Dripping Springs Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Dripping Springs Trailhead

Trail Views



10 - 30 miles depending on trail connections

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


With 4 connecting trail options, including Dripping Springs, Wildhorse, Palomar Magee, and Cutca, great views of the "Big Four" peaks to the north (Santiago Peak, Mt. Baldy, San Gorgonio, and San Jacinto) as well as wide ranging views of Vail lake, Temecula Valley and open countryside, Dripping Springs provides many great options for the recreational day user. Those looking for overnight camping accomodations after a long day on the trails can cozy up under the stars at the Dripping Springs Campground.

Since these trails typically offer little shade, it is not recommended for the summer months, as temperatures typically hit triple digits. Fall and Spring bring 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 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 https://www.recreation.gov/.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Temecula, CA
Water: No
Restroom: No
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.

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