Mojave River via the PCT

MODERATE 71 reviews

Mojave River via the PCT is a 6.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Arrowhead, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1236 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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1 month ago

Beautiful hike in the fall! Narrow/bumpy dirt road to get to parking lot, was fine in our Ford Escape and we even saw a Prius in the parking lot, but I wouldn't drive a nice or low car down that road. We enjoyed this hike with our dog. Saw a snake on the path, be on the lookout!

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

Must have an adventure pass to park or the rangers will ticket you.The first mile of this trail is pretty busy as people headed to Aztec Falls to cliff dive and party. Up to this point you will see some graffiti and trash. If you proceed down the PCT it is deceiving but you are descending and about 2 miles past Aztec Falls you can easily go down to the waters edge (this is not the Mojave River it is Deep Creek) great place to soak the feet and have lunch before heading back which is a gradual uphill return. Views of the river all along this section of PCT not a lot of shade and the trail is narrow, but a great hike.

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2 months ago

Here is my advice: about 0.5 mile from the bridge, you'll see a blue spray painted arrow that leads you down to the waterfall, cliff jumping and a a good chill spot. Then go home. It's really easy to miss bc the trail is not obvious. The rest of the hike is along a desert hike with lots of sun exposure (plan accordingly!) with nice desert scenery, ending in Deep Creak. The cliff trail is above the Mojave River so you don't get an opportunity to enjoy the water past what I mentioned. Deep Creak is a nice tranquil spot but not worth the desert hell of walking back (mostly flat elevation). Enjoy!

2 months ago

Gorgeous place. Great for swimming and camping. Spent most of the day by the swimming hole. Didn't go to the waterfall. Next time.

2 months ago

Awesome, not sure what the other users confusion about the bridge is.
Very simple:
Stay on the PCT as the map describes, no reason to cross the bridge on use the bridge at all (the bridge will lead you on the PCT but in the wrong direction)
Blue marked rock leads to "main" popular water fall cliff jumping and swimming
There are many many more isolated pools to swim in if you continue on the along the PCT trail, there are many fairly steep side paths that will lead you down to the pools. Awesome.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

Followed the directions from Google maps but not sure we took same tail as others have commented on. Only saw one parking lot and there was no bathroom. We actually continued on in the car based on previous review but quickly realized the trail is only for off road vehicles. Did not see a bridge as mentioned in previous review. We took the main trail for about 20-30 minutes and then reached a point where the trail split in 3. We took the middle one which had nice 360 views. Trail is up and down, which I like as you don't just go up on way out and down on way back. Hiked for about 2 hours round trip. It was a cool and breezy day in August so it was awesome. Poles would have been helpful on a few of the downhills but not necessary.

3 months ago

Very cool trail. Important tips:
1. Many people, thinking they've arrived at the trailhead, park at the first gate a quarter mile before the actual parking lot. Don't, unless you're looking for a longer up hill walk after you hike. Drive through the open gate and park at the actual parking lot where the restrooms are. You'll be glad you did.
2. If you want to see the pools/small waterfall, don't go across the bridge; stay to the left and keep going. We crossed the bridge (because there is NO signage unfortunately) and walked 2 miles into no man's land. There is no river or waterfall that way.
3. To locate the first waterfall, look for the big 3' BLUE boulder sticking out of the trail on your left (someone painted it blue). That is the only indicator that you've arrived and now need to leave the main trail and go down the steep hill/trail to your right to the pool and waterfall. We missed it and walked three miles looking for a waterfall only to figure it out on our way back. The trail down to the river is steep. But the pools are worth the trouble.

3 months ago

Beautiful trail except for the random garbage...
:-(
Next time I'm bringing a trash bag to haul it out.

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

beautiful hike. lots of shade and plenty of places to pull over and sit for a bit. plenty of water everywhere. climbing over rocks through the river. got to the bowls and there were lots of people having fun jumping in the water.

park before the actual parking lot. you have to walk about 10 minutes to the parking lot but it gets packed a lot.

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