6S17 - Blackburn Ridge

5/5 (5 reviews)
Hemet, California (Riverside County)
Last Updated: 07/28/2018
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Trail Information

Highlights

Blackburn Ridge trail is only 20 minutes southeast of Hemet. The scenery is the highlight of this trail. A great part of this route is actually in the directions to the trailhead where, when you are on Bautista Canyon Rd, you will pass through many citrus groves that Hemet is/was well know for. Once started on the trail, the first .5 mile is a climb up to the ridge where the road is narrow and rocky with no spots for a turnaround. On the ridge you will be on a generally easterly road that is rutted, rocky and sandy. This trail forms a corridor into the San Jacinto Wilderness Area with a 375 foot buffer on either side. There are some elevation changes as you climb the ridge with slight off-camber. There are many places to pull off to enjoy the scenery and there is a large turnaround at the end where a hiking trail begins, Rouse Hill-Bautista Canyon Trail. This is a great trail for the new Jeeper or if you only have time for a 9 mile out and back run.

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Trail Reviews

5/5 (5 reviews)
Tom H
3900
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/01/2018

This is a lovely spur trail and takes you through some beautiful country. It is a shame that the Forest Service closed it off. It's worth trying to find out why. UPDATE: I spoke with a Cal Fire official who mentioned that the trail was closed due to a rare turtle that lives in the area.
Dennis Clark
Official Crew
18650
Status: Permanently Closed
Visited: 07/28/2018

Even though I believe this trail will never open I'll post this notice. All trails in the San Jacinto Ranger District are under a fire closure until 08/31/18
Trail Review: 6S17 - Blackburn Ridge - Dennis Clark
Trail Review: 6S17 - Blackburn Ridge - Dennis Clark
Dennis Clark
Official Crew
18650
Status: Permanently Closed
Visited: 05/06/2018

Driving down Bautista intending to do some geocaching on Cottonwood Truck Trail and noticed the gate was locked. It appears that this is permanent. Thanks Robin.
Robert
Official Crew
31450
Status: Permanently Closed
Visited: 09/12/2017

I visited Blackburn today as it was an rated "Easy" trail near Hemet but the trailhead at Bautista was gated closed. The US Forest Service sign read : " Road Restriction. No public motor vehicle use Yearlong. Motor vehicle used by permit only. Public non motorized use allowed yearlong" Thank you Robin for this report, which demonstrates the value of trailsoffroad providing information to the public. I go down Bautista frequently and will keep on eye on this gate. Dennis
Trail Review: 6S17 - Blackburn Ridge - Robert
Trail Review: 6S17 - Blackburn Ridge - Robert
Dennis Clark
Official Crew
18650
Status: Open
Visited: 10/21/2016

I originally rated this trail at 1-3 and in the review process was asked why? My high mount GoPro basically showed the trail as a flat dirt road. I've since added a bumper mount and I'm anxious to video my next trail. I wanted to include this one photo to show it wasn't totally flat.
Trail Review: 6S17 - Blackburn Ridge - Dennis Clark

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