4S21 - Indian Mountain

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4.7/5 (24 reviews)
Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California (Riverside County)
Last Updated: 12/30/2018
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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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4.7/5 (24)
Visited: 09/04/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran this solo from south to north in a stock LX470 + front locker (tires were BFG KO2 at 16 psi). First mile was very challenging, frequently requiring getting out of the car to walk out a line and then had to follow it closely. Thankfully we were able to get through the trail without any damage, but I could see how a vehicle could easily roll on a number of climbs and off camber situations. Definitely requires full attention. This trail treats you to some amazing views.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/28/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran down and back with a buddy. His stock 2007 rubicon 4D and my 2001 4runner. Mine has a 2” lift on 33” tires, no lockers. The trail is a little washed out after the rain but it was a great time. Coming back up was a challenge and I needed to be pretty selective with my lines in a few spots. I was able to make it up without any assistance. The jeep was a little low since it was stock so he had some clearance issues in a few spots, but he had no real issues for the most part. He used the rear locker once.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/03/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran this trail South to North in a Tacoma on 33s with rear locker. Also ran with a 2door bronco, Gladiator and another Tacoma. I sure could have used a front locker in one spot but other than that everyone made it thru just fine. As everyone has already said the first mile coming from the south is where the real challenges are. I definitely would not run this one alone in either direction. Everyone in my group had a great time we will be back to do it again soon.
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Visited: 04/29/2023

This trail is not one of the listed roads closed so this should be open. Here is the list of roads closed: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sbnf/conditions/?cid=FSEPRD538928
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Temporary Closure
Rated 3/5
Visited: 04/15/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Trails is currently closed: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sbnf/recarea/?recid=74068

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