Mojave River via the PCT

MODERATE 65 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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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.

17 days 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.

28 days ago

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

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1 month 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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2 months ago

The directions take you through a road made for off road vehicles. I would recommend taking the 173 to Kuffel Canyon to Hook Creek Road or type in Deep Creek into maps instead of using the directions from the app.

Great hike. Take bug spray. Beautiful views and clearly marked trail. Would definitely hike again.

We forgot to get the day pass but didn't get a ticket.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

Awesome trail with great views that is not heavily populated. Be aware, a parking pass is needed or you will receive a hefty ticket. We picked up an annual pass at the local grocery store for $30. It's valid at all trailheads in all major parks. So worth it. A daily pass is available too.

3 months ago

As usual we ended up off trail and hiking along the water which proved difficult in some areas with 3 dogs but they loved the water and adventure. We did lose our leashes somewhere by the water which made it a fucken nightmare getting back to the car since we didn't make the rocky road to the parking lot and left our car back by the trail sign. Someone along the way back said they saw a girl pickup the leashes but we never found them. Walking that curvy ass road carrying one dog and trying to keep the other two close by for cars was a bitch. The bigger bitch is whoever picked up our leashes and took them :(