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.
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)
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.
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.
24400 Canyon Trail, Idyllwild, CA 92549
Directions: Idyllwild Highway 243 to Pine Cove. Turn right at Marion Ridge Drive. 1/2 mile to entrance
Forest Service CampGrounds
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
Amenities: Creek-side camping
Directions: Idyllwild 9 miles north on Hwy.243, right turn onto Forest Service Rd.#4S01
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.
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.
Directions: Hwy 243 6 miles north of Idyllwild, turn right onto Forest Service Rd.#4S02 & continue 2 miles down to the campground.
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.
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!).
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.
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 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
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.