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Hidden among rock-studded hills, 11 miles south of Riverside, Lake Perris State Recreation Area’s 8,800 acres of broad valley are bounded on three sides by low ridges. The Bernasconi Hills and the Russell, Apuma and Armada Mountains obscure the view of nearby cities. Inland, the San Bernardino, San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains, snow-capped in winter months, stand tall in the distance. This area, with its varied terrain and habitats, is rich in a variety of wildlife. About 65 miles south of Los Angeles and 11 miles southeast of the city of Riverside, Lake Perris’s clean white beaches, enticing blue waters, and rocky Alessandro Island bring nearly one million visitors each year from surrounding communities. Activities in this popular park include fishing, water sports, bird watching, hiking, rock climbing, camping, horseback riding, and visiting the Ya’i Heki’ (pronounced yahee ehkey) Regional Indian Museum. Lake Perris has hot, dry summers and cool, moist winters. Rainy weather is limited almost completely to the months between November and April. The area lies at a crossroads of weather influences. Coastal fog (and smog) comes from the west, while "Santa Anas"-strong, hot dry winds-come from the deserts to the east and northeast. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park.

So fun! Try not to fall as you’re going down, the way up there was pretty moderate.

12 days ago

been here a good hike up and down the gorges

We had perfect weather and a ton of fun with kids all the way down to age 7. Good times.

1 month ago

Rugged. Definitely need shoes with traction. Going up is difficult at times, but coming down can be a challenge. Worth the trip, pack water and snacks.

2 months ago

Good moderate trail. Seems like most people approach the peak from either the southwest trailhead or the northeast. We did it as a loop. This took about 2.5 hours with breaks. Agree that GPS is helpful because there are many side trails and signage is lacking. The trailhead by the museum leads up to the summit on a narrow, fairly steep and rocky trail, we approached from this direction, once at the summit the trail down (toward the northeast) was more gradual, smoother and wider. Saw no one on the approach and just a few people on the way down. Beautiful rock formations, clean trail. Glad I had a hiking stick especially for the approach.

Mount Russell should be on Alltrails. Trailhead is East of Terri Peak across the Valley. Awesome veiws.

3 months ago

we hike this trail alot.. great views at the top.. do not underestimate the short distance of this hike. definitely gets the heart rate going in the way up..

It makes you feel like you are away from everything.

7 months ago

Nice walk with the fam

7 months ago

This is a challenging trail, it has beautiful views at the top. But for me no real scenery or beauty or plant life even along the way It’s super exposed to sun too.

8 months ago

Lake Perris loop reopened this weekend (4/28/18). Started out at parking lot 11 & 12 area and headed east. Most of the walk is exposed, but the park does have port-a-potties and canopies for shade spread throughout. Natural shade is mostly at Bernasconi and the North side of the lake. There is a small section of the asphault trail closed off in Bernasconi due to two Bald Eagles nesting. Came in contact with two stray male dogs also in the Bernasconi area. I hope the maintenance crew was able to take care of them. This is a nice flat walk. Awesome breeze on the dam. Mostly came across bike riders. Stopped at the Marina Store and got me a Cherry Pepsi (a craving I got around mile 5.6). The Marina store employees were awesome. Plan to visit weekly since I live close by. We walked the loop in 9.48 miles.

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8 months ago

Very easy ride or walk around this 9 mile loop. Went on the newly -openly trailed with other bikers on 4/28/2018. There were about 40 people on bikes, I trailed back and took in the beautiful view of this lake from all sides. There's desert-like coast on north side to the dam on the south side, sandy beaches on west side for swimmers and boaters. Really enjoyed this trail.

Is moderate for hiking but there are snakes on the way

8 months ago

Many lizards. Very intense hike.

It look good has not try it yet

Easy if you are an experienced hiker. I've seen people of all shape and size on it. Use a GPS to follow trail because there are a lot of "shortcut" trails.

Pretty easy trail for moderately advanced. Recommended for all fitness levels if you take your time.

One of my favorite trails near home. I do this one once a week for practice. Going up hill is the best part since their is a little of rock climbing involved. amazing view if Lake Perris

Great hike. Lot's of rugged terrain.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Great hike!! Got alittle lost but it was worth it!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

good workout. awesome views. signage sucks and parking is $10. love that it isn't crowded!!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Great scenic hike, do not miss this one! Moderate is accurate, soft sand and rocky, definitely worth it! 1.5 miles to the top from the trail head. Beautiful view of Lake Perris throughout the hike.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

loved it!

Great views a moderate trail a little steep nice view of lake

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Ran this in prep for a 1/2 marathon...Nice trail

This trail took about 2 hrs at my own pace. It has a big incline that can get you tired if you are not in shape. Coming down was fun, don't fall, lol.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Great hiking trail, I would say it's moderate to hard because of rugged terrain, narrow steep downhills and uphills. The view of Lake Perris from Terri's Peak is a beauty. No available shades throughout the trail.

I love this trail

Saturday, April 22, 2017

This trail was great, doesn't seem heavily used. In fact some areas required a second look to ensure heading the right direction. Seems most traffic takes a large unpaved road up vs horse and game trails as in this loop. Parked in lot 1-2 under a nice shady spot. Miles according to fit-bit were closer to 6.5. Great hike steep and narrow going down. Stopped in at museum for a quick look.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Trail begins at the back of the Regional Indian Museum. $10 per car to enter park (which might explain why we were the only folks on the trail that day). Great workout (bring good shoes/boots and plenty of water and sunscreen) leads to an awesome view of the surrounding area.

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