Thomas Mountain Trail

MODERATE 6 reviews

Thomas Mountain Trail is a 9.8 mile moderately 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 year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

9.8 miles 1502 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving




wild flowers



1 month ago

easy and good views

2 months ago

A good trail to the ridgetop campground and Thomas Mt. Road. It's about 2.5 miles from here to Thomas Mt. along the road for a total of 10 round trip. There are signs on Hwy 74 indicating the Thomas Mt. Trail.

3 months ago

The location shown on the app is spot on, easy to find/follow signs from hwy 74 to the trailhead. It's more of a dirt road than a trail all the way up. We parked at the gate where the pavement ends and hiked to the top of the ridge where the power lines cross the trail. We didn't find any way to "loop" back, but from the trailhead to the top of the ridge and back was about 3 miles. Great views of Anza, smooth path, will do again!!

1 year ago

Hiked this road a couple years ago. Named it Thomas Mountain Loop, it’s really Thomas Mountain Truck Trail, which starts at the end of Hop Patch Spring Rd. Hop Patch Spring Rd is not easy to find on Hwy 74. You’ll really need to use GPS navigation to find this road. The loop occurs when you take Forest Route 5S15 all the way, which is goes through the ridges along the mountain which descents on the northwest near Lake Hemet. This is an awesome hike if you take the horse path on to the left side away from the dirt road. You won’t see to many people driving there, but you’ll see more people walking and enjoying this trail.

off road driving
4 years ago

Decided to take a drive to Thomas mountain and look for some campgrounds and some good 4x4 spots. I like having a place to go and test my equipment out at. I think I found a few spots.

off road driving
5 years ago

Great road, nice views of Lake Hemet. Fun in the mud.