West Horsethief Trail

Cleveland National Forest, California

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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.
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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. This trail connects with the following: Trabuco Creek Road and Trabuco Canyon Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Cleveland National Forest
Distance: 1.6
Elevation Gain: 2,274 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 4,094 feet
Top Elevation: 4,098 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to West Horsethief Trail
Parks: Cleveland National Forest
Elevation Min/Max: 2680/4098 ft
Elevation Start/End: 4094/4094 ft
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Mountain Bike! Orange County

Mountain Bike! Orange County

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.

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Afoot & Afield: Orange County

Afoot & Afield: Orange County

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.

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May 2018