Agua Caliente Creek

Warner Springs, California 92086

Agua Caliente Creek

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"North of Warner Springs, the Pacific Crest Trail follows Agua Caliente Creek up a lovely canyon lined with sycamores, cottonwoods, and oaks. Visitors will enjoy frolicking in the creek or spending the night at the secluded, undeveloped campsites in the canyon."

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101 Hikes in Southern California: Exploring Mountains, Seashore and Desert (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad and David Money Harris
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"Until the early 1970s, the middle reaches of Agua Caliente Creek seldom saw the intrusion of humans. After the Pacific Crest Trail was routed through, it became a favorite resting spot for hikers heading north or south. This is one of only four places in San Diego County where the PCT dips to cross a fairly dependable stream, and it’s the only place where the trail closely follows water for a fair distance. The stream—if not perennial—is at least alive from the first rains of fall into early summer." Read more
Afoot & Afield: San Diego County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad
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"Before the 1970s, the canyon of Agua Caliente Creek above Warner Springs seldom saw the intrusion of humans. After the Pacific Crest Trail was routed through, however, it became recognized as a pleasant camping spot for backpackers heading north toward Canada or south toward Mexico. This is one of only four places in San Diego County where the PCT dips to cross a fairly dependable stream, and the only place in the county where that trail closely follows running water for a fair distance." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Diego (Menasha Ridge Press)
Sheri McGregor
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"Around the world in 80,000 steps? Not quite, but the environment ranges from arid to oasis as it travels through dry, sun-drenched country into shady woods along and across the creek—demonstrating the diversity of San Diego’s land in one hike." Read more

Agua Caliente Creek Reviews

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10/18/2009
This hike, Agua Caliente Creek Trail (PTC Section B1) Warner Springs North bound to Lost Creek Road ~7.2 miles and back. We started, northbound, from the parking area, junction of Hwy79 and PTC. Good parking place along the Hwy. Pass through the gate to begin the trail. Trail was easy to follow, deep sand in the valleys, and dusty trails thoughout. Great views of Waner Springs area after 2 miles up the trail. Many trees with shade in the valleys areas. Trail has lots of up and down hill hikings, with a total elevation gain of 1000 feet at Lost Creek Rd. junction. Lost Creek rd. could be used to access the trail further up, and parking areas were seen on that road. Water was still flowing in the the upper part of the creek ~4.5 miles up, in mid-October. The lower part of the creek was dry. The water, further up the trail, was clear, and drinkable if filtered. Deer tracks were seen near the water. Soaking our feet in the creek was quite refreshing. Sailplane glider aircraft were visable in the sky, flying over the mountains toward the desert. The day, we hiked, was 90 degrees F and very dry. Be sure to take extra water or filter the water from the creek. :-) Big Al
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1/23/2007
Great for an easy, relaxed walk/nature hike. It is heavily traveled however, so if you want to get away from civilization and enjoy some solitude in a natural setting, this is not the hike for you.
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Trail Information

Warner Springs
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
9
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
4 hours
Duration
October–May
Season
USFS PCT Map: Volume 1
Local Maps

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Dec 2018