5S15 - Rouse Hill

Hemet, California (Riverside County)

Last Updated: 07/31/2020
4.9 / 5 ( 12 reviews )
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Highlight: 5S15 - Rouse Hill
Rouse Hill Trail is all about the beautiful views and Thomas Mountain Peak for lunch or camping. It is an off-road route that is in the San Bernardino National Forest. This is a zoomed in photo of Lake Hemet with the snow capped San Jacinto Mountains in the background. Tahquitz Peak is in the center with sister peaks on either side.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Rouse Hill Trailhead is just 100 feet west of the Cranston Ranger Station along Hwy74.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Hemet

From Hemet, go east on Hwy74 (Florida) to the Cranston Ranger Station. Turn into the station and follow the road to the right for 100 feet to the trailhead.



Trail Reviews (19)

Questions & Answers (4)

Q: Does anyone know if this is currently open?
–Geovanni Agramonte (04/17/2020)
–Dennis Clark (04/17/2020)
Q: Is the entrance to Rouse Hill 5S15 open at Cranston Staion... Would be coming from Hemet side? Thanks
–Chris See (06/11/2019)
–Dennis Clark (06/12/2019)
Q: Is the camping like primitive camping just find a spot off the trail or are there yellowpost sites at the peak?
–Jordan Aguilar (10/28/2017)
–Dennis Clark (10/30/2017)
Q: Excellent description. Im concerned about the "sandy" trail conditions. Is the sand soft and deep in many spots?
–Robert (08/03/2017)
–Dennis Clark (08/08/2017)
–Dennis Clark (08/03/2017)

Writer Information

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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