El Toro Peak

EASY 4 reviews

El Toro Peak is a 3.3 mile out and back trail located near Mountain Center, California and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, mountain biking, and off road driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.3 miles
967 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly


mountain biking

off road driving

This is an incredibly easy hike. The first mile and a quarter is on a well graded, steady uphill road that any member of the family should be able to walk with a little bit of effort. The last quarter mile is quite a bit steeper, but should provide the feeling of attaining a peak, especially for a small child. The view is perhaps the best in Southern California. From here you can see the entire Salton Sea, San Jacinto, San Gorgonio, Angeles NF, Cleveland National Forest, The Cuyamacas, Anza-Borrego, Joshua Tree, and much much more. It would be a 360' panorama without the towers in the way.

Monday, May 30, 2016

off road driving
Saturday, May 14, 2016

off road driving
Friday, October 09, 2015

Monday, December 10, 2012

They have graded this road all the way to the top. Also they have blocked off access to the summit (see the photo of the sign I posted). I think this just happened as the gates looked new and graders and dozers parked at the top and bottom. The drive was very scenic and easy (we passed an old Volvo wagon at the top). No snow but google maps does acknowledge that it can happen. If you do take the drive, look for the natural spring and the "Old Log Cabin" remains:)