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Hot Springs Mountain


Location: San Diego County, about 4 miles northeast of Warner Springs, 140 miles from Los Angeles


Auto ClubRiverside County, San Diego County
Forest ServiceCleveland National Forest
USGS TopoHot Springs Mtn 7½
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Printable version of this route


This was the drive-up route, and has been withdrawn due to the closure of the Indian Reservation road to vehicles.

Printable version of this route


(Entrance Fee required)
Distance: 10 miles round trip
Gain: 2500'
Time: 5-6 hours
Rating: Easy

Original: George Christiansen, December 2016 (revised May 2022)


    • Take I-15 south to Temecula.
    • Go east on SR 79 about 37 miles past Aguanga to Warner Springs.
    • From the service station in Warner Springs, drive 0.3 mile south on SR 79 to Camino San Ignacio Road on the left (east), with sign "Los Coyotes Reservation". Turn left on this paved road. Note your odometer and go as follows.
    • At 0.6 mile, fork. Go right.
    • At 5.0 miles, stop at the Ranger Station with a stop sign. The Los Coyotes charge an entrance fee to enter their land ($10 day use fee per person in 2022).
    • Continue on Camino San Ignacio for 2.7 miles.
    • GATE HOURS 6:00AM - 6:00PM - Monday trhough Sunday (If you arrive early, you will end up waiting for entry.) Current as of May 2022.


  • From the parking area, walk up Sukat Road past the chained and marked access to the road. Stay on the main road and you will connect with Hot Springs Mountian Road (no longer available for driving) near the summit.
  • At the summit area is a large parking area. Walk northeast on a faint trail 1/8 mile to the summit block, which has a large rock topped by a concrete platform. Easiest access is from the back side of the summit block, which involves scrambling up the rock, but avoids an unsteady ladder and nylon webbing that may be present on the front.
  • The register is just west of this rock. Please do not move the register to the obvious indentation in the concrete platform: rains fill the indentationa nd ruin the register.


Detailed information available at

The summit is within the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation. There is a fee to enter the reservation.

Reservations for hiking or camping can be made online at, or paid at the Ranger Station on site.

Please be respectful of the area and rules of entry. The area has been closed to entry in the past, apparently due to issues with visitors.

For further information and status contact:

Los Coyotes Band of Indians
PO Box 189
Warner Springs, CA 92086
Phone (760) 782-0711


The peak is the highest point in San Diego County.

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