Holcomb Crossing Trail Camp

Green Valley Lake, California 92341

Holcomb Crossing Trail Camp

Holcomb Crossing Trail Camp Professional Review and Guide

"This is the easy way to reach the woodsy haunt of lower Holcomb Creek. You drop
right down from Crab Flats to intersect the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) west of Holcomb Crossing Trail Camp. The trip is a living demonstration of how the forest changes with moisture and heat. Most of the way down from Crab Flats you are in what botanists call
Transition zone—Jeffrey pines, California black and canyon live oak, a scattering of Coulter and sugar pine and incense-cedar—trees that require a moderate amount of moisture and coolness.

Directly across the canyon is Upper Sonoran vegetation, including pinyon pine and juniper trees that grow in warm, semi-arid conditions found on such south-facing slopes. And along Holcomb Creek are the lush trees of streamside woodland—white alder, willow, and cottonwood—growing amid a verdant tangle of ferns, grasses, and flowering herbs. This area is popular with hunters in the fall, so wear something bright."

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"The green forest meets the tawny desert on the north slopes of the San Bernardino Mountains. Holcomb Creek cuts a deep canyon through these slopes. Two trail camps are situated beneath shady pines on the banks of the creek. When the desert is sizzling and the high peaks are blanketed in snow, Holcomb Creek is an ideal destination for a short backpacking trip."

"The green forest meets the tawny desert on the north slopes of the San Bernardino Mountains. Holcomb Creek cuts a deep canyon through these slopes. This is an especially appealing part of the mountains, with tall pines, oaks, and cedars growing on the south side of Holcomb Creek. Growing on the sun-baked north side are pinyon pines, junipers, and desert scrub, while riparian woodland shades the stream bottom."

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Trail Information

Green Valley Lake
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
6
Distance
900 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
March–October
Season
Butler Peak (7.5-minute)
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Oct 2018