Cactus Spring Trail

MODERATE 28 reviews
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Cactus Spring Trail is a 30.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mountain Center, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
30.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
6,870 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Directions from Idyllwild, CA: Travel Highway 243 south taking the left fork of Highway 74 towards Lake Hemet. Continue southeast across the Santa Rosa Indian Reservation. Take a right on Forest Road 7S09, which is just opposite Pynon Flat Campground. The trailhead is located past the Riverside County Transfer Station.

hiking
1 month ago

One of my family's favorite hikes! It's beautiful, and we only ever see a few people.

hiking
4 months ago

That past review was today 3/19 and a perfect day temperature round trip from pinyon 6 plus hours We were retracting where my sister took the wrong turn. Could happen to anyone. Happy trails

4 months ago

Beautiful yet markers are not always clear especially in washes be careful and aware of your trail. My sister got lost and we live in this area and it can easily be as dangerous if not paying attention. Otherwise absolutely worth wild. Spectacular for locals as well as visitors

hiking
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Spectacular hike with a great variety of vegetation!

hiking
Monday, November 14, 2016

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.

hiking
Monday, May 30, 2016

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!

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Great trail for hiking. Not a ton of space/spots for camping, but great if you aren't with a group. We hiked in and camped on Valentine's weekend with our dog. Was perfect for our needs:)

FYI this was our plan B after being kicked out of Barker Valley due to planned burns. Thank you All Trails for the spur of the moment nearby recommendation!

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recorded cactus spring trail

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