4S21 - Indian Mountain

Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California (Riverside County)

Last Updated: 12/30/2018
4.9 / 5 ( 9 reviews )
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Highlight: 4S21 - Indian Mountain
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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The upper trailhead starts at highway 243, 100 yards north of the Scenic Vista Overlook

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Banning or Hemet

From the 10 freeway in the north, take the 243 highway towards Idyllwild. When you pass Lake Fulmor, the Indian Mountain trailhead will be on your right in 1 mile at the Scenic Vista Overlook. If coming from highway 74 in the south, take the 243 highway towards Idyllwild. You will pass through Idyllwild and Pine Cove and after passing the Black Mountain Trail you will come to the Indian Mountain Trailhead on your left in 2 miles.



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Dennis Clark

Mapping Crew - California and Idaho

Dennis Clark was born in Los Angeles in 1942 and after 76 years of living in So Cal he moved to Emmett, Idaho with his wife Patricia, has four adult children with many grand and great grandchildren. He has loved the outdoors since his Cub Scout and Boy Scout days while camping with the family. He's an archer, hunter and fisherman but no longer wishes to harm animals. He has been involved with photography since the 1960's. He became more of a serious hiker in 2010 when he started Geocaching and has hiked the three tallest peaks in So Cal, Mt San Jacinto, Mt San Gorgonio and Mt Baldy, along with most of the lesser peaks in search of caches. Geocaching started his love for the USFS Trail system as he used the trails frequently to get to certain trailheads. He had a 2002 Ford Ranger 2wd and its amazing where that little pickup took him. In 5 years of weekly geocaching he was only stuck once in some Palm Springs sand. His 2016 Wrangler Sport Unlimited was purchased in 2015. He has become quite lazy in the hiking department as he can now drive to most locations. He's looking forward to posting some trails and don't hesitate to ask him for any help you might need.
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