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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.

Length 12.0 mi Elevation gain 1,952 ft Route type Out & Back

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Getting There

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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Yumi C.
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Hiking

6.20.2020 Camped at Dripping Spring and went to hike 9am in the morning with my daughter who is almost 7 years old. Probably hiked 1.5 mile in and 1.5 mile out. It was good overcast weather and perfect for small hike. If the sun was out, maybe too warm to hike. There is no water at creek, but saw few flowers and birds. A lot of trees and bushes. Narrow hike but nice view.

Emily M.
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Hiking

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!

Varonica Grills
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Hiking

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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Hiking

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.

Erin Gillette
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Horseback ridingFee

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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HikingRocky

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

Miranda Bardwell
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HikingBugs

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.

Julia Rogers
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HikingOver grownRocky

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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HikingBugs

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.

Ira Hindrawinata
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Hiking

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.

Ashley Hanaway
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HikingRocky

Awesome hike with amazing views.

Kathleen Jolly
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Hiking

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.

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

Sarah Crump
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Hiking

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

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Dianne Moore
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Hiking

Great Trail

Leanno Martinez
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Nice hike, not too bad at all.

Amanda Vadney
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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.

Joyce H.
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Hiking

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

Brayden Hesford
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Hiking

ATTENTION, LOST ITEM! REWARD IF FOUND!!!! 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 https://imgur.com/TXxR1Yg goodluck to any treasure hunters!! email me if you find it braydenhesford@gmail.com

Joan Bracci
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Hiking

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

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

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

Chuck Curry
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Running

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.

Ken Knecht
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Hiking

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.

Robbie Bartkowski
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I love this hike ....done many times

Cheryl G.
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Hiking

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

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

Ken Knecht
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Hiking

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.

Robbie Bartkowski
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