• Sun, November 24, 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Santa Rosa San Jacinto National Monument
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Horsethief Creek via Cactus Springs 

  • Distance: 5 miles
  • Elevation gain: 1200'
  • Trailhead elevation: 4045'
  • Difficulty Rating: Moderate - Advanced*
  • Hike is downhill in and uphill out. Of the1200 feet, 300 feet is gained going in, and 865 feet on the way back.
  • Hiking time: 3 hour
  • Meet 900 AM at Art Smith trailhead on Hwy. 74 across from the Santa Rosa San Jacintio National Monument Visitor Center. Map Click Here. Located on the right side of Hwy. 74 headed up the mountain.
  • Description: Set in the transitional zone between the Santa Rosa Mountains and the Coachella Valley, this hike provides a huge variety of scenery, including geology, canyons, creeks and desert flora. Adding to the appeal is the area’s historical interest; Horsethief Creek takes its name from the legend of gangsters that supposedly used the canyon as a hideout.
* Hiking Requirements - you will need to be in good physical condition for this hike.  Click here for more information.

Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (2 to 3 liters recommended), lunch and trail snacks. Sun protection and layered clothing are recommended. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required. Hiking poles may be helpful.

Contact hike leader:  Scott Connelly: Email 

Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing and carpooling. Departure is at 9:00 am AM. Distance to Cactus Spring trailhead  is 12 miles.

Trail Profile:

Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels

More trail information: USFS click here.

Plant guide:  Cick here.

 Health Problems/allergies:  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader if you wish.

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