Outing Summary
Car Camp

Trip# 15: Dripping Springs Trail and Vail Lake  Grade: H14EDate: 2/10/2024
Leader: Garrett EatonAssistant: John Plander
After driving to Dripping Springs Campground, we'll begin our out-and-back trek up Dripping Springs Trail, with vistas of the Temecula Valley and Vail Lake. The often shaded trail is in great condition, making a brisk pace easy to maintain. The return trip will showcase even better vistas! This is a strenuous outing, mainly due to mileage and elevation gain. It should take 7-8 hours. An optional short off-trail hike to summit Agua Tibia Mountain, which requires some bushwhacking, will be offered as an alternative to an hour-long relaxing lunch break. This adds 2 miles and 400' of elevation change.

After overnighting and enjoying a campfire at a pleasant campground with toilets and picnic tables, we will drive across the street to Vail Lake resort and hike a 5-mile loop with views of Vail Lake.
Dripping Springs Info: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/agua-tibia-mountain-via-dripping-springs-trail
Vail Lake Info: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/california/vail-lake-loop (we will hike a shorter version of this loop)

Special Outing Requirements: Fitness and endurance! Daypack, preferably with waist belt for support, trekking poles and headlamp are recommended. An Adventure Pass or National Parks Pass is required for some of the vehicles ($5 per day or annual pass) and $5 to leader for campground fees.

Water Requirements: 4 liters of water for Day 1. 2 liters for Day 2.

Outing Requirements:
Filtering Water (water available)
Bouldering/scrambling with BACKPACK
Bouldering/scrambling with DAYPACK
Rocky, rough, uneven terrain
Hiking through thick brush or bushes
4WD vehicle required
High clearance vehicle required
High or 4WD vehicle recommended
Adventure Pass required
Trekking poles recommended/required
Special clothing/gear rcmd./rqd.
GPS use/demo
Night navigation
Backpack loading demo
Gear use/discussion
Evening fire
 MilesGain (ft)Loss (ft)MilesGain (ft)Loss (ft)
Day Hike14300030005700700

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