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Outdoor Experience

Mountain Biking

Coyote Run

Closed until further notice. Beginning at the north end of Hurkey Creek County Park and ending at the waterfalls on Hurkey Creek, this easy and scenic ride is about two miles on a dirt road closed to motor vehicles. Parking is available at the day-use area within the Hurkey Creek Campground or outside the park.

Fobes Ranch Road and Spurs

This trail s located three miles south of Lake Hemet on Highway 74 in Garner Valley. The roads are easy to moderate and offer more than two miles of mountain bike riding.

May Valley Trail System

May Valley road is reopened after the fire. Some trails at the top and bottom of the road are also reopened.

The Hub Trail System

This winding trail system incorporates great views of Alvin Meadow and the Grotto. Trails climb from behind Idyllwild Arts up toward Pine Cove. Moderate to challenging.

Thomas Mountain and Ramona Trail

This challenging 17-mile loop is considered one of the best rides in the area. It begins one mile south of Lake Hemet on Highway 74, six miles north of the junction with Highway 371. The dirt road ascends from an elevation of 4,500 feet to more than 8,700 feet in 13 miles to Thomas Mountain Peak, offering far-reaching views of Anza and San Diego below.

24-hour Loop

Closed until futher notice. Starting and ending at Hurkey Creek County Park, this challenging ride starts with a tough climb up to Keen Summit, traverses through Johnson Meadow and features a fast and flowy descent through chaparral to complete the 11-mile loop. Hurkey Creek day use fees apply.

Cahuilla Mountain Trail

Moderately difficult, the 2.5 mile trail begins at Cahuilla Saddle, elevation 4480 ft., on Forest road 6S22 in Anza. It then proceeds up the northeast slope through thickets of chaparral, Live Oak, and Jeffrey pine. From the 5604 ft. summit are views of the area that Juan Bautista de Anza travelled though on his expedition in 1776. This trail passes through a Research Natural Area containing ecosystems used for research and study purposes

Palm Canyon Trail

This trail starts off of Hwy. 74, west of the Pinyon Flat Campground. It heads north, descending the length of Palm Canyon to Palm Springs. The distance from Hwy 74, north, to the Forest Service boundary is 9 miles. You will need written permission from the Agua Caliente Tribal Council to hike certain portions of Palm Canyon Trail that crosses tribal lands (call 619-325-5673)

Webster Trail

Beginning on Forest road 5S10 this 2.5 mile, strenuous trail descends west to the North Fork of the San Jacinto River. Jeffrey pines border the start of the Webster Trail which proceeds over a ridge, passes through chaparral, and terminates in streamside willows, offering excellent views of the San Jacinto and Hemet Valleys. Beginning elevation is 5400 ft. with an 1800 ft. elevation change.

Mountain Biking Regulations

The Forest Service has mountain biking regulations in the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa mountains to ensure the safety of riders and the protection of natural resources. Bicycles may be ridden on established roads and trails within the mountains; however, bikes are not allowed within the San Jacinto or Santa Rosa wilderness areas or along the Pacific Crest Trail.

The Forest Service also offers

Camping

Private CampGrounds

Lake Hemet Campground

Open year-round. 12 miles of shoreline. Camping, RVing, fishing, cafe, swimming and the new water play structure (open from Memorial Day to Labor Day). Perfect for families and guests looking for a fun outdoor experience.

Reservations: 951-659-2680

Thousand Trails Idyllwild

Cabins/Tents/RV Resort,

24400 Canyon Trail, Idyllwild, CA 92549

Directions: Idyllwild Highway 243 to Pine Cove. Turn right at Marion Ridge Drive. 1/2 mile to entrance

Reservations: 800-388-7788

 

Forest Service CampGrounds

 

Black Mountain Group Campground

Campground capacity, maximum of 100 persons and 25 vehicles. A site must be reserved for a minimum of 3 nights on major holidays. There are no refunds for inclement weather.

Fees: $60 to $120

Directions:16 miles north of Idyllwild Hwy 243

Reservations: 877-444-6777

 

Boulder Basin Campground

Campsites: Handful

Elevation: 6,500

Vegetation: Pines

Toilet: None

Water: None

Fee: $0

Amenities: Creek-side camping

Directions: Idyllwild 9 miles north on Hwy.243, right turn onto Forest Service Rd.#4S01

Reservations: 877-444-6777

 

Dark Canyon Campground

Campsites: 22

Elevation: 5,800

Vegetation: Pines

Toilet: None

Water: Piped

Fee: $10

Amenities: Creek-side camping

Directions: Hwy 243 6 miles north of Idyllwild, turn right onto Forest Service Rd.#4S02 & continue 3 miles down to the campground.

Reservations: 877-444-6777

 

Fern Basin Campground

Campsites: 22

Elevation: 6,300

Vegetation: Pines

Toilet: Vaulted

Water: Piped

Fee: $10

Amenities: Creek-side camping

Directions: Hwy 243 6 miles north of Idyllwild, turn right onto Forest Service Rd.#4S02 & continue 1 mile down to the campground.

Reservations: 877-444-6777

 

Marion Mountain

Campsites: 24

Elevation: 6,400

Vegetation: Pines

Toilet: Vaulted

Water: Piped

Fee: $10

Directions: Hwy 243 6 miles north of Idyllwild, turn right onto Forest Service Rd.#4S02 & continue 2 miles down to the campground.

