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Eagle Rock - Peak 72 - A pleasant stroll through the grasslands

Eagle Rock - Peak 72 - A pleasant stroll through the grasslands

Eagle Rock
Elevation: 
3,520′
Total Mileage: ~6.5
Trailhead Map
Agency: Vista Irrigation District

On a warm day in early fall, Soph and I headed out to Warner Springs to hike to Eagle Rock. We had our usual conversations, looking out the windows at the usual landmarks through Ramona, the camel dairy, a piece of land I’ve been looking at for over a decade, the goat farm, the paint, the hop farm, the Julian Pie Company in Santa Ysabel.

We passed Lake Henshaw and parked across from the Warner Springs Fire Station. It was a warm day, and the shady oaks were a great start to the trail.

The trail through the oaks

The trail through the oaks

Like we always do, we chat about everything. There were butterflies all around and the wild cucumbers were growing along the trail. We wondered what the area would look like if the creek was really flowing.

The first peek into the grasslands

The first peek into the grasslands

Now and again, the trail would open up to grassy hillsides. We chatted about what it would be like to hike the PCT, which we were on at the moment. We wondered how many pairs of feet and eyes have seen this part of the county.

Gateway to the grasslands

Gateway to the grasslands

Before long, we were in the open grasslands. The breeze carried the promise of cooler evenings, but today still held on to the warmth of summer. We rested under the shade of the final tree before the open rolling hills.

Open grasslands on the way to Eagle Rock

Open grasslands on the way to Eagle Rock

There’s something nice about opening to wide open spaces. It’s like your mood stretches out and breathes in extra air. The rolling trail curved around and we could see Eagle Rock in the distance.

Eagle Rock in the distance

Eagle Rock in the distance

We made to Eagle Rock and, even though we had seen many pictures of it, were amazed at how much it look like an eagle. We sat in its shade for a nice lunch and climbed all over the rocks. We could see the Palomar Massif in the distance, as well as Lake Henshaw.

Eagle Rock is aptly named

Eagle Rock is aptly named

We had the place to ourselves for an hour and decided to head back.

The grasslands near Eagle Rock with Lake Henshaw in the background

The grasslands near Eagle Rock with Lake Henshaw in the background

On the way back to the car

On the way back to the car

Now back into the shade of the oaks, it started to get chilly, but it still was beautiful. It’s a special place.

Back into the shady oaks

Back into the shady oaks

Eagle Rock Trail Map

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