Massacre Canyon Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near San Jacinto, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
The trail is great for geocaching and normally takes a half day. From the road you don't have a clue what beauty lies just to the north. When the rains come the canyon floor will be impassable.
This trail is so beautiful, it hurts to see how people have completely trashed it. We also heard lots of gunshots. Be careful cellphone coverage is not good.
Ok so all the reviews of this trail are incorrect in my opinion. There are two ways to complete this trail to the top. Both are extremely dangerous but a good challenge for a very experienced hiker. The obvious way is to climb straight through the wash . This gets extremely challenging as u will need to use ropes climbing straight up vertically on slippery rocks..I do not recommend this as some of these ropes are not very sturdy and I have witnessed some serious injuries here.The second way is a trail to the right of the wash. As soon as u go under the freeway and enter the canyon look for the trail to the right. This is the scariest trail I have ever completed hands down easily beating three sisters falls to the top. At the end of the trail u will be greeted to some nice solitary open land that used to be a missile test site.
It would be a fantastic trail into the Canyon, if it was not for all the trash, graffiti, discarded alcohol bottles, expended shell casings, and the stench from God knows what. People have truly turn this trail into filth. And the taggers are pieces of crap and deserve to be whipped for turning the canyon walls into trash
It's an easy hike for this small town for any body to get a feel of hiking.
This is a neat little hike. I was a little confused where the trailhead was when I parked. You will go over an overpass when you first get there and will notice parking on one side of the road. Just walk under the overpass and then you can continue to walk in the bottom of the watershed or you can look for a trail that runs on the right hand side. The trail to the right is elevated and offers a much different experience than walking along the bottom.
I didn't notice the high trail until I was coming back and was only able to hike part of it as daylight was running out. The trail that runs along the bottom appears to be much more established and will take you further.
This is a fun short hike. Although some scholars have left their witticisms spray painted along many of the rocks, it is still very pretty and peaceful. There are a couple spots that could be tricky for small children or people who are not able to climb up a short rock face with the help of a rope. (see pictures)
I think it looks a little worse than it actually is. If you are in good shape and are careful you will have no problem.