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Diamond Valley Lake North Trail [CLOSED]

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Hemet, California

Diamond Valley Lake North Trail is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hemet, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.9 miles Elevation Gain: 889 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

closed

no shade

no dogs

Please note that this trail is currently closed due to COVID 19. This trail skirts the hills just outside Diamond Valley Lake. There are 3 points along the trail that overlook the lake. From the Intersection of Menifee Road and Simpson you can choose 2 trails, South West trail starts with highest elevation gain, West offers mild elevation gain and then forks quarter mile in. At the fork you can choose higher elevation gain to left or gradual elevation gain to left. This trail offers different paths to form loops of varying difficultly. The peaks will be up and back with 400 to 600 ft elevation gain.

hiking
closed
30 days ago

Closed do to Covid-19

hiking
1 month ago

Completely locked down Saturday morning. Don’t know how anyone is claiming to be doing this trail, or getting to it. And...this is nowhere near the intersection of Simpson Rd. and Menifee Rd. Slightly frustrating.

hiking
bugs
no shade
1 month ago

The trail is a little work out. Straight, steep up and medium decline. Excellent to run back to beginning.

1 month ago

do you have to pay ?

hiking
closed
3 months ago

We went on a Monday in mid February to do this trail, travelling from La Quinta. BEAUTIFUL hiking day but ALL entrances to any part of the Diamond Lake trail were closed and chained off with no way to access them. We were quite disappointed. I am not sure how to find out ahead of time when it will be open. Some signs said closed Monday and Tuesday. Could have saved ourselves a long drive had we known this.

hiking
no shade
over grown
6 months ago

It was pretty flat for about 1.5 miles or so, then went UP. The views were awesome, but go early in the day to avoid the direct sun since there isn’t any shade. There was one part that was overgrown, but nothing too bad.

hiking
over grown
7 months ago

hiking
no shade
over grown
7 months ago

I do this trail almost every weekend since I live in the area. Parking is in a dirt lot right off Searl. Has a good uphill to get up to the lake overlook. If you like you can keep going to the right instead of going up to the overlook and turn this into an 8+ mile out and back hike instead of the 5 mile one recorded here. There's an additional view of the lake this way that's great for pictures. This trail is not kept up very well and is generally pretty overgrown. Bring lots of water because there isn't any shade.

walking
7 months ago

I want to try this trail but where does one park?

running
over grown
8 months ago

The trail is not in great condition and I would not call it “stroller friendly.” I attempted it yesterday and ended up with two flat tires on my Thule. It’s really overgrown; lesson learned.

hiking
no shade
over grown
10 months ago

hiking
rocky
10 months ago

hiking
no shade
11 months ago

11 months ago

Cannot ride mountain bikes on this trail.

hiking
bugs
no shade
11 months ago

hiking
bugs
no shade
over grown
Fri May 17 2019

Nice views of the lake. Great work out. Kid friendly.

hiking
bugs
no shade
Sat May 11 2019

hiking
Wed Apr 17 2019

good little uphill at the end. like it!!!

hiking
Sat Apr 13 2019

This hike was beautiful and very easy!!! A lot of beautiful flowers along the way and nice views! Did this hike about 3 weeks ago

Tue Apr 09 2019

Beautiful

hiking
closed
Tue Apr 09 2019

Drove to this trailhead today. The trail was closed, with a sign saying "Closed Mondays and Tuesdays". Don't know if this is always the case, but the same sign was posted at the trail to Diamond Valley Lake Wildflower Trail!. If this is always the case, it should be in the general info for these trail descriptions. Someone there had driven to this trailhead from Orange (a 1 1/2 hr drive for them). Maybe someone who does this hike frequently could clarify this.

hiking
Thu Mar 28 2019

wildflowers were amazing!

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