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Best trails in Mountain Center

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Looking for a great trail near Mountain Center, California? AllTrails has 16 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, running trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Mount San Jacinto State Park or Palomar Mountain State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Whitewater Preserve or South Hills Preserve. Ready for some activity? There are 9 moderate trails in Mountain Center ranging from 2.9 to 30.8 miles and from 3,858 to 7,467 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Mountain Center
Top trails (16)
#1 - Thomas Mountain Trail
San Bernardino National Forest
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Length: 16 mi • Est. 7 h 58 m
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 good for all skill levels. The trail ofShow more
#2 - Horsethief Creek
Mountain Center, California
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 45 m
Horsethief Creek is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mountain Center, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking,Show more
#3 - Apache Peak Trail
San Jacinto Wilderness
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Length: 9.4 mi • Est. 5 h 41 m
Transitional desert to palms climate zone, great 360' views, steep hike This trail leads you through an interesting part of the San Jacintos. You travel through an area that isn't quite desert, not qShow more
#4 - Cactus Spring Trail
Santa Rosa Wilderness
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Length: 30.8 mi • Est. Multi-day
Cactus Spring Trail is a 30.8 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 nShow more
#5 - Ramona Trail
San Bernardino National Forest
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 4 h 7 m
Ramona Trail is a 7.6 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 ofShow more
#6 - Lion Peak Trail
San Bernardino National Forest
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Length: 8.9 mi • Est. 4 h 58 m
Desert Divide, PCT, Southern end of San Jacintos, Oaken forest, incredible views The Cedar Springs Trail is a beautiful trail that traverses gently through oaken wild lands and into a chaparral/deserShow more
#7 - Palm Canyon via Hwy 74
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
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Length: 16.7 mi • Est. 7 h 10 m
Note: White mountain biking is allowed on the trail, there is a large section of the route that is not ridable (almost 5 miles). This is a 'difficult' mountain biking trail. It is a narrow single tracShow more
#8 - Pyramid Peak Trail
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
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Length: 8 mi • Est. 4 h 36 m
The Cedar Springs Trail is a beautiful trail that is gently graded up to the PCT. The views along this section of the PCT are amazing. The trail switchbacks up to the PCT. It is a bit rocky, so wear Show more
#9 - Spitler Peak Trail
San Jacinto Wilderness
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Length: 12.3 mi • Est. 7 h 10 m
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 nShow more
#10 - Sawmill Trail
Mountain Center, California
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Length: 11 mi • Est. 5 h 57 m
Sawmill Trail is a 11 mile out and back trail located near Mountain Center, California that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and offers a number of activity options.Show more
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