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Idyllwild Non-Wilderness Trails

(permit not required for day hiking)

Description of Trails
Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail - This easy, scenic, 2.6 mile hike leaves from Fern Valley Road, just before Humber Park. Beginning at 6100 ft. and crossing streams along the way, it descends 600 ft. it is a good walk for beginning botanists; many different species of trees can be found along the way.
Palm Canyon Trail (4E01) - 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)
Cahuilla Mountain Trail (2E45) - 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.
Webster Trail (2E16) - 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 caparral, 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.
South Fork Trail (2E17)B - This mile moderately strenuous trail descends from Hwy. 74, trailhead elevation 3800 ft., to the South Fork of the San Jacinto River. It then ascends to 4600 ft. at Rouse Ridge Road (5S15). Park at the Caltrans cinder bin turnout on Hwy. 74, west of Mountain Center. The trail provides access to fishing at the River.
Black Mountain Trail (2E35) - This 3.6 mile, moderately strenuous hike leaves from Hwy. 243, 1.3 miles south of the Vista Grande Fire Station. The trail begins in chaparral at 4480 ft. and ends on the forested slopes of Black Mountain, elevation 7772 ft. There are excellent views of the Banning Pass and Mt. San Gorgonio. This trail passes through a Research Natural Area containg ecosystems used for research and study purposes
Ramona Trail (3E26) - This moderatae, 3 mile trail climbs 1500 ft., offering views of Garner Valley. Starting at 4400 ft., the hike ascends to Toolbox Spring on Thomas Mountain Road (6S13). Trailhead sign is about 3.5 miles south of Lake Hemet on Hwy. 74.
Fobes Trail (4E02) - This is a moderate hike, with views, leaving Garner Valley from Fobes Ranch Road (6S05). The 1.5 mile trail winds through chaparral and oaks to intersect with the Pacific Crest Trail, on the pine-covered Desert Divide, south of Spitler Peak and north of Palm View Peak. Beginning elevation is 5200 ft. with a gain of 800 ft.
Cedar Spring Trail (4E17) - Follow Morris Ranch Road in Garner Valley to the trailhead sign. The trail travels through private property; please respect private property rights and stay on the dirt road. This is a moderate 3.2 mile hike, beginning at 5760 ft. The trail connects with the Palm View Peak at an elevation of 6400 ft. To Cedar Spring, take the branch trail off the PCT northeast for one mile.
Pacific Crest Trail - The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) extends 2,600 miles from Mexico to Canada. Although a few marathon hikers have travelled the length in one trip, most hike the trail in sections. The San Jacinto District contains 55 miles of the PCT. It begins 1/4 mile east of the junction of state Highways 371 and 74 in Garner Valley; it passes through the wilderness and exits north of Cabazon Peak near Interstate 10 in the desert near Palm Springs. A hiking permit is required for travel through the wilderness section.

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