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Thomas Mountain Trail

MODERATE 47 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

off road driving

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

hiking
washed out
24 days ago

hiking
bugs
off trail
rocky
1 month ago

off road driving
1 month 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.

off road driving
1 month 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!

off road driving
washed out
2 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.

off road driving
washed out
2 months ago

off road driving
bugs
muddy
washed out
3 months ago

great trail to try out and do some camping

off road driving
rocky
scramble
3 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.

off road driving
5 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
6 months ago

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

off road driving
off trail
6 months ago

Took this whole trail all the way though with a stock Crosstrek. Perfect trail. Had some snow at the very top.

off road driving
10 months ago

Such a super easy, fun trail with amazing views. There is also a cool area on top for camping.

off road driving
Saturday, August 18, 2018

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
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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)

hiking
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

hiking
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

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

off road driving
28 days ago

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