Wild Horse Trail

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Wild Horse Trail is a 12 mile moderately 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.

12.0 miles
1,952 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash





nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


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!

6 days ago

Nice hike, not too bad at all.

1 month ago

We love this trail when we have to stay local to Temecula due to time constraints. The trail is well shaded in the morning hours and is a good workout with pretty surroundings.
There is little to no traffic even on the weekends when we hit the trail at sun up.

We’ve done the Dripping Springs which is this trails counterpart and Wild Horse is much prettier and challenging.

7 months ago

Well defined trail (we turned round at 5.5 miles), great views of the surrounding area. A good workout!!

7 months ago

I lost a clear white diamond shaped topaz/quartz crystal earring that has a microchip embedded in it which displays a picture of my girlfriend if you hold it up to your phone. We camped at the intersection of cutca, palomar-mgcee, and wild horse trail about 10 feet behind the trail sign on a flat section next to some leftover coals from an old fire overlooking the edge. I 100% know its there because i left it in the tent and forgot to take it out when we turned the tent inside out. Just hoping whoever finds it has an android phone or iphone8 so that they might accidentally see the return info. Thank you if anyone decides to takeup the challenge! Its going to rain in 3 days i hope it doesnt get washed away :(
heres the last picture of it haha


goodluck to any treasure hunters!!
email me if you find it braydenhesford@gmail.com

7 months ago

Very pretty, with live oaks close to the turnaround point.

8 months ago

love this trail, great for trail running. I get up the trail every chance I get. Beautiful and challenging, what a combo

11 months ago

Wild horse trail Monday morning beautiful an quiet ...the only person out here...I'm about 1 mile from Crosleys saddle⛅️

trail running
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Beautiful trail. Well defined and great views. Parked for free and campground was deserted. But it was a Thursday. Would do it again, and also Dripping Springs.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Good hike because of length and elevation gain. Not a whole lot of sun so anytime you hike here make sure you have lots of water. The hike starts at Dripping Springs campground. $5.00 to park if you don't have a National Park Pass.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

I love this hike ....done many times

Monday, April 10, 2017

Not bad for a day hike. Beautiful during the spring season.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

good trail like it better than dripping springs follows the creek and a lot of shade!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Very nice trail. Is a partner trail to Dripping Springs. If you go out to the end of either to Palomar Road you can do a loop of about 17+ miles. Lots of poppies and other flowers blooming now, last week of March.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

today hiked

Friday, December 30, 2016

Beautiful scenery, very serene.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Did it as the second half of the Agua Tibia loop with an Eagle Crag summit. This trail is second only to Dripping Springs for views and fun in San Diego. Can't say enough about how fun this is. The oak grove portion is amazing. Tough trail too, so bring some water.

trail running
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

First time on Wild Horse. Did a run/walk for 6 miles and walked it back in. No Wildlife visible during my adventure. Was very dry, thankful that I had a good cloud clover. On the way back in I got a steady drizzle for 10-15 minutes and then warmed back up again. Great trail, would do it again.

You have to walk into and all the way to the rear of a campground to find the trail head.

$5 needed for parking unless you are able to snag 1 of the 4 free spots.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Great Trail. The further you go the more you will want to go . first mile is a moderate climb, but after that you will love it.

Saturday, May 30, 2015


Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Love this trail! 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 chill spots on high rock formations along the way ;-). Bring your essentials and your good, nothing outlandish here. Trailhead is a joke to find, expect crowds on the weekends!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

A nice trail with quite a few ups and downs. The trail has been cleared recently so you don't have to go through any bushes. Make sure you bring plenty of water, it's hot and you'll lose quite a bit sweating, it was completely dry.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Trail is actually accessible year round, and like stated, does offer great views of wild life. The trail tends to stick to the southern side of the Arroyo-Seco Creek, as opposed to the Dripping Springs Trail which offers views of Vail Lake, Lake Skinner, and the Temecula, and Hemet Valleys to the North.
The Wild Horse Trail is only slightly over 10 miles, but at the trail end options to continue are offered via Palomar-Maggee Trail and Cutca/Palomar Divide Rd.

carry lots of water (little to no water sources)
temperatures slightly decrease once entering Palomar Mountain area (past endpoint for wild horse trail)

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