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Pacific Crest Trail - Barrel Springs Section

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

Phone:
760-788-0250
Basics
Length:
9.9 miles
Difficulty:
Easy,
Intermediate
Time:
6 - 7 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
2250 feet
Elevation Range:
2250 feet to 5600 feet
Elevation Change:
3350 feet
Season:
Year Round

Description

This section of the PCT extends from Barrel Springs (on the Montezuma Valley Road - S22) north through chaparral and open range land. The trail crosses San Ysidro Creek (seasonal flow) and eventually reaches some oak woodland near Cañada Verde Creek. The trail continues north through Warner Springs Ranch crossing Highway 79 south of Warner Springs and ending at a second crossing of Hwy 79 west of Warner Springs

Details

Length:
9.9 miles
Difficulty:
Easy
Intermediate
Time:
6 - 7 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
2250
Elevation Range:
2250 feet to 5600
Elevation Change:
3350
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 Indian Flats Road (9S05)(about 1.5 mile 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.

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. 16 miles to Indian Flats Road (9S05)(about 1.5 mile west of Warner Springs). Follow previous instructions to reach the "trailhead" area.


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