5S09 - San Jacinto Ridge

4.7/5 (22 reviews)
Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California (Riverside County)
Last Updated: 07/27/2020
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Trail Information

Highlights

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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Trail Reviews

4.7/5 (22 reviews)
Status: Open
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.
Status: Open
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.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/30/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great trail, not a big fan of narrow shelf roads, but it wasn't too busy so not a big deal. Kids loved the waterhole - we all loved the transition as we climbed in elevation and the views!
Trail Review: 5S09 - San Jacinto Ridge - Scotty V
Trail Review: 5S09 - San Jacinto Ridge - Scotty V
Status: Temporary Closure
Rated 4/5
Visited: 01/22/2022

Was heading up here and the gate was closed. Had to take a different route up to Idylwild. I did do this previously up to Indian Mountain and it’s a fairly easy trail.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/02/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Been on this trail before but the snow and mud along with the ruts from others getting stuck made it more challenging and fun. Had to use 4 low with both lockers a couple of times. Some ruts are about 3’ deep. Beautiful day and plenty of snow on the second half of the trail

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