PS - HIKE: Horsethief Creek - Cactus Springs

  • Wed, November 20, 2024
  • 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Santa Rosa San Jacinto National Monument
  • 6



Horsethief Creek via Cactus Springs 

  • Distance: 5 miles out & back
  • Elevation gain: 1200'
  • Trailhead elevation: 4045'
  • Difficulty Rating: Moderate/ Advanced
  • Hike is downhill in and uphill out. Of the 1200 feet, 300 feet is gained going in, and 865 feet on the way back.
  • Hiking time: 3 hours
  • Meet at 8:00AM at Denny's at 69050 CA-111, Cathedral City, CA 92234. Map
  • 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:  Kirk Olsen Email Click Here 

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 8:00 am AM. Distance to Cactus Spring trailhead  is 21 miles. Map Direction to trailhead

Trail Profile:

Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels

More trail information: USFS click here.

Plant guide:  Click here.

Health Problems/allergies:  Advise hike leader of any medical or other issues that may affect your ability to complete this hike.

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