Thomas Mountain Trail

MODERATE 18 reviews

Thomas Mountain Trail is a 16 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mountain Center, California that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

16.0 miles
2,257 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving




wild flowers



off road driving
2 months ago

Very nice scenery, but the trail was super easy not moderate. A motorhome can easily make it through! I was expecting a few challenges for the jeep, but it was a dusty fire road with lots of ruts and bumps that made 5 miles seem like 10 miles.

off road driving
4 months ago

Well maintained truck trail to the top. If you want a real adventure continue driving to Rouse Hill and beyond, down the mountain following a steep ridge. You'll end up driving through a citrus orchard on the way down to the 74. The road from Rouse Ridge to Rouse Hill is a little bumpy but everywhere else is really nice. The section from Rouse Hill to the 74 is the most scenic part of the drive. (Thomas Mountain Truck Trail to Forest route 5S15 to Forest Route 6S13 to the 74)

Friday, March 17, 2017

If you're looking for seclusion, this is it! Really great views, and you don't have to go far to see them. If you're hiking, be mindful that there is almost zero shade, so bring lots of water!

off road driving
Monday, February 27, 2017

Great trail. Really dusty going up. Snow at the top was a nice surprise. Going back down was rutted up from people going through when really muddy. Nice, easy trail. Nothing crazy. Picnic tables, fire rings and restrooms at top. Great camping spots. Well worth the drive

Monday, December 26, 2016

We stoped here for a short hike in December. Awesome trail, lots of fun for kids and dogs.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

easy and good views

Monday, July 25, 2016

A good trail to the ridgetop campground and Thomas Mt. Road. It's about 2.5 miles from here to Thomas Mt. along the road for a total of 10 round trip. There are signs on Hwy 74 indicating the Thomas Mt. Trail.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

The location shown on the app is spot on, easy to find/follow signs from hwy 74 to the trailhead. It's more of a dirt road than a trail all the way up. We parked at the gate where the pavement ends and hiked to the top of the ridge where the power lines cross the trail. We didn't find any way to "loop" back, but from the trailhead to the top of the ridge and back was about 3 miles. Great views of Anza, smooth path, will do again!!

off road driving
Saturday, November 26, 2011

Decided to take a drive to Thomas mountain and look for some campgrounds and some good 4x4 spots. I like having a place to go and test my equipment out at. I think I found a few spots.

off road driving
Friday, September 30, 2011

Great road, nice views of Lake Hemet. Fun in the mud.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Sunday, July 28, 2013