Agua Tibia

Peak Name: Agua Tibia
Distance: 16.1 miles
Date: April 28, 2019
Summit: 4,762 feet

Today’s summit was Agua Tibia, a 4,762-foot peak near the San Diego- Riverside county line. Our planned peak, Squaretop, could not be attempted due to a music festival on Los Coyotes Indian Reservation.


The trail starts in the Dripping Springs campground and begins its climb upward. The weather was pleasant and the smell of flowers filled the air. The trail weaved it’s way upward. At times switching back and forward to gain elevation. To our north, the snow-capped mountains framed our views.

About 4 miles in, Ted and I found a nice spot for a break. The route is not too hard, mostly just long…


On the way up we encountered two trail runners. One told us the Wild Horse trail had some downed trees. But we were not doing this peak as a loop. Soon we found ourselves about 8 miles in and looking for the use trail to the summit. This was the only portion that had some challenges, as we bushwhacked our way forward. The Palomar-Magee section used to require you to pass through hunched over. Thankfully, this section has now been cleared.


We found the register can and the primary benchmark and one reference marker. I signed us in and took another break. 

Then we put our packs back on and grabbed our poles and began heading back down the mountain. The miles passed quickly, spotting a snake basking in the sun. Since this little fella was just a garter snake, we stepped over it.


We found ourselves back at the same logs for another break. That is one thing that this trail lacks is spots for a break. About a half mile later, we found a family resting on the trail. They looked woefully under-prepared for the hike they are on. Thankfully, they did turn around. As we continued down, we encountered a few more hikers. I doubt they were planning to summit the peak.

Near the base of the trail, someone was doing some maintenance. We thanked him for his efforts. Soon, we were passing the Agua Tibia Wilderness Sign and the end of our hike. We cover just over 16 miles, climbing over 3,400 feet of elevation to the summit at 4,762. This hike took just under 8 hours and was a great hike for my 95th peak on my 100 Peak Challenge!

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