Friday, September 16, 2016

DRIPPING SPRINGS CAMPGROUND (Cleveland National Forest, SW Riverside County, CA)

So we (or rather, Gilbert) broke down last month and bought our dream RV, the Class B Winnebago ERA 170C from La Mesa RV in San Diego. Ever since, we've been researching cool camping spots for future camping excursions. Dripping Springs has always been on my radar because of its proximity to our neck of the woods (Temecula-Murrieta). In late August, we packed up the pooches and drove over to Dripping Springs Campground, just 11 miles east of Temecula off of Hwy. 79 to check it out. We drove through the camp loop and also talked to the camp hostess, who told us that spring was the best time to come, but definitely not June-July when the spring breakers, 4th of July partiers are out in force. Another draw for me is that the campground abuts the trailhead to the Agua Tibia Wilderness and the riparian habitat that is home to the endangered Arroyo Toad. How cool is that? Our plan is to camp out here in the Winnebago in Spring of 2017 and I'll post more thereafter.

Trip Note: lots of yellowjackets swarming around the water spigots when we were there. Probably a summer phenomenon, so that's why spring seems to be a better option. 


 Site #10

 Site #10 looks promising

 Site #8

 Site #19

 Site #22

 Site #22


County/State: Riverside, CA

Closest City/Town: Temecula

Management/Ownership: U.S. Forest Service, Cleveland National Forest

Directions: 11 miles east of Temecula off Hwy. 79

Road Conditions: Hwy. 79 is a 2-lane paved road. Camp loop is also paved. 

Trails: Trailhead to 20 mile hiking loop to Agua Tibia Wilderness Area is at the far end of the campground. Forest Adventure Pass required for day hiking. 

Dripping Springs Trail:

Amenities: Four vault toilets and potable water. Campsites have picnic tables and fire rings. No hookups, dump stations. 

Camping: $15.00 per night. 34 sites (9 equestrian, some tent only). 

Reservations: First come first served or you can reserve at: 

RVs: 27' maximum.

Pets: Permitted. 

Habitat: Coastal sage scrub, California sycamores, coast live oak.

Contact Info: 39755 Highway 79, Aguanga  CA  92536; Phone Number: (760)788-0250


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