Keller Peak 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.

Distance: 12.5 miles Elevation Gain: 2,267 feet 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

hiking
4 days ago

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.

hiking
5 days ago

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.

running
9 days ago

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!

hiking
bugs
off trail
snow
1 month ago

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.

hiking
bugs
snow
1 month ago

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!

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

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

hiking
snow
1 month ago

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

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
3 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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.

hiking
6 months ago

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.

hiking
bugs
6 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

hard but rewarding.

muddy
no shade
rocky
snow
Sun May 26 2019

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.

hiking
Mon Apr 29 2019

All day (long) hike with moderate challenge and beautiful views from the top. Light bugs at the beginning, some snow but mostly off the trail and whats on the trail is not bad so no special equipment needed. Very quiet, very few people on thus trail. Leave early so you get back before sunset.

hiking
Sun Apr 21 2019

The trail when you get to the children’s forest trail is not accurate. Use the terrain map to see where the actual path is. The suggested path takes you along a fence in what looks to be defunct ski park. The actual trail is inside said park. You can follow the paved road up to Keller Peak too. It was pretty nice. Go in early spring when there’s still snow on the ground.

hiking
Sat Apr 06 2019

saw nobody on the way up but a few families toward the bottom. great hike to train your dog for long distance

hiking
Sun Mar 17 2019

didn't finish, great hike. going to have to come back

hiking
Wed Jan 23 2019

Absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful trees, several streams and abasing views at the top. No negatives about this trail. Long hike but the elevation gain at ~2,200 isn’t bad at all. Very important note: there is an error/discrepancy with the GPS route. Once you get to the end of Exploration Trail, beginning of the Keller Peak Road, you need to disregard the route. It directs you onto Snow Valley property, to an impenetrable patch of shrubs.

running
Sat Nov 03 2018

Pretty. Single track. Got a good workout. Lots of bugs thou. Might have been the time of the year.

Thu Oct 04 2018

I started all the way at the bottom and found this trail to be difficult and monotonous - not worth the effort. To be fair I didn't go all the way to the peak- I stopped at the children's garden thing, which was pleasant with lots of birds. I'd definitely recommend driving at least part of the way!

Thu Aug 30 2018

We drove to the lookout tower and my 6 year old daughter and nephew got a great view from up there. From there we drove back down and walked the exploration trail for a while until the kids got tired. It's an easy walk for kids and older adults. Very quiet and scenic and we were the only group on the trail.

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