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

I loved this hike! Lots of shade to cool under and it’s a quiet hike. This place is beautiful! No one was on the trail when I went so all I was able to hear was the animals in the bushes, birds chirping and lizards moving around. The first time getting here I didn’t know there was a $5 day fee. I ended up just getting a annual pass all year so I can go back here. The camping spots are very pretty. Some have huge spots available with great shade!

on Harveston Trail

walking
5 days ago

I agree this is not a "hike" nor a "trail" but just a sidewalk around a small pond. But I do like it if all I want is an easy stroll with my elderly parents or young toddlers for just a pleasant short walk after dinner in the evening. It's also good in the early morning before work just to get the blood circulating.

5/29/18. Trailhead Map says it’s 6.9 miles up. Started GPS where I parked and got 7.2 up. You have to walk through the entire campground to get to the trail head. That sucked on the way back...

Started at 8:05am with a 30# pack. Stopped to take a lot of pictures along the way. Got to the turn around at 11am. You’ll see a wooden sign at the end. Left the turn around at 11:30am and got back down at 1:30pm. I didn’t expect to do the entire thing but brought 10 x 16.9oz bottles of water for weight and just in case. When I finished I had 3 bottles left. It was a hot one. Expected temp was 87F for Temecula but felt a lot hotter since most of the time you’re under direct exposure of the sun. #sunscreen :(

If I were to do it again, I would have stopped when the views stopped. I am guessing around mile 5 you start to go into woodsy terrain with not much to see as far as views. It was cool to see the change in foliage though. It was nice because it was at least somewhat shaded. I kept climbing expecting to see a view from the top. There is no view at the top :(

Only passed 1 person on the way up and a group of 3 on my way down.

2 months ago

I downloaded the trail map. Wish I knew I could load it into the recorder. My strava recorded it as 14.6 miles. I was packed with my PCT pac. 36 lbs. 95 degrees. took off at 7:25 returned 3:30. Nice rest at top and really nice breeze and shade. 1 gallon of water. came across 1 couple running the trail.

However the camp ground was noisy. Some group of young ragers arrived at 2:30 screaming and puking and woke me from a much needed sleep. Foul mouthed shouting which had to have awaken the boy scout group camping.

Beautiful Mother’s Day hike! It was a cool cloudy day perfect weather since there isn’t much shade. We did 6.1 miles round trip didn’t make it to the top the littles couldn’t hang. Gorgeous views saw one baby harmless snake, not a lot of people very peaceful will definitely go again.

Hiked this trail today! It took me 2.5 hours to reach one end. That was with me pushing hard and taking only a few stops here and there to take pics of the colorful wildflowers and mountains. I saw one skinny but long snake on the trail but it was quick to slither back into the bushes. I also saw some vibrant blue birds! Overall this hike took me 5 hours to complete. It was very scenic and offered lots of solitude. I drank over three liters so be sure to bring lots of water. Also protect yourself from the sun. Lots of exposed sections on this trail. And while you’re thinking about protection, you might want to consider long pants. Some of the plants left me with a rash around my ankles. It’s not itchy but it looks irritated. Bring an Adventure Pass if you have one. Happy Trails!

walking
2 months ago

Easy. Simple. Only did this to get our puppy used to a little distance. We did not do the .8 around the lake. We actually walked the entire Harveston area - which gives you about 3.5 miles.

I hiked from dripping spring camp ground to Palomar magee trail/Dripping Springs sign post and back (total about12 miles) It took me 4.5 hours up and 3.5 down. I took many short stops. I wasn’t moving very fast but I sure enjoyed the views and tranquility. I’m 65 years old. I packed 3 liters of water some snacks. Lite colored long sleeved shirt, hat with strings, ankle supported hiking boots, and a hiking pole. Trail is quite sunny and rocky. I felt energized when I finished. Great trail....

