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Indian Creek Trail - Descanso

Contact Info
Cleveland National Forest
3348 Alpine Boulevard
Alpine, CA 91901

Phone:
619-445-6235
Basics
Length:
4 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate,
Difficult
Time:
2 - 3 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
4600 feet
Elevation Range:
4600 feet to 5425 feet
Elevation Change:
825 feet
Season:
Year Round

Description

The trail traverses areas of Jeffrey Pine, Black Oak, Coast Live Oak and extensive stands of mixed chaparral. The trail connects to the Pine Mountain Trail and to the East Mesa Trail at the boundary of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

The Trail is not Passable to pack and saddle stock beyond the Pine Mountain Trail junction (until the East Mesa Trail is reached).

Details

Length:
4 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Difficult
Time:
2 - 3 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
4600
Elevation Range:
4600 feet to 5425
Elevation Change:
825
Season:
Year Round

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

To reach the upper end, take Sunrise Highway from I-8 (near Pine Valley) and drive north 13.5 miles to just past the second cattle guard on the highway. Park on either side of the highway in the paved turnout. Access to the Indian Creek trail is via the Noble Canyon trail (which departs the western turnout and is marked by a small sign.) Follow the Noble Canyon trail about 2 miles to reach the Indian Creek trail junction.


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