El Toro Peak is a 3.3 mile out and back trail located near Mountain Center, CA and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, mountain biking, and off road driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
off road driving
Outstanding view of Salton Sea, San G, and San Jac, amazing vista This is an incredibly easy hike. The first mile and a quarter is on a well graded, steady uphill road that any member of the family should be able to walk with a little bit of effort. The last quarter mile is quite a bit steeper, but should provide the feeling of attaining a peak, especially for a small child. The only problem with this hike, besides walking on a road the whole way, is the ugly, smelly, noisy and unsightly military outpost on the top. I read that this was once a craggy peak in the 70's. It is a shame that anyone was allowed to put radio towers atop this peak. The view is perhaps the best in Southern California. From here you can see the entire Salton Sea, San Jacinto, San Gorgonio, Angeles NF, Cleveland National Forest, The Cuyamacas, Anza-Borrego, Joshua Tree, and much much more. It would be a 360' panorama without the towers in the way. Still the view is superb. I spent my time looking away from the towers.
They have graded this road all the way to the top. Also they have blocked off access to the summit (see the photo of the sign I posted). I think this just happened as the gates looked new and graders and dozers parked at the top and bottom. The drive was very scenic and easy (we passed an old Volvo wagon at the top). No snow but google maps does acknowledge that it can happen. If you do take the drive, look for the natural spring and the "Old Log Cabin" remains:)