Diamond Valley Lake North Trail is a 4.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Hemet, CA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This trail skirts the hills just outside Diamond Valley Lake. There are 3 points along the trail that overlook the lake. From the Intersection of Menifee Road and Simpson you can choose 2 trails, South West trail starts with highest elevation gain, West offers mild elevation gain and then forks quarter mile in. At the fork you can choose higher elevation gain to left or gradual elevation gain to left. This trail offers different paths to form loops of varying difficultly. The peaks will be up and back with 400 to 600 ft elevation gain.
This is an open trail for the most part is adjacent to Domenigoni Pkwy. Midway the views are magnificent at the vista point of the world, it's astonishing to see how high the water surface in relation to the residential zone. Photographic opportunity are many specially in spring, being July you'll have to be creative because most of the planting appear dead in the summer and finding that picturesque vignette is going to take more time. There's two objects to look for that's not really significant, if anything are eye sores. This two objects will never be removed, it will remain forever an accent to the environment. There's two cars that was junked in the middle of the field and at metal folding chair, what's left of it. Since this trail has no trees, the shrubs aren't tall enough to catch any shade from the scorching Sun, which means protect your skin and have enough drinking water. After completing this trail, there's an interesting Architectural structure adjacent to the trailhead parking that's worth checking out. It was awarded the highest LEED rating applicable to green buildings.
This trail is known as the ant infested trail ! The environment is not the most interesting or shaded, its typical and predictable because of the low shrubs. The obvious and visible dirt trail will make the experience somewhat monotonous. The ground cover that look like dead grass you want to avoid walking on because they stick to your clothes like fish hooks. If you get them in your shoes, specially your socks, it's an annoying experience in addition to the vexing gnats and horse flies. There are many photographic opportunities but you'll really have to search for that vignette. This is one of those trails that's best done early in the morning or winter season. What you'll learn on this trail, what it really feels like to hike one mile. The hike to the Lake overlook, its 1/2 mile past the water tank, from the parking lot it's only 2.7 miles, but will feel like 10 miles. When you arrive at the Lake overlook, you'll be surprising to see and learn the elevation of the water surface, what's astonishing are the views 360 degrees of the world. This trail is not very popular with the locals, in fact its deserted on week-ends. If you're looking for a popular trail ? it's James Simpson Park, approximately six miles East.