Exploration Trail

MODERATE 37 reviews

Exploration Trail is a 8.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Running Springs, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

8.7 miles
1496 feet
Out & Back


mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running


horseback riding




wild flowers



no dogs

3 months ago

This trail is great and everything a "moderate" trail should be. Beautiful views, perfectly strenuous to get the blood flowing but nothing extreme. Great single track is fun to trek down. HOWEVER, the GNATS are INSANE!
They were so bad that we cut the hike short just 2 miles in before we just has to turn back. I'm not even sure repellent would have helped, though definitely bring some and apply liberally if you go. The moral of the story here, although the trail is terrific, is to wait until the fall or spring when (presumably) the gnats arent around.

3 months ago

We did Six miles out and back ..I love the hike the only things is there was maybe .5 section with gnats and a few here and there. But I guess that's Norman when hiking this time around. Other then that it was great!

mountain biking
5 months ago

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Good moderate trail with some good views at the top. I recommend parking at the lot at the bottom of Keller Peak Rd rather than the top which the directions take you to. My activity tracker clocked 10.75 miles round trip. Good hike with you dog. There aren't any sharp rocks or boulder scrambles.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

This is a great trail with some shade and a decent uphill climb. The trail is about 4.3 miles to a parking lot and if you want to continue to Keller Peak it's another 1.5 miles. Round trip about 12 miles. Not a difficult hike and the views are amazing, especially at Keller Peak. I completed the trip up and back in 4 hours and 20 minutes.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

I definitely wouldn't use the words "a lot" to describe the quantity of shade on this trail. It was HOT. Gnats were out like crazy, and there weren't any even remotely impressive views. Good exercise but we probably won't be doing this one again.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Don't forget bug spray!!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A really beautiful, shady trail that climbs the western flank of Keller Peak through a black oak forest community. The grade is pretty mild on most of the trail and the views that open up at the upper elevations are fantastic.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Beautiful trail. Only did 3 miles in and out. Lovely in the fall!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Great hike! About 10 miles be sure to bring a jacket it was windy towards the top

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