5S15 - Rouse Hill

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4.6/5 (26 reviews)
Hemet, California (Riverside County)
Last Updated: 10/21/2022

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Rouse Hill Trail is all about the beautiful views and Thomas Mountain Peak for lunch or camping. It is an off-road route in the San Bernardino National Forest. The view of Lake Hemet with the snow-capped San Jacinto Mountains in the background with Tahquitz Peak in the center with sister peaks on either side is breathtaking.

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4.6/5 (27)
Visited: 09/02/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Forgot to mention, STAY ON TRAIL, it looks like the beginning of trail runs through agricultural land/orchards, so be respectful and watch your speed.
Visited: 09/02/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This was a great trail! It's pretty easy for the most part. Just a couple of deep ruts due to the rainfall digging through the sand, so be careful not to get too close. I ended up slipping into one and hit my rocker like the Newby I am. Aside from that, there aren't many camping spots, so I would run this trail and camp elsewhere. Great day trip if you hit the connection to Thomas Mountain!
Trail Review: 5S15 - Rouse Hill - Thomas Gasperlin
Temporary Closure
Visited: 04/23/2023

Trail is closed for public safety until trail repairs can be made.
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Rated 3/5
Visited: 01/14/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

The trail was easy until it started to rain. If it gets wet it becomes very slippery and dangerous to ride. A lot of deep ditches are formed that are difficult to overcome. I think now it will be quite difficult to drive this trail until the grader passes.
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Rated 3/5
Visited: 12/10/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Trail entrance has a closed sign but the paper posted says trail open but the area directly south is closed due to fire damage. Freshly graded and nothing challenging at all. All gates were locked in the open position.

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