Cactus Spring Trail is a 31.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mountain Center, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Idyllwild, CA: Travel Highway 243 south taking the left fork of Highway 74 towards Lake Hemet. Continue southeast across the Santa Rosa Indian Reservation. Take a right on Forest Road 7S09, which is just opposite Pynon Flat Campground. The trailhead is located past the Riverside County Transfer Station.
We hiked from the trailhead to the creek and back - 4 miles total. Beautiful hike with blooming cactus, wild flowers and some shade with up and down elevation changes along the way. We hiked it really early morning in month of May so temperature ok. Loved the hike!
Great trail for hiking. Not a ton of space/spots for camping, but great if you aren't with a group. We hiked in and camped on Valentine's weekend with our dog. Was perfect for our needs:)
FYI this was our plan B after being kicked out of Barker Valley due to planned burns. Thank you All Trails for the spur of the moment nearby recommendation!
If anybody is thinking about hiking this trail. The climax of this trail is actually the Springs at Horse Thief, once you get there, we're talking approximately 2.1 miles away from the parking. You'll feel like you're at the Garden of Eden. This should be where the remainder of your hiking should be spent. You'll only get disappointed and regret for wasting time if you continued and ignored this incredible area. Now you know the secret and surprise that's waiting for you to discover.