Spitler Peak Trail

HARD 4 reviews

Spitler Peak Trail is a 12.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mountain Center, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
12.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3277 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Idyllwild, CA: Drive south on Highway 243 and take the left fork on Highway 74 towards Lake Hemet. Just prior to Lake Hemet, turn left on Apple Canyon Road at the Herkey Creek Campground. From the campground it is about 2 miles to the parking area for Spitler Peak Trail.

6 days ago

Hiked 12/2/17. Weather was perfect. Would not want to do this hike in the middle of summer. We hiked up Spitler Trail , to PCT, then south on PCT and down to our shuttle parked at Cedar Springs Trailhead. A little more than 14 miles. It took us about 7 hours to complete.
The PCT is currently closed North of where Spitler Peak and the PCT meet.
I would consider this a hard hike (seemed most of Trail was uphill) for someone not working out regularly.

hiking
13 days ago

The Spitler Peak Trail is now open as of Thanksgiving week. I hiked 3.13 miles of the trail on Thanksgiving day. The trail itself is in excellent condition but the loss of all the red shanks and trees means even less shade than before the Mountain Fire. Still great views and lots of interesting plants for botanists.

hiking
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Did this hike back in 2011. It was a very rewarding hike with incredible views at the top overlooking Lake Hemet in one direction and the entire Coachella Valley in the other. I was sad to see that fire had destroyed the area. I hope it will be reopened and restored some day in the future do others can enjoy this great hike.

hiking
Monday, September 01, 2014

This trail is closed due to fire damage.
http://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/sbnf/recreation