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  • Warner Springs, California

    Warner Springs, California, is a top destination for outdoor adventures with some of the best trails and outdoor activities. The Pacific Crest Trail is a must-visit, offering a scenic hike with views of the San Felipe Valley and the Anza-Borrego Desert. This challenging trail is known for its diverse landscape, including unique rock formations and a variety of flora and fauna. For a more relaxed outdoor activity, head to Lake Henshaw, where you can enjoy fishing and bird-watching. In close proximity to Warner Springs, the Palomar Mountain State Park offers a range of hiking trails through coniferous forests, with panoramic views of the Pacific. These are just a few examples of the outdoor attractions in and near Warner Springs.

    Top Spots in and near Warner Springs

    • Warner Springs, California

      Eagle Rock via the Pacific Crest Trail

      5.0
      6.2 mi / 807 ft gain
      With doing more hikes in the SoCal area, I've realized half the battle is just trying to find the damn trailhead.Technically you have 2 ways to enter this trail ... Start from 79 and add a very enjoyable extra 3ish miles, or start from the Warner Springs Fire Station, for a total 7 mile hike.We c...
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    • Palomar Mountain, California

      Hike to Palomar Observatory from the Palomar Observatory Campground

      5.0
      4.4 mi / 718 ft gain
      Situated in the Palomar Mountains of Cleveland National Forest, Palomar Observatory Campground offers many amenities for enjoyable camping and exploring the area.  A portion of the campsites loop has been cleared of trees with level cement pads to allow campers to set up their own telescopes.  Dr...
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    • Palomar Mountain, California

      Hike Thunder Spring and Chimney Flat Loop

      3.0
      4 mi / 900 ft gain
      Palomar Mountain is the hidden gem of San Diego. Well, not so hidden per se- but most don't know that the little climb up the mountain can transport you from the prevalent brush-filled terrain of SD to a lush, diverse forest.The great thing about Palomar is that every day you visit could be compl...
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    • Palomar Mountain, California

      Hike to French Valley

      5.0
      3.8 mi / 450 ft gain
      When it comes to Palomar Mountain State Park, most people stick to Doane Lake and Upper Doane Valley. Yet on the far right of the parking lot at Doane Pond, there is actually a trailhead that will guide you to a completely different section of the park. The Lower Doane Valley trail is, in my opti...
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    • San Diego County, California

      Hike Sheep Canyon

      5.0
      3 mi / 1000 ft gain
      Sheep Canyon is probably the most remote palm canyon in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in California. While Palm Canyon is easily accessed from the State Park campground, Sheep Canyon is on a dirt road that requires stream crossings and potentially a high-clearance 4WD vehicle.  The canyon is nam...
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    • Santa Ysabel, California

      Hiking in Santa Ysabel

      3.0
      Starting at the trailhead on Hwy 79, enter through the gate and make sure to close it behind you - the preserve is open range area for herds of cows, make sure not to disturb them when hiking. From the gate you'll see the sign with a detailed map of trails that are available for hiking. The trail...
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    • Ramona, California

      Explore the Sutherland Dam

      2.0
      1 mi
      Once your on Sutherland Dam Rd, follow it until your right next to the dam. Park on the side of the road where you see a small turn-out. Walk down to the side of the dam and drop down onto the concrete flooring of the dam. Walk on-top where allowed, and check out the views of the lake and the mo...
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    • Temecula, California

      Dripping Springs Trail

      4.0
      13.68 mi / 3287 ft gain
      The trail immediately begins to climb out of the campground on a well-graded incline. The next mile contains some climbing leading to a set of switchbacks. A long strenuous climb ensues until the 3200' elevation is reached. The trail then makes an easy southward traverse to the basin before resum...
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    • Julian, California

      Volcan Mountain Trail

      4.82 mi / 1270 ft gain
      Volcan Mountain Trail located near Julian, California is a moderate day hike. This well-maintained trail offers beautiful views, but keep in mind there isn't too much sun protection, so be sure to pack plenty of water and coverage on sunnier days.  Dogs are permitted on the trail on a leash. 
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    • Aguanga, California

      Vail Lake Loop

      4.0
      7.25 mi / 922 ft gain
      Vail Lake Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Temecula, California.
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    • Borrego Springs, California

      Hike through Borrego Palm Canyon

      5.0
      3.25 mi / 450 ft gain
      Borrego Palm Canyon Trail is located just north of the park visitor center, making it a convenient place to begin your exploration of the Anza-Borrego Desert. To reach the trailhead, drive through Borrego Palm Canyon Campground, the largest developed campground in the park, where an $8 day use fe...
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    • Borrego Springs, California

      Camping in Anza-Borrego State Park

      5.0
      With over 600,000 acres, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in the contiguous United States. 500 miles of dirt roads, 12 wilderness areas and miles of hiking trails provide visitors with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the wonders of the Colorado Desert. The park i...
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    • Borrego Springs, California

      Hike the Panorama Overlook in Anza Borrego Desert State Park

      1.6 mi / 636 ft gain
      This is an out and back 1.6 mile round trip with 636 feet of elevation gain. The top has excellent views of Anza Borrego. It is close to the visitor center.
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    • Borrego Springs, California

      Hike to Maidenhair Falls via Hellhole Canyon in Anza Borrego Desert State Park

      5.1 mi / 974 ft gain
      This 5.1 mile hike begins near the visitor center of Anza Borrego Desert State Park and gains 974 feet of elevation while climbing up a canyon to a small waterfall. It is an interesting hike as you can see the plant life change as you get closer to the waterfall. There are parts where the trail g...
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    • Borrego Springs, California

      Anza Borrego Metal Sculptures

      4.6
      Here's a map I made that marks where most of the sculptures are (here). First, you enter the park and drive through the little city of Borrego Springs. There will be a roundabout you can't miss, so you know you're on the right path. There is nowhere to park to get to the sculptures specifically,...
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    • Mountain Center, California

      Cactus Spring Trail

      31.73 mi / 6407 ft gain
      Cactus Spring Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Mountain Center, California.
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    Camping and Lodging in Warner Springs

    Oak Grove Campground
    Warner Springs, California

    Oak Grove Campground

    Fry Creek Campground
    Palomar Mountain, California

    Fry Creek Campground

    Observatory Campground
    Palomar Mountain, California

    Observatory Campground

    Dripping Springs Campground (Ca)
    Temecula, California

    Dripping Springs Campground (Ca)

    Temecula KOA at Vail Lake
    Aguanga, California

    Temecula KOA at Vail Lake

    Ribbonwood Equestrian Cg
    Mountain Center, California

    Ribbonwood Equestrian Cg

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