Horsethief Canyon Trail

Descanso, California

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The guttural croak of a soaring raven cracked the stillness as I sauntered down the dusty path. A groggy dragonfly flitted through a beam of morning sunlight. Cool air, slinking down the night-chilled slopes, caressed my face and set aflutter the sycamore leaves overhead. Arriving at Pine Valley Creek, I felt puffs of warm, dry air pushing down the gorge—a Santa Ana wind flexing its muscles. I cupped the clear, cold water in my palms and splashed it across my head. If you want this kind of escape from the cares of the city, the Espinosa Trail down Horsethief Canyon is one place to find it.

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"The guttural croak of a soaring raven cracked the stillness as I sauntered down the dusty path. A groggy dragonfly flitted through a beam of morning sunlight. Cool air, slinking down the night-chilled slopes, caressed my face and set aflutter the sycamore leaves overhead. Arriving at Pine Valley Creek, I felt puffs of warm, dry air pushing down the gorge—a Santa Ana wind flexing its muscles. I cupped the clear, cold water in my palms and splashed it across my head. If you want this kind of escape from the cares of the city, the Espinosa Trail down Horsethief Canyon is one place to find it."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Descanso
Distance: 3.2
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: November through June
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Descanso Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Barrett Lake, Viejas Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Horsethief Canyon Trail

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May 2018