5S09 - San Jacinto Ridge

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4.7/5 (25 reviews)
Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California (Riverside County)
Last Updated: 07/27/2020
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5S09 - San Jacinto Ridge is in the San Bernardino National Forest. It is a beautiful 10 mile forestry truck trail on the western slope of the San Jacinto Mountains near Idyllwild. The nearly 3000 foot elevation change provides a wide variety of flora and fauna to enjoy, from the desert scrub to the pine forests, the ground squirrels to the tree squirrels, deer and more! The North Fork of the San Jacinto River crosses this truck trail and is a perfect spot for a picnic. Only in Southern California can one go off-roading in the mountains and surf at the local beaches in the same day.

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4.7/5 (25)
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Visited: 09/22/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

We hit this trail in reverse from 10-4 en-route to Indian Mountain. It was an EXTREMELY beautiful trail, and the waterfall put a cherry on top. I love this trail and will definitely be hitting it again soon.
Trail Review: 5S09 - San Jacinto Ridge - Thomas Gasperlin
Trail Review: 5S09 - San Jacinto Ridge - Thomas Gasperlin
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/01/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

BRING LOTS OF BUG SPRAY 😂 at the time of writing this, the trail is pretty rutted. If you’re smart about your line, most vehicles shouldn’t have any issue. I ran this in my stock suspension 2wd taco and had little trouble. the only noticeable obstacle was a very deeply rutted section (almost a 1.5-2ft deep hole, see picture.) I chose to bypass it by backtracking ~1000ft to a small shelf road which lead to a campsite and around the obstacle, as I was the only vehicle out there and with family. I am sure a 4x4 with some more ground clearance would have made it, however i didn’t want to risk anything, especially with my longer wheelbase bed. this obstacle makes me rate the trail as ‘harder’, and probably with the optional rating of a 4-5. the waterfalls were beautiful, absolutely stunning. the one major waterhole area is very shallow, and i was able to drive all thru it. as you get lower in elevation, the trail goes from rutted with lots of trees to dustier with less greenery. this is obvious but be careful of bees, they are by most of the water sources here. additionally, bring some (strong) bug spray. the one i had wasn’t strong enough, and the horse flies just swarm you. absolutely beautiful trail, will come again. i aired down to ~26psi, and drove in just from the town of idllywild down and out of bee canyon. at the time of writing this, the temp. high was 104, low of 75-80s, and a constant trail temperature of around 85-90s. safe travels, have fun!
Trail Review: 5S09 - San Jacinto Ridge - Tommy/Eric
Trail Review: 5S09 - San Jacinto Ridge - Tommy/Eric
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/24/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great views and mostly smooth drive. A few new ruts from the rains earlier this year but nothing too bad. Definitely going to go back and stay at one of the yellow post sites.
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/27/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great views and the spot with the river is beautiful. Hopefully the climate changes to more rain m so it flows again.
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Visited: 08/06/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I drove the first half of the trail (Bee Canyon to Indian Mountain) and saw no one. pretty easy trail with some great views. I'll go back and do the other half next time.

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