The Grapevine Trail is located in the southern San Rafael Wilderness and connects the Santa Cruz Trail to the Buckhorn Road at Bluff Cabin. There are a few stories as to how the Grapevine Trail got its name. One legend states that it was named after a grapevine plant which once grew at the Murietta Spring along the trail. Another story says it got its name based on how the trail meanders and rolls from drainage to drainage, sort of like a grapevine clings to support, dangles and clings to support.
The Grapevine Trail is commonly used as part of a 3-4 day loop involving the Santa Cruz Trail and Poplar Trail (upper Indian Creek) but can also be linked into loops coming down from Mission Pine and Big Pine Mountain. The highlight of the trail are the tremendous views of West Big Pine which towers along the northern horizon of the trail. There is reliable water in Grapevine Creek.
Grapevine Trail Condition
The Grapevine Trail is in relatively great shape at the moment. The trail was worked in 2011 and 2012 as part of an extended LPFA working vacation trail project. It has also seen some CCC activity and a few tree clearing projects over the past few years. While the trail is not frequently backpacked, due to its close proximity to Bluff Cabin it does see a good amount of Volunteer Wilderness Ranger projects.