9S04 - Puerta la Cruz

Aguanga, California (SanDiego County)

Last Updated: 08/01/2018
4 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Highlight: 9S04 - Puerta la Cruz
9S04 - Puerta la Cruz is one of the six or so trails branching off Highway 79 in the beautiful Aguanga and Warner Springs valleys. The trail shares its length equally with the BLM and the Cleveland National Forest and is ideal for the new 4x4 off-roader. Depending on your location you can see the cattle grazing on the grasslands below, to the Palomar mountains, Lake Henshaw, and the San Jacinto Mountains. You can spend a day or a week wheelin the trails where you can enjoy a picnic or some overnight time in a dispersed or organized campsite.

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead is at Waypoint 8 of 9S05 Indian Flats. The trail is marked with 9S04, but there is no signage to indicate the locked gate to the south.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Temecula or Warner Springs

The trail splits off 9S05 - Indian Flats at Waypoint 8. The north trailhead for Indian Flats provides quicker access so if you wish to come in that way from Temecula, travel 23.3 miles to Chihuahua Valley Road, turn left/north for 4.5 miles to the trailhead on your right. The trailhead for 9S04 - Puerta la Cruz is on your right in one mile.

Camping

Dispersed

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Writer Information

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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