9S05 - Indian Flats

Aguanga, California (SanDiego County)

Last Updated: 07/08/2019
4.8 / 5 ( 5 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 11.12 miles
Highest Elevation: 4374 feet
Duration: About 45 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Aguanga
Nearest Town w/ Services: Temecula
Official Road Name: 9S05 Indian Flats
Management Agency: Cleveland National Forest
District: Palomar Ranger District


Highlight: 9S05 - Indian Flats
When looking for an amazing camping spot, look no further then 9S05 - Indian Flats, in the Cleveland National Forest. One of the many features of this trail is the oak tree shaded surroundings making for one of the ultimate California off-road camping excursions. Indian Flats Campground is at the half-way point of this 11.1-mile trail. As you approach the site the views are spectacular into the Warner Springs Valley, Lake Henshaw, and the Palomar Mountains. Indian Flats Campground is shadowed by Hot Springs Mountain, the high point in San Diego County at 6,533 feet.


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1. South Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead is at the east end of the sailplane airport on the north side of Highway 79

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Temecula or Warner Springs

From Temecula and the 15 Freeway, go east on Temecula Parkway, which is Highway 79 South, 35.8 miles to Lost Creek Road on your left, which is the trailhead. From Warner Springs go west on Highway 79, 1.7 miles to Lost Creek Road on your right, which is the trailhead.



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Dennis Clark

Mapping Crew - California and Idaho

Dennis Clark was born in Los Angeles in 1942 and after 76 years of living in So Cal he moved to Emmett, Idaho with his wife Patricia, has four adult children with many grand and great grandchildren. He has loved the outdoors since his Cub Scout and Boy Scout days while camping with the family. He's an archer, hunter and fisherman but no longer wishes to harm animals. He has been involved with photography since the 1960's. He became more of a serious hiker in 2010 when he started Geocaching and has hiked the three tallest peaks in So Cal, Mt San Jacinto, Mt San Gorgonio and Mt Baldy, along with most of the lesser peaks in search of caches. Geocaching started his love for the USFS Trail system as he used the trails frequently to get to certain trailheads. He had a 2002 Ford Ranger 2wd and its amazing where that little pickup took him. In 5 years of weekly geocaching he was only stuck once in some Palm Springs sand. His 2016 Wrangler Sport Unlimited was purchased in 2015. He has become quite lazy in the hiking department as he can now drive to most locations. He's looking forward to posting some trails and don't hesitate to ask him for any help you might need.
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