4S05 - Mellor Ranch OHV

Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California (Riverside County)

Last Updated: 07/28/2018
4.8 / 5 ( 4 reviews )
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Highlight: 4S05 - Mellor Ranch OHV
4S05 - Mellor Ranch OHV is just one of the many trails that make up the 4x4 off-road network west of Idyllwild. It is located in the San Bernadino National Forest and it is rarely closed. Mellor Ranch is a designated OHV trail, so use caution and be prepared to share the road. You will see pine, fir, and cedar at the higher elevations, in addition to the typical Southern California sage, mesquite, manzanita and scrub oak as you descend to the west end, you will also have outstanding views to the west-southwest.


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1. East Trailhead (0 mi)
The east trailhead is the easiest to locate since its entrance is on the west side of Highway 243

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Hemet or Banning

From Hemet, go east on Hwy 74 to Mountain Center. Take Hwy 243 17.5 miles, to the Mellor Ranch trailhead on your left. From Banning and the 10 Freeway, go south on 8th Street, turn left at Lincoln and turn right on Hwy 243. Take Hwy 243 11.2 miles, to the Mellor Ranch trailhead on your right. The directions above will take you to the east trailhead. The west trailhead requires you to travel on Bee Canyon, East Indian Creek, and Indian Canyon. When you arrive at Indian Canyon, turn right/north for 0.7 miles to the west trailhead.The trailhead will be on your right.



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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.
For individual use only, not to be shared.