trail. The terrain changes up on you plenty of times keeping things interesting. Plenty of shade when you need it. Watch out for snakes though, we came across a few when we went out.

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Ashley Hanaway
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Awesome hike with amazing views.

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Kathleen Jolly
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Great hike. A friend and I started at around 11am and brought our two 11 year old boys. Make sure you bring plenty of water.

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Carla Marasco
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Gorgeous hike. Great views and only saw two people the entire day!

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Sarah Crump
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River at beginning of trail is washed out and too hard to cross :(

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Dianne Moore
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Great Trail

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Leanno Martinez
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Nice hike, not too bad at all.

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