Summary: The hike begins as a cool, shaded hike along the San Ysidro creek for over 1 mile. This riparian land draws a lot of wildlife. Wild Turkey, Mule Deer, and even a friendly rattlesnake were present. After a short while the trail opens up onto a broad, gently rolling plain. Lake Henshaw is in view off in the distance. Eagle Rock is approached from behind. There's a sign directing you to take the trail around the front side of the formation to view the "Eagle". This is a great rest/lunch spot. Returning back along the shaded creek is a refreshing way to end this wonderful, easy hike.
Trailhead: Follow highway 79 to Warner Springs. Approx. 1 mile South of town is a Fire Station. Parking is available along the road at the PCT markers, or on the side of the Fire Station in a fenced, shaded dirt parking area. (Lat:33.2729 Lon:-116.5453)
Trail Guides for PCT from Warner Springs to Eagle Rock:
by Yogi (Jackie McDonnell)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Horses,
Ranger Contact: US Forest Service
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Joe Cross, who has posted 56 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by David L. on 1/4/2015
Great hike with a little bit of everything - shaded canyons, mountain views, wide meadows and Eagle Rock. A wonderful place to get away from it all. I measured the distance at 3.3 miles each way with a total elevation gain of about 700 feet. Check out my trip report here.
Reviewed by JPK on 2/1/2013
Love this hike! Yes, at the end you can clearly see that the area can be accessed be road, but that doesn't matter. I highly recommend doing this hike at sunrise/sunset! Here's a blog post I wrote about a recent trip: http://bluescapemedia.blogspot.com/2013/01/if-you-live-near-san-diego-county-you.html
Reviewed by JD on 2/10/2012
Loved this hike! Did this today with my 4 year old. I would have to agree its at lease 3 miles ONE way. We will go back again!
Reviewed by KSS on 7/10/2011
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Reviewed by BJS on 8/30/2010
Trail head is just SOUTH of the CAL Fire building and you want to take the trail EAST. Parking is just NORTH of CAL Fire building right off the 79 (small enclosed 30 by 30 chain link fence area with weird entrance, don't use the school's parking lot or they might tow you. Took my 7, 4 and 1 (carried in backpack) year olds about 1.5 miles on the trail. Perfect hike for those ages.
Reviewed by Frecky on 5/9/2009
Great hike. Lots of wildlife. Nice creek to walk next to for the first mile or so. The flys were a little bothersome. ITS NOT 3 MILES ROUND TRIP THOUGH. It might be 3 miles one way but closer to 3.5 one way. Took us 3.5 hours to complete the round trip with only about three 5 minute breaks! DL&LS
Reviewed by Bill on 1/24/2009
3.2 miles each way is correct, we were up there today
Reviewed by MSM on 11/18/2008
We hiked this trail on 16Nov08. I used a GPS tracking device and I believe that the distance shown in the trail description is incorrect. The hike is 7.2 miles (out and back). It's a nice hike, but it is not a 3 mile hike.
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