4S21 - Indian Mountain

4.9/5 (17 reviews)
Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California (Riverside County)
Last Updated: 12/30/2018
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Highlights

I selected this highlight photo from an earlier trip to Indian Mountain. Never living out of southern California I'm only familiar with this dry, arid, scrub brush and boulder type of scenery. I find it very beautiful. Diamond Valley Lake is off in the distance on the right. Because Idyllwild is close to me I manage to get into these mountains frequently. The southern last mile of this trail is rated a "Black Diamond" by the USFS and not to be missed.

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Trail Reviews

4.9/5 (17 reviews)
Status: Open
Visited: 08/19/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Ran this trail from south to north. Rubicon had zero issues. Fun trail to hit while you’re out in the area. My friend would not take his ford ranger up it.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/06/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This could be my new favorite trail in Southern California. I ran the trail from the south (up hill) solo in the jeep to see if the vehicles in the small group I lead could do the trail. I wouldn't lead anyone on this trail without 33's and 1 locker for short wheelbases and 35's and 1 locker on longer wheelbases. I don't think I would do this trail north to south in the jeep (2-door) without a spotter.
Trail Review: 4S21 - Indian Mountain - Jon Houchin
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/22/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Did this both ways in a full size truck with open diffs and 33s. Super fun. I should learn how to disconnect the sway bar. Was hard and spooky but worth it. What a rush!
Status: Partially Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/15/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran this trail with my 2011 Jeep JKU Sport with 4” lift and 35’s, and my parents in their 2015 Jeep JKU Rubicon with 3” lift and 35’s. Lots of pin-striping in the beginning due to overgrown vegetation, and definitely lots of off camber spots. I didn’t disconnect at all and didn’t have any issues getting stuck without lockers. About 3/4 of the way through we ran into a large group from Hemet Jeep Club, and the lead guy informed me the trail was closed ahead as it had become impassable. As we had already been out for awhile we opted to turn around and head out the way we came in. Definitely need high clearance for this trail, lockers and sway bar disconnect would be preferred, but as I said I didn’t do either and had no issues. Overall a fun trail with gorgeous views throughout.
Trail Review: 4S21 - Indian Mountain - Keenan Small
Trail Review: 4S21 - Indian Mountain - Keenan Small
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/05/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Ran this trail in a GX460 on 33''s. Ran from south to north and the first half of the trail has a plethora of very off camber and tilted sections. ATRAC or lockers is definitely recommended to get up the trail. For a Jeep I think the 6 rating for this trail is spot on, for something without that much flex I would put it at a 7.5.

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