Lion Peak Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews

Lion Peak Trail is a 8.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mountain Center, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, bird watching, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 8.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,043 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

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forest

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Desert Divide, PCT, Southern end of San Jacintos, Oaken forest, incredible views The Cedar Springs Trail is a beautiful trail that traverses gently through oaken wild lands and into a chaparral/desert highland up to the PCT. The views along this section of the PCT are breathtaking. you can see the entire Santa Rosa range to the south, the San Jacinto Wilderness to the north, the Coachella Valley to the east, and Garner Valley, Thomas Mountain along with Lake Hemet to the west. This is great high country especially for a day hike. The trail switchbacks up to the PCT but is graded very mildly. It is a bit rocky, so wear good boots, but the trail is as good as they come. This trail can be combined with the trip to Pine Mountain and Pyramid Peak as an all day peakbagging adventure, but be aware that the distance comes out to around 12.5 miles and should be considered strenous.

backpacking
Mon Jul 17 2017

I bagged this peak while section hiking the PCT. Nice views!

Sat Apr 30 2016

I was desperate for a peak and this was new to me. Awkward to find this specific peak but the whole area is great.

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