Explore the most popular forest trails near Aguanga with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Gorgeous trail and gorgeous day! Did the entire loop and pond. So many wildflowers and birds. Hardly anyone else around. Loved every minute!

2 months ago

We went 5/31/2018. I loved it. It's beautiful like all the photos.
There were a couple of streams. It's very green. Surprisingly barely any poison oak/ivy/sumac. Lots of bugs, though. The trail was pretty well maintained except the Scott's Cabin Trail was pretty overgrown.
It's ten bucks to park and they take cash and checks, but no cards. The closest ATM is inthe General Store 2 1/2 miles from the ranger station.
I'm pretty sure the trail is longer than the description. We followed the map really closely and our All Trails recorder and my FitBit showed 4.5 miles not 3.6.

It’s soooooooo beautiful. You get a peace of mind and feel so relaxed once you leave. Go around January and you might catch yourself being surrounded by all the lady bugs !!!!!!! You’ll catch a lot of blue jays too depends if you go around morning, early afternoon. Maybe even deer around sunset time. But it’s wonderful highly recommend it !!! You’ll really enjoy it !

Nice walk. Not too strenuous. Brought some lunch and stopped along the way. Several places along the way have truly fantastic views. Great way for a hiker to get a day's worth of walking in.

Very beautiful hiking. Especially at the partly cloudy wether.

Fantastic view and nature during and the end of this trail, we hiked in cloudy day in spring with lots of green grass and blooms around us. I recommend to try this hiking trail.

We loved this hike. Somehow we turned it in to about 6 miles and the fit bit says about 112 stairs climbed. Lots or great up and down trails. Some downed trees across the trail here and there. Hope they don’t remove them. Easy to get a little of everything on these trails. E will be back soon.

Loved it! There are so many trails to follow! It’s beautiful and my youngster didn’t complain much. We did a small loop to try it out with the app. We will come back and explore the rest of the trails.

4 months ago

Stumbled on this trail, it’s moderate but beautiful and the two mile loop completed was great!

There is a $10 entrance fee to the park. CASH ONLY so come prepared. The general store will do cash back if you forget but they are limited by what’s in the till. The trail to the lookout was short and moderately steep. The views would be spectacular on a clear day, but it was hazy when we went. From the lookout, the trail heads downhill and there are numerous downed trees across the trail that were fun for our toddler and made the day interesting. Overall, trail would be considered an easy outing if it wasn’t for the downed trees you have to traverse along the way.

Amazing views as always and the in the freezing temperatures much of the trees and foliage around covered in stunning icicles!

great loop hike, spectacular views to the west at the top of the hike

I went up to Eagle Crag on Feb 3, 2018. From the summit register, it seems like I was the 2nd person to get to the peak since Christmas, so the final half a mile to the peak was difficult, with no trail to follow. Use a gps and just bushwack to the peak. Great views of San Jacinto and San Gorgonio, some guys on the trail told me that they spotted pot growers on their trail cam.. Good day hike.

Me, my husband, and our 2-year-old did this loop trail today (2/4/18) and it was amazing. Beautiful views, plenty of shade, quite a few easier sections where our son was able to get out of our hiking backpack carrier and walk himself, and we only saw 3 other groups the entire 3-and-a-half miles (that may be due to it being Super Bowl Sunday though). The weather couldn't have been more perfect, it was between 66 and 70 degrees throughout our hike (we started at 10 and got done at 12:15). We will be back frequently.

We did this hike on 2/3/18. Great views and trails through the wooded forest and meadows. Boucher trail coming down from the tower has lots of trees and logs across requiring climbing over or under. The Weir/Diane Valley loop was great with some beautiful old trees. We decided to cut off the last Chimney Loop and headed back from Diane Pond on the Scott Cabin trail. 8.4 miles on our Apple Fitness app. Very pleasant and beautiful hike. Will do it again for sure. Weather is great right now!!!

Great hike. The weir house was absolutely amazing, be careful on the rocks at the house, they are extremely slippery.

Backpacked Dec. 20-21, 2017 from Dripping Springs Trailhead to Cutca Valley.

Trail quality is good up to Agua Tibia Mountain, moderate vegetation overcrowding near the top, with some branches at face level. The trail divides near the top: the left path leads to Agua Tibia Peak, and the right path continues on to Crossley Saddle. We marked the path that continues to Crossley Saddle with Bavarian Checkered flag tape (mile 13, from Cutca Trailhead).

