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Best trails in Lake Perris State Recreation Area

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Looking for a great trail in Lake Perris State Recreation Area, California? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, views trails, wild flowers trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 7 moderate trails in Lake Perris State Recreation Area ranging from 2.8 to 8.9 miles and from 1,604 to 2,565 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Lake Perris State Recreation Area
Park information
Park hours
Monday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Contact
951-940-5600
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Top trails (8)
#1 - Terri Peak Loop Trail
Lake Perris State Recreation Area
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 25 m
There is a $10 fee to park. Show more
#2 - Lake Perris Loop Trail
Lake Perris State Recreation Area
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Length: 8.9 mi • Est. 3 h 55 m
Lake Perris Loop Trail is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Perris, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hikShow more
#3 - Bernasconi Hills Trail to Teri's Peak
Lake Perris State Recreation Area
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 23 m
This hike is short, but steep. You gain great vistas of the major Southern California Mountains and their respective ranges. Even in August, the temperatures cool down enough to hike it just before suShow more
#4 - Terri Peak and Lake Perris Trail
Lake Perris State Recreation Area
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 50 m
Terri Peak and Lake Perris Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Perris, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primShow more
#5 - Terri Peak
Lake Perris State Recreation Area
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 47 m
Terri Peak is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Moreno Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for Show more
#6 - Lake Perris Area Trail
Lake Perris State Recreation Area
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 44 m
Hidden among rock-studded hills, 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 MountaShow more
#7 - Lake Perris from Avalon Avenue
Lake Perris State Recreation Area
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 46 m
Lake Perris from Avalon Avenue is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Moreno Valley, California that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily usedShow more
#8 - Peak 2413, Terri Peak and Armada Benchmark Loop
Lake Perris State Recreation Area
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 3 h 4 m
Peak 2413, Terri Peak and Armada Benchmark Loop is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Moreno Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. TShow more