5S15 - Rouse Hill

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4.6/5 (28 reviews)
Hemet, California (Riverside County)
Last Updated: 10/18/2023
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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 (29)
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Temporary Closure
Visited: 10/18/2023

Confirmed temporary closure: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd1125634.pdf
Temporary Closure
Visited: 10/14/2023

This trail is closed per Forest Order 05-12-55-23-02 between Hwy 74 and 6S18 - From June 8, 2023 through December 31, 2023. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd1125634.pdf
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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