Eagle Rock - Peak 72 - A pleasant stroll through the grasslands
Total Mileage: ~6.5
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We had the place to ourselves for an hour and decided to head back.
Now back into the shade of the oaks, it started to get chilly, but it still was beautiful. It’s a special place.