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I would call ahead. Nothing indicated trail was closed( including the forest service website) but after 3/4 mile up the trail it was closed. So our trip was very short. It was ok as far as the trail itself, easy, but mostly looking at semi-dead scrub the whole time.
this was a nice hike. we hiked for 11 miles...5.5 out and then back. I loved the creek, saw three deer, and two beautiful blue birds. I was worried about heading back because it would be uphill, but it wasn't so bad. one of the local gentlemen gave me a bottled water, which was very nice of him. it was 75 there and back on the desert floor in indio it was 92. nice day.
back packed from ramona Trailhead to toolbox springs campground with a 45 pound pack....I wouldn't say this is an easy trail...moderately hard..all uphill to the camp...the trek out will be a breeze...beautiful area the spring is just a trickle. .but it's running..I thought with all this drought it would be dry...nice surprise
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!!
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!
Update! The 7 mile loop is OPEN! The front gate will hand you a map upon request. Starts out with a sufferfest mini rock garden climb but Totally WORTH It DUDE. will post a map here in the photos section. the meadows we went through was picturesque to say the least. Will come back soon.
Good trail, nice workout! Trail is easy to follow once you are sure your on the right one. Horsethief is not mentioned anywhere on the trail signage. Nor are you positive you've reached your destination. Better signage would be a plus. But all trails app steered us to the right place.
Did this hike back in 2011. It was a very rewarding hike with incredible views at the top overlooking Lake Hemet in one direction and the entire Coachella Valley in the other. I was sad to see that fire had destroyed the area. I hope it will be reopened and restored some day in the future do others can enjoy this great hike.
The Ramona trail can be made longer (if hiking from mountain center on hwy 74; up the mountain) as there will be a fork in the trail at the very end which takes you through a campground and eventually to the highest point on the ridge for the best views of San jacinto. This ends up making the hike about 13.5mi. This hike tends to be slightly boring for the first 2 miles but then opens up into some larger pines. Be sure to check out the massive pine cones if you get a chance.