The trail leading to Crossley Saddle is obstructed by multiple fallen tree trunks. We had to climb over and under as we went, but the path is negotiable. There are pine stands along the way with thick beds of needles that might make nice sites to bed down (mile 12, from Cutca Trailhead).

We made the saddle by evening (we started late on the solstice; your mileage may vary), and camped there (mile 11, from Cutca Trailhead). The saddle is cold, drizzly and windy; there are better places to camp, but it is conveniently near the halfway point, and affords a nice view of the county. Eight years ago when we hiked through, the signage at Crossley Saddle had been burnt out, but it is now repaired and prominently placed.

The path up to Eagle Crag from Crossley Saddle is an old truck trail, and, though in poor repair, easy hiking. The climb up to Eagle Crag requires some scramble, soft earth and a steep slope, but is worth the climb. There is a registry at the crag, and there is a sheltered lee behind the rocks that makes a good camping site.

The path down to Cutca Valley from Eagle Crag is a series of steep switchbacks, that continue down into the creek (flowing in the past, but dry for us this time). We passed three hikers heading going the opposite way: Cutca Valley to Dripping Springs, on our way down. Once through Cutca Valley, you spend some time heading south on a truck trail, and then back on a path to the east. At the end, the path winds down into another creek bed, after which a short but steep path up some switchbacks leads to the Cutca Valley Trailhead.

We marked the trail from the point that it splits near Agua Tibia Peak to the Cutca Valley Trailhead with Bavarian Checkered flag tape. The turnoff to Eagle Crag is marked with Bavarian Checkers, some old pink flag tape, and a duck.

In past years, we’ve come across flowing water in the creeks (wintertime), but this time we did not come across any water. Unless there is snow, most of the seasonal water will be in the creeks on the Cutca Valley side, east of Eagle Crag: the first six miles, if you’re starting from Cutca Valley.

Lovely! You see the valley, cedar trees, creek, and wild life. Relatively quiet trail. Very easy to do with a baby in a carrier. You do need to cross the creek at one point on stones, but it’s very easy and most times of the year the water level is very low.

easy, nice.

very pretty hiking area

trail running
10 months ago

A very nice hike.
Parking is $10, must be cash.
I parked just past where you pay for day use on the left in the Silvercrest Picnic Area. Except the beginning the in-App map was very helpful.
From the picnic area there is a short trail at the bathroom to the road then walk left along the road and the Boucher trail is between the separated up & down roads to the Boucher fire overlook.
My hunch is it is slightly longer around 10-11 miles, but I got off trail slightly once/twice using a paper map before backtracked or pulling out the phone app.

10 months ago

Short but beautiful

FYI This is in the State Park which charges $10 for day use. The trails were a wee bit confusing but we're new to this so it was probably user error. Pretty, shady, and tranquil on the "tree" side, but a bit warm on the "meadow" side. We saw wild turkeys which was a real treat! Went to the observatory after. It's only 5 miles. It's a must see!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Beautiful trail. don't forget to bring your insect repellent.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Cool trail with ridgeline views of Harrah's casino below. Some parts of trail could use some TLC. Had to bend and climb through some brush.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Lot of shade on the trails but flys and mosquitoes are unbearable. Strongly suggest to use Insect repellent when hiking in this area.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Ordinarily, this is one of my favorite hikes. I have rated this a 5-star in the past. However, I'm very disappointed with the maintenance and conditions of the Boucher trail. The trail is now severely over grown and difficult to hike. The brush completely covers the trail in many spots. You have to crawl on you hands and knees to get thru many different spots. In some areas on the N side of the mountain the trail is actually giving way to erosion. The park is also flush with poison oak. This makes hiking on your hands and knees especially difficult.
This trail is in severe need of maintenance.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

This park is absolutely beautiful. There are a lot of gorgeous hiking options and a campground. However, I can't write a review without mentioning the fact that, at the time of my visit, in late June, the sheer number of flies in the area made the hike absolutely unbearable. I could've hiked this beautiful place for hours but left after one. I have never seen anything like it. I will definitely be back once I know they are gone.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Beautiful trail but many parts are way overgrown and hard to avoid all the poison oak. But easily one of my favorites.

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