3S09 - Hurley Flats

Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California (Riverside County)

Last Updated: 07/28/2018
3.5 / 5 ( 11 reviews )
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Highlight: 3S09 - Hurley Flats
3S09 - Hurley Flats is a 4wd offroad trail in the San Bernardino National Forest. This trail is perfect for the new wheeler as there are no obstacles. Pair it with a loop run with the trail to the east 3S08 Vista Grande for a day of sightseeing, photography, and fun. It is the most northern Forest Service numbered trail in the San Jacinto Mountain District. Though shorter than 3S08 - Vista Grande, it is a carbon copy with it's lower elevations almost desert like, to it's forested and wooded, green meadow like climate at the southern end. The northern trailhead is just off Hwy 243 on Twin Pines Road, and the southern trailhead ends on Hwy 243 less than a mile from the trailhead for 3S08 - Vista Grande.

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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Twin Pines Road ends at a Juvenile Detention Facility. The dirt road on the right in the 1st photo leads to the trailhead in 300 feet. The actual trailhead is the "Y" junction where 3S08 Vista Grande is on your left. The 3rd photo shows Twin Pines Road in the background.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Hemet or Banning

From Hemet, go east on Hwy 74 to Mountain Center. Take Hwy 243 and pass through Idyllwild and Pine Cove. Continue on Hwy 243 to Twin Pines Road and turn right or east. Go 3.25 miles to it's end at a Juvenile Detention Facility. A dirt road veers to the right and you will be at the trailhead for 3S09 Hurley Flats in 300 feet. There is a "Y" junction at that point, 3S08 Vista Grande is to the left and 3S09 Hurley Flats is to the right. From Banning and the I10 Freeway, go south on 8th Street, turn left at Lincoln and turn right on Hwy 243. Take Hwy 243 to Twin Pines Road and follow the directions above.

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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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