West Horsethief Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Orange County, California. It is within Cleveland National Forest. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 4,094 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,274 feet.
West Horsethief Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Don’t be fooled by the relatively short length. This ride covers remote and somewhat demanding terrain. Begin at the Holy Jim trailhead and crank up Trabuco Creek Road. In less than a mile the road ends and the Trabuco Trail begins. Continue up the canyon on the singletrack— it’s not steep, but the rocky terrain offers a worthy challenge. Turn left on the West Horsethief Trail and climb to the top. Expect to walk some, if not all, of the climb— it’s steep. Enjoy the view at the Main Divide, then turn around and head back downhill. The return route is fast and fun. It’s amazing what you can do when gravity is on your side."
--David Womack, Mountain Bike! Orange County (Menasha Ridge Press).
"The combination of wide-open views atop the Main Divide, and passages through pockets of dense chaparral and timber in the uppermost reaches of Trabuco Canyon make this one of the more varied and interesting hikes."
--Jerry Schad and David Money Harris, Afoot & Afield: Orange County (Wilderness Press).
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