Caliente Wilderness Trail

Warner Springs, California

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This section of the Pacific Crest Trail, through lands formerly considered for official wilderness status (the Caliente Wilderness Study Area), winds along boulder-strewn ridges and through small ravines shaded by mini-groves of live oak. In the upper reaches, there’s no noise other than the wind, and no signs of humankind other than the trail itself. Even the skies are nearly quiet; the area seems to be removed from the flight paths of most aircraft.

Caliente Wilderness Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This section of the Pacific Crest Trail, through lands formerly considered for official wilderness status (the Caliente Wilderness Study Area), winds along boulder-strewn ridges and through small ravines shaded by mini-groves of live oak. In the upper reaches, there’s no noise other than the wind, and no signs of humankind other than the trail itself. Even the skies are nearly quiet; the area seems to be removed from the flight paths of most aircraft."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Warner Springs
Distance: 12
Elevation Gain: 1,700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 7 hours
Season: November though May
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Palomar Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Warner Springs, Hot Springs Mtn.
Driving Directions: Directions to Caliente Wilderness Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

5/9/2010
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Not easy to find, but worth the trouble. Don't get fooled by the miners trail, which could be mistaken for the trailhead. You must go a little further up the road. Spring is the best time to do this hike.


12/1/2008
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This trail is pleasant but lacks a special destination. It is great for exercise and you can add mileage by continuing past the trip description. About half of it burned fairly recently and so you can watch the effect of a large fire on the vegetation.



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