5S15 - Rouse Hill

4.9/5 (21 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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4.9/5 (22 reviews)
Status: 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 10/22/2022
Tommy
1500
Status: 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.
Trail Review: 5S15 - Rouse Hill - Tommy
Trail Review: 5S15 - Rouse Hill - Tommy
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/28/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Fun easy trail with wildflower everywhere, and no crowd (we only saw two other vehicles). Crossing through the cloud layer was a real treat. Great alternative to doing something like Burns. Idylwild is a baby Big Bear with some good restaurants and live music. There were a couple ruts that required a little care but it was mostly very easy. The views were great.
Trail Review: 5S15 - Rouse Hill - Chris Neuhahn
Trail Review: 5S15 - Rouse Hill - Chris Neuhahn
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 02/12/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

First time on this trail, ran it in our 2011 JKU with 4” lift and 35’s. We only went about 1/3 of the way as we just wanted a spot to picnic with epic views and let me tell you the views are definitely awesome. Nothing on the trail was difficult, although the climbing was pretty steep and there were a few deeply rutted areas but most of them had a pretty easy way around. Only saw 2 dirt bikes out there the entire time otherwise had the trail to ourselves. Will definitely be returning to do the full trail out to Thomas Mountain and probably do some camping.
Trail Review: 5S15 - Rouse Hill - Keenan Small
Trail Review: 5S15 - Rouse Hill - Keenan Small
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