Dripping Springs Trail

Cleveland National Forest, California

Distance6.4mi
Elevation Gain4,678ft
Trailhead Elevation4,376ft
Top4,376ft
Elevation Min/Max1610/4376ft
Elevation Start/End4376/4376ft

Dripping Springs Trail

Dripping Springs Trail is a hiking trail in San Diego County and Riverside County, California. It is within Cleveland National Forest and Agua Tibia Wilderness. It is 6.4 miles long and begins at 4,376 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,678 feet. This trail connects with the following: Wild Horse Peak Trail.

Dripping Springs Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The 18,000-acre Agua Tibia Wilderness lies northwest of Palomar Mountain, straddling the San Diego and Riverside county line in Cleveland National Forest. Agua Tibia Mountain, one of the three distinct mountain blocks of the Palomar range, is the centerpiece of the wilderness that bears its name. Sparse groves of Coulter pine, bigcone Douglas-fir, incense-cedar, live oak, and black oak cover the highest elevations, while the lower slopes are scrub-covered and fluted by many steep canyons holding intermittent streams. The wilderness was named after one of these streams, Agua Tibia (“tepid water”) Creek."

"Hike to a lovely viewpoint in the San Jacinto Mountains overlooking the less than subtly named Suicide Rock."

"Make this an all-day hike to and from the summit ridge, or an overnight backpack, or set your sights on an intermediate destination. In any case, there is only one direct way up to the forested heights of Agua Tibia Mountain: the Dripping Springs Trail. In cool weather, this is a fine hike for your well-conditioned dog, but be sure you take plenty of extra water along."

Dripping Springs Trail Reviews

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3/16/2014
Great Trail! The Path is cleared. Bathrooms in the parking area. $8.00 day use fee A few creeks that we used rocks to jump across. Mild to Moderate Trail Good Birdwatching, hiking & enjoying nature
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1/31/2010
Did this with a friend as an overnight trip on a nice day. • Don't let the map fool you. It looks like it may only be about 3.5 - 4 miles to the Magee-Palomar trail junction, but the guide says 6.8 miles. The guide is accurate. • We went up a few days after a huge storm blew through, but there was barely a trickle of water up there. (Luckily there were still patches of snow near the top that we were able to melt.) Unless it just rained yesterday, don't expect to find water on this trail.
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3/25/2009
To be fair, I only hiked in about 1 mile. Nothing interesting about a narrow trail between shrubs that are above your head. It looks like it would be interesting to hike off the trail or up the creek, but there are signs that prohibit hiking anywhere interesting.
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1/1/2009
This is a gorgeous winter hike. The views are big and you'll see them for most of the trip. It is a tough hike but well worth it. The harder 20 mile loop is also good but the connector trail is very overgrown and hard to find. This one is easy to follow and a great work out.
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6/7/2008
I've done this trail 20 times and will keep coming back. Start out on the north slope along a moist, dark canyon dominated by old-growth Douglas firs and cedars. Nice and cool. Stop off at the weir, and old dam built to catch fish, then wind through a picture-perfect meadow right out of cowboy classics like Bonanza. Acorn woodpeckers have drilled thousands of holes to store their acorns in the massive Ponderosa pines. Head back toward the campground on the south-facing slope, which is drier and dominated by oaks, some of the biggest you'll find in San Diego Co. Car camp at the shady campground at the trailhead. The perfect trail for kids. Bring a picnic.
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3/27/2003
Great intermediate level hike. There was still some snow on the ground, but not enough for snowshoes.
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Trail Information

Cleveland National Forest
Nearby City
Agua Tibia Wilderness
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Agua Tibia Wilderness
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-minute Vail Lake
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018