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San Bernardino National Forest

El Toro Peak [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mountain Center, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, mountain biking, and ohv/off road driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 3.4 miles Elevation Gain: 967 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly


mountain biking

ohv / off road driving




private property

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.

10 months ago

don't do it. this is on private sacred Indian land with millions of dollars of civilian and military electronics on the peak top. they have video surveillance set up to monitor the area and all that equipment. and being on Indian lands the trespass rules are different. not worth it. hit the dozens of other peaks within a few hours drive instead. this one isn't that special.

ohv/off road driving
Sun May 26 2019

Fantastic off roading... Nothing too crazy.. A little high brush at times but great trail with a stock '19 Rubicon... Open, no permit or reservation necessary

Tue Oct 16 2018

if you plan on hiking or off roading to the top to camp. this Trail look it up first for the contact number to open the gate is only open certain times during the year weather restrictions. if your car has two wheel drive it will make it most of the way up until you get to the top where the camping sites are recommend having four-wheel drive just in case. once you get to the top the best views come out

Mon May 07 2018

Hiking past the locked gate up to Toro Peak is trespassing onto Santa Rosa Indian Reservation Land. It is clearly marked on the gate. Please have some respect for Native Americans. You can hike up Toro Peak West and North without trespassing.

Sat Feb 03 2018

Does anyone know if a regular four door car would make it on this dirt road?Thank you

ohv/off road driving
Fri Jan 12 2018

This was my first run solo as a new Jeeper. Trail itself was narrow, but you could manage spots to pass. Not crowded at all- did this mid-Sept. Spots to pull over and rest, sleep, camp, etc...plus a bigger camp site with 4-5 sites all together with a vault toilet. Cool place to fill your water bottles from a pipe sticking out of the ground...fresh clean water straight from the trail! get to the top and you have an incredible vista view! Hike a little ways from there (blocked off from vehicle traffic) and you are up at the towers. Would definitely do this again!

Mon Dec 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:)

Sat Sep 15 2018

ohv/off road driving
Sat May 05 2018

Sun Apr 01 2018

Sat Dec 30 2017

Mon May 30 2016

recorded Toro

ohv/off road driving
Fri Oct 09 2015