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5S15 - Rouse Hill

4.6/5 (23 reviews)
Hemet, California (Riverside County)
Last Updated: 10/21/2022

Trail Information


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.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Trail Reviews

4.6/5 (24)
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.
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.
Temporary Closure
Visited: 11/25/2022

Closed. The sign was moved coming from Thomas Mountain though so be careful.
This trail guide's difficulty was changed on 10/21/2022
Temporary Closure
Visited: 09/18/2022

Looks beautiful! But it's closed due to the Fairview fire. I found a map on the Thomas trail about 30 min east of the closures that shows it should be open by early October. Ran into a Cal Fire Fireman who told me maybe as early as Sept 28.

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