Pine Creek Trailhead

Area Status: Open
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Pine Creek Trailhead

Trail Views



13.8 miles one way

Pets Allowed



Adventure Pass Required

Hike/Ride Time

1 to 2 days


Moderate - Strenuous

Best Seasons

Fall, Spring, Winter


Off Old Highway 80 just outside Pine Valley, CA. See map below

Ranger District

Descanso Ranger District - (619) 445-6235

This trailhead has a large parking lot to accommodate equestrian trailers and overnight enthusiasts. This trailhead connects to the Secret Canyon Trail which leads visitors into the Pine Creek Wilderness and great back-country areas. The trail follows Pine Valley Creek which provides for canyon views and at several locations there are pools where visitors often stop to cool off and relax. Secret Canyon Trail is 13.8 miles long one way and ends at Horsethief Trailhead. Many hikers choose backcountry camping as an option for this trail, making it a 2-day venture. Remote camping is available by permit only.

For a list of more trails to explore in your area, please see our Recreation Trail Guide

At a Glance

Fees Adventure Pass Required: To purchase a pass for this location visit a Cleveland National Forest office, find a local Adventure Pass vendor or purchase online at
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Pine Valley, CA
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service

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