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Keller Peak [CLOSED] is a 12.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Running Springs, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 12.5 mi Elevation gain 2,267 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Hiking Horseback riding Mountain biking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Partially paved Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Snow Closed
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As of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information.

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Steffani Mahan
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Deb B
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HikingGreat!

So glad we did this beautiful hike. It’s well shaded most of the way. Full disclosure. If you’re going all the way to the top (Keller Peak look our tower) you will most likely have to walk 1 1/2 miles on the road. We looked pretty hard for a trail anywhere off to the right and left. No go. The total mileage was a little less because we didn’t want to walk down the boring road. Hitched a ride with Rick and Jane. Lifesavers! Once we were back on the trail it was great. Had a spring in our step and enjoyed the 5.5 miles back. Total mileage for us was 11.5. There were some very annoying flys that didn’t seem to bite but buzzed around our ears and head. We sprayed ourselves with insect repellent but didn’t really help. They did disappear for long spells and then would reappear. Might be time of the year? This trail is beautiful and we enjoyed everything about it. Some nice benches and rocks to stop and have water break or just take in the amazing views. Give it a go! You won’t be disappointed. Do take plenty of water especially if you’re out there during summer. Enjoy!

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Saeed Jaffer
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Arlene Wohlgemuth
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For those of us who prefer a shorter hike. Once we got on the right trail, it was perfect.

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Steve Leen
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Just walked up 3.8 and there was a beautiful view and a great bench there and plenty of rocks to sit on too. The first 3 miles didn’t have much to see though.

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Michael Coleman
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Beautiful, bring lots of water and keep aware of mountain bikes!

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Elise Strain
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HikingRocky

Beautiful first 4 miles on the trail. Turn right once you get to the road, and take it to the peak.

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Jerome Macht
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First 4 miles are wonderful...beautiful forest, rocks, etc.... Final 2 miles are all paved road. Stop after forest part and avoid final pavement miles to the top - the top view isn’t worth the pavement drudge.

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Natalie Weaver
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HikingBugsOver grown

Beautiful hike. The part after Children’s Forest is overgrown with manzanita but not overly difficult if you’re up for a little challenge. Windy at top but beautiful views.

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Robert Kay
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The first 4 miles up is awesome. Skip the road part...and beware if you follow the all trails map to a t you will end up in a ski resort and the trail is not accurate. Go up 4 miles. Then do the children’s garden then come back down. No need to walk the road. When you’re done drive to the top to get the views. Walking on roads suck.

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Brian Tiffany
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Nice morning hike up to Keller Peak. Walked the road from the Exploration Trail bypassing the trail that leads up through the Snow Valley ski resort, have walked that section in the past and it is not a good trail. After some time at the peak I traveled off trail looking for a viable route that bypasses the not so fun road walk. This was my third time traveling off trail and this was the worst of the three routes I’ve tried. The beginning was good and the second half was good but the best route is going straight across to the west and then down. I will be back to work the best route in the near future.

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Margaret Cheng
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Ran to Keller Peak via exploration trail a couple days ago. First 4 miles on exploration trail are beautiful and challenging. Once you hit the main road, I highly recommend you just take the road up to the summit. Following this route is kind of unnecessary as other reviewers have stated it leads you into the bush whacking of manzanitas. Huge waste of time I ended up just turning around and running up the main road. It’ll save you a lot of trouble and I still clocked in a half marathon run!

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Nicole Acevedo
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Loved the first 4 miles up to the Children's Forest. Definitely wanna come back in the fall when the leaves are changing. Despite it being a *lot* warmer than I expected, there's quite a bit of shade on trail, lovely views and varied well kept terrain to enjoy. I gave a try to reach Keller using the map and ended up in the ski resort (the trail seemed to want you to bushwack through manzanitas right alongside the fence to the resort...I just walked on a probable ski trail). Decided to pause and turn around about .5 miles form the official peak because I wasn't really into hiking up the fully exposed road on a hot day for a not particularly different view than I already had. Keep your ear out for mountain bikers, the ones I met were all courteous but didn't all have bells. Only moderately trafficked (possibly due to the heat), I definitely had the trail to myself for most of the early AM of my hike.

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Ted Farrand
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We hiked this at the beginning of May. The first two-thirds of this trail (Exploration Trail) was a very pleasant, well maintained, forested, and scenic trail. There was still some snow on the trail but we managed without any special gear apart from shoes with good tread. There were a handful of stream crossings, probably best to bring waterproof shoes. The last third of the hike had some scenic views, but very little shade until you reach the top. There was also a point in the top third, after temporarily connecting with a service road, that the marked trail on the app has us going through a bunch of manzanitas. Probably best to just take the service road all the way to the top when you connect with it to save you the confusion.

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Veronica Morales
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It is about 16 miles to the absolute top and kind of disappointing once you’re up there. The walk through the forest was gorgeous though, takes you through many different landscapes!

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Neil Zonfirst
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HikingBugs

Really fun trail. Some burned out spots but excellent big trees/boulders/views on the top half. Loved the barrel rock

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Ashley Adams
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HikingSnow

Great trail, river crossings. We did the trail in early April and you’ll want snow shoes starting about halfway to the top!

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Saeed Jaffer
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CIO .
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Went in the winter when there was still some snow and ice. Beautiful views along the way. Stopped a lot to take pictures and to just soak in the fresh air and solitude. Nice bench about half way through the Exploration trail when everything just opens up. I only did the Exploration Trail to the road (didn’t do the Children’s Forest) then decided to walk the road down due to the snow and ice. Slipped once on the trail, so didn’t want to risk it since there wasn’t a lot of traffic that day. Keller Road also offered some nice views. Will definitely come back when it warmer and try to make it to the peak.

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Jesse Train
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As others have said there is about a half mile section with enough gnats to be annoying. But the other 11-12 miles of this are worth dealing with it. Mostly shaded except some sections this time of year since the oak leaves have fallen. After you complete the Exploration trail I recommend just following the road as I did on the way down. The alternate route goes through a ski resort and is often hard to follow, steep and slippery. Keller Peak offers stunning views, incomparable by almost any other peak in the area aside from Butler Peak. This is a nice hike, and a great workout, many calories burned from the incline, especially if you jog the easier sections too. Go on a clear day to enjoy those distant views. The ranger told me you can even see Catalina on some days.

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Brenton Hudak
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HikingBugs

Beautiful trail and well maintained. Lots of gnats near the middle, but overall nice. Great views along the way!

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Michael Sexton
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Pretty legit trail, we start at the lower end of the trail, parking by the fire station.

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Aresh Ghiassi
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hard but rewarding.

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Timo Rohula
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The trail still has a lot of snow and it adds difficulty. We started the trail from the forest and after the peak headed back following the paved road because of the snow. Total was 11.5 miles and took 4h 55minutes. Not very difficult hike but long. The views from the top are outstanding! Trail is about 50% shade.

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