Reservations: 877-444-6777

 

Thomas Mountain

Campsites: 6

Elevation: 6,800

Vegetation: Pines

Toilet: None

Water: None

Fee: $0

Directions: Hwy.74 east, past Lake Hemet, right turnonto Forest Service Rd.#6S13 for 4 miles & left on Forest Service Rd.#5S13 and go 3 miles to thecamping area.

Reservations: 877-444-6777

Hiking Trails

 

Suicide Rock Trail

Distance = 6.7 miles;

Elevation gain in feet =

Moderate

Forest Service Permit Required

Dogs Not Allowed

Hwy 243 to Suicide Rock

 

Devil's Slide to Saddle Junction

Distance = 4.9 miles ;

Elevation gain in feet =

Moderate

Forest Service Permit Required

Dogs & Horses Allowed

Humber Park to Saddle Junction

 

Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail

Distance = 4.6 miles

Elevation gain in feet =

Easy

Dogs on leash OK

Humber Park to Tahquitz View

 

San Jacinto Peak via Fuller

Distance = 15 miles;

Elevation gain in feet =

Strenuous

Forest Service or State Park

Black Mountain Road off Highway

Peak

 

Marion Mountain to San Jacinto

Distance = 11.2 miles;

Elevation gain in feet =

Strenuous

Forest Service or State Park

Marion Mountain to San Jacinto

 

Tahquitz Peak via Devils Slide

Distance = 8.3  miles;

Elevation gain in feet =

Strenuous

Forest Service Permit Required

Dogs: check with local Ranger

Humber Park to Tahquitz Peak

 

Tahquitz Peak Trail

Distance = 6.5  miles;

Elevation gain in feet =

Moderate

Forest Service Permit Required

Dogs allowed on leash

 

South Ridge Trail

Distance = 8.4 miles;

Elevation gain in feet =

Moderate

Forest Service Permit Required

Dogs on leash OK

 

Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail

One-way distance = 38 miles;

Elevation gain in feet =

Strenuous

Forest Service Permit Required

Dogs: check with local Ranger

Highway 74, 1 mile east

 Trail at Black Mountain

 

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

One-way distance = 1.7 miles;

Elevation gain in feet =

Easy

State Park Permit Required

Tramway Terminal to Round Valley

 

Seven Pines Trail

One-way distance = 4 miles;

Elevation gain in feet =

Moderate

Forest Service or State Park

Dark Canyon Road off Highway

 

Idyllwild Nature Center

Explore 4.5 miles of hiking

Enjoy a family picnic.

Stop in the museum and

culture, local & natural history,

25225 Highway 243 - (951)

 

Permits

There are no fees for

 people in a group.

you already have an overnight

 

Where to Get Permits

U.S. Forest Service 54270 Pine

 243), (909) 382-2921 (voice)

 

Mt. San Jacinto State Park

Idyllwild (951) 659-2607

For a complete list of

 

Rock Climbing

Tahquitz Rock (Lily Rock)

Named Lily Rock in 1898 by a USGS team, Tahquitz Rock nearly symbolizes the earliest history in technical rock climbing in the United States. This statuesque monolith of granite provided a breeding ground for modern free climbing beginning in the mid-30s and extending through the 70s with the introduction of specialized climbing boots. Tahquitz Rock is visited by climbers from all around southern California and frequented by foreigners as well. Routes range from traditional style 5.0 to 5.12c sport, with a bit of everything inbetween. Many multi-pitch routes as well as single, which in many cases have bolted anchors suitable for rappeling (single pitch routes only, please!).

Suicide Rock

Originally known as Suicide Peak in the mid 1940's, Suicide Rock was renamed because "investigation reports the feature is a rock outcrop not a peak." Standing above the quaint town of Idyllwild, just a mile across the valley from Tahquitz Rock, the approach to the base of the rock via the climber's trail, is much shorter and less steep than that of Tahquitz. There are upward of 300 routes on Suicide Rock alone, and the rock is of high quality white granite just as Tahquitz Rock. Suicide has more climbing routes on its face and is sunny most of the time; well known for its difficult sporty routes and cooler summertime climbing in comfortable afternoon shade. Routes range from traditional 5.1 to bolted 5.13a on beautiful unglaciated granite; something for everyone.

Fishing

Lake Hemet

Lake Hemet is stocked throughout most of the year with rainbow trout but natural channel catfish, big-mouth bass and bluegill also provide good sport fishing. It is owned and operated by the Lake Hemet Municipal Water District. Public recreation areas are on the lakeÕs shores. The Forest Service maintains a picnic area for day use along the north shore, the water district on the other shores. The water district also owns and operates Lake Hemet Campground. Splash & Play Water Park is open from Memorial Day weekend to mid-September. Call 951-659-2680

Directions: It is about 4 miles south of Mountain Center on Highway 74.

 

Lake Fulmor

Lake Fulmor is a delightful oasis for people and wildlife. On the trail winding around the lake look for ground squirrels, tree frogs, butterflies, and dragonflies; listen for the raucous chatter of StellerÕs jays. Fully accessible pier, picnic tables and toilet. Fishing information: Rainbow trout planted fall through spring. Call California Fish and Wildlife for Fish Plant recording at 855-887-1275.

Directions: Located about 10 miles north of Idyllwild on Hwy 243

 

Strawberry Creek

California Department of Fish and Game plants rainbow trout twice per month spring and early summer at Hwy 243 bridge and downstream at bridge near Camp Emerson. Rocky pools; forested area

Directions: Stream crosses under highway 243 just south of Idyllwild.

Email

MtnTowns@gmail.com

Links

www.GarnerValleyDirectory.com

www.AnzaValleyDirectory.com