Dagget Creek Path

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3.5/5 (17 reviews)
Menifee, California (Riverside County)
Last Updated: 09/15/2018
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Dagget Creek Path is a diamond in the rough. It offers fantastic 360 degree views from the 2,256 foot hill top; Santiago Peak to the west, Mount Baldy, Big Bear, Mount San Gorgonio to the north and Idyllwild, Mount San Jacinto to the east. This trail is only 1 mile west of Menifee, 1 mile south of Perris and 1 mile east of Quail Valley. It is a perfect 4x4 off-road trail to try out that new addition to your rig or if you just don't have the time to run up to the previously mentioned locations.

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3.5/5 (17)
Rated 2/5
Visited: 11/23/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Actual trail wasn’t bad, but there was so much trash it made the entire experience unenjoyable. Had to turn back because there was simply too much junk in the way
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Visited: 04/07/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Quick, easy run. Took about 20 mins start to finish. However, if you don’t have much experience with off camber v-notching, uphill, downhill, and with loose rocks, I suggest going with a buddy. If you’re a rock crawler like myself and know how to straddle and flex out a bit, you’ll find it as easy and quick as I did. I was disappointed to find a ton of garbage at the end, like early reviews mention. I’d hoped that problem had been solved, especially with the forestry coming down hard lately. But of course, it’s all at the easier end of the trail, so likely a bunch of riff raffs who don’t give a crap about our land. Didn’t get any pictures of the trail except the trash. Sorry about that. Might run it again tomorrow evening and will snag a few. I didn’t air down, was too hot and too short of a trail. But I did throw it in 4 high to make it a bit more comfortable. Though most could be run in 2wd given as I stated above, you are comfortable picking lines and holding the throttle on the uphill.
Trail Review: Dagget Creek Path - Alysabeth Miller
Trail Review: Dagget Creek Path - Alysabeth Miller
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Rated 3/5
Visited: 09/04/2021

My Son-in Law and I did this trail today in my Ford Ranger and Jeep JL (he drove the Ranger). Super fun little trail, being only an hour from the OC it was the closest we could find since the National Forests are closed. He had to use the rear locker on the Ranger on two or three of the very rutted uphill spots, he could have probably made it without with a little more speed but why risk damage to "dad's" truck. The 3-3 Moderate rating seems accurate. As noted below, the beginning and end of the trail are littered with a lot of trash, small and large including boats and furniture, it is sickening, so much so that we almost skipped it. I am glad we didn't but that is why I'm only giving it 3 stars.
Trail Review: Dagget Creek Path - Jon Houchin
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/19/2021

2wd (locked and re-geared) 2006 Sequoia. We made it with some careful line deliberation at two spots. Great short trail (shame that people dump so much trash here, though) with amazing panoramas at the top. Highly recommended, though would not be back without a 4wd. Wet conditions would make this impassable without it. Next time we will bring the 4wd. Great weather right now with morning cloud cover. Views were far and open at the top spur and this is a great spot to pitch that awning and have a lunch.
Trail Review: Dagget Creek Path - Trenton Moore
Trail Review: Dagget Creek Path - Trenton Moore
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 07/18/2020

Not too far from my home so I thought I'd take my ZR2 up there. Was a nice drive, minimal trash, no problem for the Chevy. Lived in Quail Valley in the late 80's, all the trails back then were open, was always fun to drive to the backside of Canyon Lake. Most if not all of these trails are now closed off however this one is still open. Shame all the other trails around there are closed off these days. Was a lot of fun back in the day.
Trail Review: Dagget Creek Path - Eric Wenglein
Trail Review: Dagget Creek Path - Eric Wenglein
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