West Horsethief Trail

Cleveland National Forest, California

Distance1.6mi
Elevation Gain2,274ft
Trailhead Elevation4,094ft
Top4,098ft
Elevation Min/Max2680/4098ft
Elevation Start/End4094/4094ft

West Horsethief Trail

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.

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Mountain Bike! Orange County (Menasha Ridge Press)
David Womack
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"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."
Afoot & Afield: Orange County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad and David Money Harris
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"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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Trail Information

Cleveland National Forest
Nearby City
Cleveland National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
CNF: TD
Local Contacts
Cleveland National Forest Visitor Map
Local Maps

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