Dripping Springs Trail

Area Status: Open

Dripping Springs Trail

Trail Views

Elevation Change



13.2 miles when using connecting trails

Pets Allowed



Adventure Pass Fee Required

Hike/Ride Time

Full day


Moderate - Difficult

Best Seasons

Fall, Spring


Located 11 miles off Hwy 79 in Temecula

Ranger District

Palomar Ranger District - (760) 788-6130

Located in the heart of the Agua Tibia Wilderness, Dripping Spring trail offers great exercise with an elevation gain of almost 3000, scenic ridge line and mountain views, on a well maintained trail that traverses Temecula County where row of wineries and Vail lake can be seen in great clarity. Those looking for overnight camping accommodations after a long day on the trail can cozy up under the stars at the Dripping Springs Campground.

Dripping springs offers little to no shade coverage and is not recommended for the summer months, when temperatures can often hit triple digits. Fall and Spring boast colorful foliage and lovely wildflowers (after the rain) and are considered the best times of the year. Much of the area receives light use, which provides a pleasant and tranquil outdoor experience.

At a Glance

Fees: $5/vehicle/day
Permit Info: A visitor pass is required for overnight stays in the backcountry.
Restrictions: Campfires are not permitted at any time
Closest Towns: Temecula, CA
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

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 Trailhead parking lot. 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.


Day Hiking

Horse Riding

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  Area/Length : 
6.8 miles

  Elevation : 
1600 - 4400