6S13 - Thomas Mountain

Anza, California (Riverside County)

Last Updated: 11/13/2020
4.8 / 5 ( 18 reviews )
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Highlights

Highlight: 6S13 - Thomas Mountain
Thomas Mountain is a 6,800 foot peak in the San Bernardino National Forest. 6S13 Thomas Mountain trail is between Anza to the south and Garner Valley to the north. You will have a wide range of plant life in your offroad 2,400 foot climb from the trailhead. Ranging from the scrub brush at the lower elevations to the sage, yucca, mesquite, manzanita, scrub oak, pine and cedar at the peak. Camping on Thomas Mountain is the highlight of this trail with 10-12 Yellow Post Sites dispersed between 6,400 feet and 6,800 feet. Please respect and watch for the critters that make this their home.

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead starts off relatively flat with a large area to meet up with others, and maybe air down just for the comfort level. There is also a dispersed campsite a few hundred feet up the trail on the left.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Hemet or Banning

From Hemet go east on Hwy 74 to Lake Hemet. Continue 1 mile to the well-marked trailhead on your right. From the north off of the 10 Freeway in Banning, go south towards Idyllwild on Hwy 243. Continue through Idyllwild to Mountain Center at Hwy 74. Turn left and continue east to 1 mile past Lake Hemet to the well-marked trailhead on your right. The same directions apply to running 6S13 in reverse except, from Lake Hemet, continue 6 miles to Pyramid Peak Road and turn right, travel a short distance to the end and turn left on Hop Patch Spring Road. Hop Patch Spring Road ends at the trailhead in less than 2 miles.

Camping

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Trail Reviews (26)

Questions & Answers (6)

Q: Can an AWD Subaru with stock tires able to solo this trail? I would like to enjoy the scenery for the entire day without holding a group convoy. Thanks.
–Benedict (06/15/2022)
–Dennis Clark (06/16/2022)
Q: Hi do you need an Adventure Pass for all the yellow post camps or just #6 ? When I was on this trail I noticed 2 other camps before #6 but they didn't have yellow post at the entrance. Thanks
–Eric M (04/06/2021)
–Dennis Clark (04/07/2021)
Q: I tried calling the Ranger station, but it goes to voicemail, to check to see if this trail was open. Does anyone have a status update for it?
–Daniel Smith (05/18/2020)
–Dennis Clark (05/19/2020)
Q: I took this route today. It offered great scenery. However, it seemed to start at 6S13 and then became 5S15 when I took the first left as described in the route (not the 17 mile to Hemet route). Does 6S13 overlap with 5S15?
–Daniel Smith (02/17/2020)
–Eric M (04/07/2021)
–Dennis Clark (02/18/2020)
Q: Do you think an AWD Subaru would fair well on this road?
–Brandon Munoz (04/18/2018)
–Dennis Clark (04/18/2018)
Q: are there any long stretches of deep sand?
–Robert (06/03/2017)
–Dennis Clark (06/03/2017)

Writer Information

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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