Dripping Springs Trailhead

Near Temecula, California

Dripping Springs Trailhead does not offer reservations through Recreation.gov. Please take a look at the area details below for more information about visiting this location. Enjoy your visit!


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.