hiking
bugs
3 days ago

Great hike. A bit of a scramble/bushwack to get to the peak, but not bad at all. Saw a few snakes, including one rattler, and lots of lizards and wild flowers! Moderate, not hard hike. Bring sunscreen.

hiking
3 days ago

11 miles not 9.4. clocked in 2,650 elevation gain. no shade the whole way. if you don’t have enough left to push to the top the saddle is more then worth it. amazing views from there and even more amazing from the top.

hiking
blowdown
over grown
rocky
4 days ago

No water at Apache springs this time of year! Was counting on that to camp there for first night of a 3 day trip from Cedar springs(cactus) to Deer Springs via the PCT. Viable water sources were mapped from PCTA website and Guthook for the trip. No water meant we had to find a new (quicker downhill only) way back and hope to find water on the way. Spitler led down to some camping and we found a well flowing creek toward the bottom of the switch backs. No trail maintenance this year due to the pandemic, overgrown but not horrible. Saw as many snakes as people, 2 between Palm peak and Forbes. Forgot to stop the recording when we got picked up at the bottom of Spitler and taken back to the car.

ohv/off road driving
7 days ago

Great trail great views a bit dusty but over all worth the drive. Great place to pullover and have a picnic.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
16 days ago

This trail is a lot of fun! Nice places to pull over and take in the view and snap some photos. The trail is pretty easy some spots get real rocky. We only had to use 4 wheel once throughout the entire trail. You’ll find people camping once you reach the top of the mountain. Took about 3 hours to finish and that’s with us pulling to the side a few times.

ohv/off road driving
18 days ago

Easy trail, just rough. The trail is a little smoother and definitely prettier entering from the north end on Little Thomas Mountain Road. Recommend going all the way to the top. Lots of tent camping spots. Very enjoyable day trip.

hiking
20 days ago

Hike with Kay. Hwy 74 closed on way home.

hiking
21 days ago

This was a great hike! We mapped it at about 12 miles round trip. There were a few small fallen trees, we crossed over small streams from the waterfalls, some over grown bushes (came away with some scratches on my legs) and lots of small wild flowers all along the trail. The views are great! When you’re about a mile from the top there’s a nice spot where you can see Palm Springs... you’re not there yet, go left and keep going to the creek bed, the trail is hard to find but go left... we scrambled our way to the top. There wasn’t a defined trail/path to the top, but we managed. It’s a steady uphill climb, definitely worth it! Enjoy.

hiking
21 days ago

not too strenuous, scramble to the peak was a slight challenge but doable. Way too many bugs to fully enjoy

hiking
21 days ago

Set out in darkness to beat the heat. A gentle undulating trail that very quickly gets you into a wilderness area. The trail is in good condition and follows a series of dry washes. The bonus at the halfway point is a wonderful spring fed creek for skinny dipping and bathing.

Went up and camped at the summit this past Friday. The road/trail is fairly easy to navigate although I’d recommend a high clearance vehicle. Our intention was to camp at a yellow post site however by 1pm on Friday all the sites were taken so we ended up taking a make shift site up at the summit. The views were stunning. The beauty of the mountain can be best seen on the foot trails. It does get pretty windy at the top, especially at night and into the morning so be prepared. Also, be sure to practice Leave No Trace! Folks seem to leave a lot of trash lying around. If you’re looking for a quick overnight or weekend getaway Thomas Mountain is a great place to go without committing to a long drive.

We had fun doing the first 2 miles up through the switchbacks... small stream running through most of the initial trail, small pockets of flowers, some gnats but not bad. Beautiful view once you get up high.

hiking
rocky
22 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

After reaching the PCT trail junction I continued north to PCT mile 175.88, then returned. The trail is in great condition but does have some fallen trees to cross along the way. Beginning at mile 171.5 plants that appeared to be Poodle Dog Bush were scattered along the trail throughout the former burn area. Crossing the rock slide area went well as the rope is in good condition, and there was a small trickling stream crossing the trail around mile 175.1. The trail was completely clear of significant snow until I reached my turnaround point.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
24 days ago

Super easy trail for beginners like myself. My 2007 2wd Tacoma made it up and all I have is a lift kit and some 33 inch ATs. Some mild washes but just pick a angle that’s not too crazy and you’ll be fine. On my way down I saw a 2015 Honda Civic racing up the trail and it blew my mind. So that should show how easy it is. There’s a camp sight up there but it gives off some hills have eyes vibes so I’m not sure if I would stay the night up there.

Mileage is more like 11.5-12 per Tom Harrison maps. This trail is fun, wish I had the chance to hike it pre fires. Trek through several distinct environments as the altitude increases. Two streams cross the trail at good intervals to hike water light if you bring filtration. 6 hours at a modest pace.

Any updates if this trail is open?

hiking
30 days ago

Good trail.... Nice small cooling stream at the end

hiking
icy
snow
1 month ago

Great trail

hiking
bugs
rocky
1 month ago

Great trail went to Apache mountain and spitler. Got to sign the book

hiking
1 month ago

Ran into people who said they are there to Quarintine. Camp ground over crowded, none of the camp sites are available with people setting up tents and having ground fires by the side of the road. The bathroom is now chained, I couldn’t find a trash dumpster(which there usually is?) bags piled on the ground. Sad to see it over run.

hiking
bugs
rocky
1 month ago

Was a decent hike yet the summit is not too exciting. Lots of rocks so wear good hiking shoes. Lots of annoying bugs.

I was just there, it is open for day use 6$. RV ands campers can stay as long as you have your own restroom.

hiking
bugs
over grown
1 month ago

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