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Pacific Crest Trail - Agua Caliente Section

Contact Info
Cleveland National Forest
1634 Black Canyon Road
Ramona, CA 92065

Phone:
760-788-0250
Basics
Length:
9 miles
Difficulty:
Easy,
Intermediate
Time:
4 - 5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
2840 feet
Elevation Range:
2840 feet to 4080 feet
Elevation Change:
1240 feet
Season:
Year Round

Description

This section of the PCT extends from Highway 79 northward through oak woodlands. The trail crosses private land and past a private campground before crossing Agua Caliente Creek (seasonal flow) several times. It then contours up along the Creek before climbing east above a tributary drainage and into chaparral. Turning northward, the trail enters oak bottomlands again and begins a series of crossings of Agua Caliente Creek. At about the 4 mile point, the trail begins to climb northwest out of the creek. This segment ends as the trail traverses about 20 vertical feet above and parallel to the Indian Flats road. Watch for poison oak in the bottomlands.

Details

Length:
9 miles
Difficulty:
Easy
Intermediate
Time:
4 - 5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
2840
Elevation Range:
2840 feet to 4080
Elevation Change:
1240
Season:
Year Round

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

From the Los Angeles Basin, drive south on I-15 to Highway 79 South (Temecula). Follow Hwy 79 approx. 38 miles southeast to Agua Caliente Creek (about 1 mile west of Warner Springs). The unmarked trailhead parking is on the right along the road just west of the Agua Caliente Creek bridge.

From San Diego, follow I-8 east to Highway 67. Follow Hwy 67 north to Ramona. Follow Highway 78 east to Santa Ysabel and the junction with Highway 79. Follow Hwy 79 north approx. 15 miles to Agua Caliente Creek (about 1 mile west of Warner Springs). The unmarked trailhead parking is on the left along the road just west of the Agua Caliente Creek bridge. The Trail crossing at Highway 79 is not currently marked--carefully follow the highway east across the bridge to the crossing. The northern end of this segment is reached via the Indian Flats Road (9S05). This road is accessed from Highway 79 about 1.5 miles west of Warner Springs. Drive north approx. 4 miles on this narrow, partially surfaced, partially dirt road along the top of a ridge. As the road turns west it will begin to contour to the south and west of a steep hillside. Within the next .25 mile watch for an opportunity to park along the right side of the road. The PCT is reached via a short scramble up the hill as it contours parallel to the road.


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