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Thomas Mountain Trail

MODERATE 60 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.

Distance: 16.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2,257 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

bike touring

bird watching

ohv / off road driving

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

ohv/off road driving
muddy
3 hours ago

great beginner trail.

icy
rocky
snow
2 days ago

excellent trail snow & mud right now 4x4 is a must

ohv/off road driving
icy
muddy
snow
2 days ago

Open 12/05/2019. This was our first trail for our 100 Off Road Trails Challenge. I believe the weather made it more difficult than usual. 4 wheel drive is a must. Here is a video of the trail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YUeGzu9iy8

mountain biking
1 month ago

Excellent trail for off-road beginners.

ohv/off road driving
off trail
1 month ago

Easy trail for off-road beginners. Saw one off shoot that could test your skills. Awesome trail over all

ohv/off road driving
2 months ago

Easy fire road , lots of neat campsites. Last 1/8 mile will require high clearance.

ohv/off road driving
2 months ago

Easy trail with a lot of neat places to camp

ohv/off road driving
2 months ago

Beautiful!

bugs
2 months ago

ohv/off road driving
bugs
3 months ago

I did all of Thomas Mountain Road (6s13) from North to South in a stock Crosstrek. I camped at Yellow Post Site #4 on top of the mountain. The trail was great and only some very minor rubbing on a rut or two. Bugs were bad in any of the forested areas. Camping on the top ridge with the wind was key to a pleasant evening.

hiking
washed out
4 months ago

hiking
bugs
off trail
rocky
4 months ago

ohv/off road driving
4 months ago

Great trail. Sometimes a little bouncy and Rocky towards end of trail, but a fairly well graded by US Forest Service. We didn't use 4WD as it wasn't needed for our two jeeps. It could have been smoother if we had air downed the tires,but it wasn't necessary to complete the trip. The views were spectacular and photos are a must. Diamond Lake is visible, as is Lake Hemet, as well as Anza Valley. The weather in July was nice with a breeze, compared to our desert home. At the top of the trail are several campsites (dry camps with plenty of shade. One even had bathroom facilities. The rest did not. We only passed one vehicle coming down the trail, but were 3 different campsites that were occupied for a Wednesday day trip. There were flowers blooming and pinecones galore. I recommend it.

ohv/off road driving
5 months ago

First of all... This in NOT a moderate trail!... It is a VERY easy trail, in which we saw a Prius and Yugo using. It IS a beautiful trail well worth a Sunday drive! The default trail actually does wind around back to HWY 74. Plan on about 2 hours. Adventure Won't Come to You!

ohv/off road driving
washed out
5 months ago

fun experience for first time off roading. the trail is washed out with a lot of rocks but it was a good time. we used 4-hi although for majority of it you can get by with 2-hi with ground clearance.

ohv/off road driving
washed out
6 months ago

ohv/off road driving
bugs
muddy
washed out
6 months ago

great trail to try out and do some camping

ohv/off road driving
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

For the first time off roading, it was a perfect learning/ adventurous experience considering the trail is rated moderate. There were plenty of off shoot trails that were rated difficult. The camp sites were secluded and nicely spread out, along with open views of the mountains to wake up to. The trail and camp sites were not busy even though it was the weekend. All of the surrounding towns had jaw dropping scenic views and a wide variety of scenic stops to take photos or hike/walk/tour. It was an overall invigorating experience and have not one bad thing to say.

ohv/off road driving
8 months ago

Great truck trail, but there are some challenging spots right now because of all the rain this winter. In several areas trucks driving through the mud have left ruts, and there are lots of spots where water running over the road has cut down up to a foot. Saw several trucks on the road though, if you have clearance and good tires you should be fine, wouldn't recommend for small 2WD vehicles right now. Stopped at the campsites at the top with fire rings, very pleasant. Not sure of conditions past that area.

muddy
off trail
snow
10 months ago

It was a very cool trail. Easy drive. Even saw two wheel drive cars driving through it!

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