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Palomar-Magee Trail

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

Phone:
760-788-0250
Basics
Length:
2.8 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
3.5 - 4.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
1600 feet
Elevation Range:
1600 feet to 4400 feet
Elevation Change:
2800 feet

Description

The trail begins on the NW ridge of Aqua Tibia Mountain at the junction with the Dripping Springs Trail and occurs in a nice oak grove - suitable for camping. (A visitor pass is required for overnight stays in the backcountry. Campfires are not permitted at any time). There is no water source along this trail.

The trail meanders generally southeastward passing west and south of the summit of Agua Tibia Mountain. The grade is mostly easy, but a lot of down timber and brush makes passage extremely difficult. The rewards are incredible views of the Pacific Ocean to south and west and of Palomar Mountain to the southeast. The trail ends at its junction with the Cutca and Wildhorse trails in Crosley Saddle.

Details

Length:
2.8 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
3.5 - 4.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
1600
Elevation Range:
1600 feet to 4400
Elevation Change:
2800

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

From the LA Basin take I-15 south to Highway 79 near Temecula. Take Hwy 79 south 11 miles to Dripping Springs. Turn right and park in the trailhead parking lot. (Vehicles must display a Forest Adventure Pass.) From San Diego take I-15 north to Highway 79. Follow previous instructions. The trail is reached by walking south from the parking lot .5 mile through Dripping Springs Campground.


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