6S17 - Blackburn Ridge

Hemet, California (Riverside County)

Last Updated: 07/28/2018
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Length: 4.21 miles
Highest Elevation: 3972 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Hemet
Nearest Town w/ Services: Hemet
Official Road Name: 6S17 Blackburn Ridge
Management Agency: San Bernardino National Forest
District: San Jacinto Forest District


Highlight: 6S17 - Blackburn Ridge
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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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
A gate marks the beginning of the Blackburn Ridge trail, beyond any hope of ever being locked. (and that's a good thing)

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Hemet

From Hwy 74 (Florida) in Hemet, turn south on Fairview for 2.2 miles where you will turn left onto Bautista Canyon Rd. The trailhead will be on your left in approximately 4 miles.



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Dennis Clark

Mapping Crew - California and Idaho

Dennis Clark was born in Los Angeles in 1942 and after 76 years of living in So Cal he moved to Emmett, Idaho with his wife Patricia, has four adult children with many grand and great grandchildren. He has loved the outdoors since his Cub Scout and Boy Scout days while camping with the family. He's an archer, hunter and fisherman but no longer wishes to harm animals. He has been involved with photography since the 1960's. He became more of a serious hiker in 2010 when he started Geocaching and has hiked the three tallest peaks in So Cal, Mt San Jacinto, Mt San Gorgonio and Mt Baldy, along with most of the lesser peaks in search of caches. Geocaching started his love for the USFS Trail system as he used the trails frequently to get to certain trailheads. He had a 2002 Ford Ranger 2wd and its amazing where that little pickup took him. In 5 years of weekly geocaching he was only stuck once in some Palm Springs sand. His 2016 Wrangler Sport Unlimited was purchased in 2015. He has become quite lazy in the hiking department as he can now drive to most locations. He's looking forward to posting some trails and don't hesitate to ask him for any help you might need.
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