Great trail, easy to get to and not a ton of people on the trail for a weekend. Steady incline on the way out but not too hard if you're in reasonable shape - we had 3 young kids with us and it was challenging for them but not too hard. This provides more of a challenge and genuine hiking experience compared to other popular places in the area, such as the trails on Santa Rose Plateau. As to be expected, rattlesnakes are out right now and we saw them resting on the trails, so be vigilant.

I wouldn’t consider this a hike. It’s a nice place to take a quick clean walk since it’s basically a sidewalk around a man made lake. Also expect to have a crowd around you. It was pretty packed when we went there.

Gorgeous views! It’s long but worth it

Great hike, too bad the cross over to Wild horse trail is not maintained

awesomely for a relax time!

This is one of my favorite hikes. I try to get my friends to go with me every chance I get.

walking
4 months ago

This definitely isn't a hike-- it's the sidewalk around the pond in the Harveston community lol but it IS clean, there's a park for little ones, nice and flat and sidewalk makes an easy go for strollers, you can go fishing, and have a little picnic at the picnic tables or even rent a little paddle boat. Nice little walk almost a mile around, good option when you're pressed for time, aren't looking to drive far from home, want to take the dog for a walk or just want to get some steps in.

on Wild Horse Trail

hiking
4 months ago

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

this is one of my favorite parks and walking spots. the scenery is beautiful but it is not a hiking trail in any way.

hiking
5 months ago

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

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

hiking
5 months ago

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

Beautiful trees and vegetation at the top as a reward. Could not find a trail to the very top of the mountain, so had lunch under the huge, old oak by a clearing. Trail did not seem that difficult, might need to be downgraded to "Moderate".

This is my favorite local hike.

walking
5 months ago

This is a cute little man made lake in the Harveston community. However, it's not what I would consider a hiking trail. It's pretty to walk around but busy on the weekends with people and dogs. Everyone is really friendly. Perfect for a short stroll or for photo backgrounds.

trail running
5 months ago

once i found the original trail head, thia run is awesome. its easy t get lost without this app and doing this the first time. record your hike/run in the app to know the way. it will eat up your phone battery. i did an exyra 4 miles accidentally, lol. but now i know my way.

Good hike with good views. I was hoping to find more and see more at the top of the trail

Beautiful trail with barely any shade at the beginning. Lots of great views. I love how you go from desert to forest on this trail. At the end of the Dripping Springs trail, there are a couple openings to camp.

I like this trail better than the Wild Horse trail which is on the other side and connects via Palomer-Magee trail.

$10.00 entrance fee.

Not quite as hard as a normal black box "hard" icon would indicate, but never the less a great challenging hike. Wonderful views about 2 miles in. Went in February so we had a perfect day (70 degrees), lots of cool wind. Not that busy on the trail for a Sunday. Switchbacks were a bit redundant at first, but the scenery more than makes up for it. From walking in the sun, to passing through wooded covered areas, this trail has it all (except for a water source...streams were drybones for sure). Great quick hike up, and a fun hikers run (shuffle) down. Definitely coming back.

really good trail don't think that's half just long have to take decent shoes lot of pony rocks

There is some road, but if you follow the All Trails app, and their red lines, you will find the off shoot from the street to the trail, which runs along a white fence for a while, if you start by going left on the neighborhood road (And make a right on parado del sol dr) then it's a 2.5 to 3.5 mile climb to some gorgeous views of temescal valley and all the way to Vail Lake. you can still take wrong turns on the trails, so make sure you are following the red lines, or you are still on them. Coming back, make sure you follow the red lines as the end of the trail ends in a neighborhood again near some large houses, but you can miss that trail back to the neighborhood if you aren't watching carefully. then it's fee lefts and rights to get back where you started. You can park at Leoness cellars, and start running down Los Alamitos Rd (dirt road) which runs into a neighborhood street, follow All Trails red lines. be careful because you can easily miss the off shoots All Trails is directing you, either one, to get on the trails from the street neighborhoods.

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