I love this hike. Who doesn’t like hiking along a meandering creek covered by old oak trees to then emerge into a desert plain where there is a giant boulder shaped like an eagle?!
There are two ways to get to Eagle Rock. The one I highly recommend is to park across the street from the Warner Springs Fire Station on SR 79. The trailhead is next to the fire station on the right. Parking is free. No Adventure Pass or hiking permits are needed to park/hike here.
Walk across the street and go through the cattle gate to start your hike. This trail is around 6.5 miles out and back. The trail gradually climbs on a large dirt path through old oaks and chaparral. The Canada Verde Creek runs along to your left to accompany you most of the way. You will then hike through some desert terrain to emerge onto a wide open grassy plain. Follow the trail until you get to the big boulder formation out in the middle of nowhere. Now it’s time to take pictures, have a snack, and then head on back the way you came.
This trail is easy to moderate. Dog (on leash) and kid friendly. There are no facilities here, so plan accordingly. It can be windy out on the plain, so check the weather before you go and dress in layers. It is located about 1 1/2 hours east of N San Diego County.
This trail runs along the Pacific Crest Trail, so during peak Thru Hiker season (March-May) you will encounter many hikers making their way from Mexico to Canada!
I recommend hiking this trail Fall-Spring as it can be very hot during the summer.