Explore the most popular mountain biking trails near Mountain Center with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Not too challenging. Moderate is a fair assessment . View doesn’t change much and oh, keep an eye out for snakes. Saw a few..

Finally finished this trail after hiking it twice (time constraints) beautiful hike and well worth getting to the picnic and camping areas at the top. BEAUTIFUL change of scenery as you progress through this trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Not an easy trail. Trail is well maintained. Bring lots of water on a hot day. Great view. Flannel bush in bloom, beautiful!

off road driving
1 month 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)

Never seen such a variety of flowers, plants and trees in one area. Purples and yellows and reds. Just gorgeous. For a couple miles, I wondered why it was rated hard....once you hit the small lovely waterfalls it inclines steeply. Wonderful hike!!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiking past the locked gate up to Toro Peak is trespassing onto Santa Rosa Indian Reservation Land. It is clearly marked on the gate. Please have some respect for Native Americans. You can hike up Toro Peak West and North without trespassing.

2 months ago

Great hike but I would rate as moderate! Fantastic views. Next time I hope to have more time to explore once at the top, it's so pretty.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail for beginners. Was my first hike and although I didn’t finish, I was quick to go back and try again. Plenty of great views throughout the trail. A bit rocky in areas but otherwise safe for kids. Will return

Not a easy trail and I’m a novice. Moderate for sure. Trail gets rocky and narrow at times. Beautiful views. 2.5 hrs to top and I’m in shape. Take water and snacks. Worth the hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Fantastic hike and easy with beautiful views

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike with great views with some steep inclines toward the top. Most of the trees sadly have been burned down from the recent fires. But still worth the views.

backpacking
4 months ago

Fantastic hike with Onyx I will be comming back many more times

5 months ago

Does anyone know if a regular four door car would make it on this dirt road?Thank you

hiking
5 months ago

We were a group of 7 adults who hiked this trail Feb. 1st. They charge $6 per person to enter the park for day use, which was fine, we just weren't expecting it, so be sure to bring some cash to get in. It's a large campground with many camping spots, but the park was virtually empty the day we were there. The hikes go off the campground and into the mountains. It's a lovely area but the trails are very, very poorly marked and in many places not marked at all. The map they give you is not useful for the hike. We wandered off the trail a few times and were only saved by our All Trails app. Of the 3 cell phone service providers between us, only one of them got cell service in the area to access the app. The trail was a steady but very gradual incline up. We did not go to the end of the trail as we were encountering lots of deep ruts likely from recent rain. The trail was not wet, but the ruts were fairly deep in spots. We enjoyed our day and the scenery is really lovely. For the price to get in, they need to do a much better job marking the trails and then you wouldn't need an app, or map.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful trail, watch out for bulls! On our way back to the road, we encountered a herd of cattle grazing in the oaks between the 2nd and 3rd gates. The majority had HUGE horns on them. We heard cowbells on a couple, so we figured they were at least somewhat familiar with seeing people, and we calmly and quietly continued on trying not to startle them. They gave us some pretty solid stares as we walked by, but we made it through without upsetting any of them. So keep an eye out, and make sure to abide by the signs and close the gates as you go.

off road driving
6 months ago

This was my first run solo as a new Jeeper. Trail itself was narrow, but you could manage spots to pass. Not crowded at all- did this mid-Sept. Spots to pull over and rest, sleep, camp, etc...plus a bigger camp site with 4-5 sites all together with a vault toilet. Cool place to fill your water bottles from a pipe sticking out of the ground...fresh clean water straight from the trail! get to the top and you have an incredible vista view! Hike a little ways from there (blocked off from vehicle traffic) and you are up at the towers. Would definitely do this again!

on Hurkey Creek Trail

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful day, after two days of rain. The sound of Hurley Creek bubbling over the rocks for the first 1/2 mile invited exploration. Not that I left the trail to walk across on rocks, or a felled tree bridge. Went about two miles up, then turned back. Paid $6 to park at Hurley Creek Campground. I was given a map that didn’t give much info of the trail. I felt it was well worth the money and time. Glad I treated myself.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice views of the desert cities once you cross the PCT, and nice vistas to the south on the way back down the switchbacks. Lots of mosquitoes and flies once you're at Cedar Springs. 6.6 miles out and back.

6.4 total up and back. nice variety of terrain. Switchbacks made the elevation gain easy. Continue over the top on Cedar Springs trail through burn area, desert views, cedar Grove and spring. Just didn't expect to see big cedars there. Nice prize at the end.

backpacking
Monday, July 17, 2017

A nice secluded place to camp. Lots of trees and shade at the remote campsites. The spring was still flowing mid July. I'm not sure if it flows year round but it's nice to not have to carry all your water in. The source of the spring isn't very easy to get to. It's in a ditch and there are hundreds of flies, bees, and probably mosquitoes in there with you. It was however the best tasting water and it was cold! I'd recommend filtering it before you drink it.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

not easy..... but great views and trail. I would definitely rate as moderate to hard...hard on a hot day.......

hiking
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

I would rate this hike as a moderate hike. The climb up can be steep at times. Full sun at times. I recommend this hike on a cool day. The views are worth the hike for sure. I just want the rating to be moderate.

hiking
Monday, June 12, 2017

This is the most beautiful hike...I would not say it is Easy...more like a firm Moderate.

backpacking
Sunday, May 14, 2017

My grandson and his dog did this hike planning to spend the night. When we got to Tools Springs the threads on the faucet handle are stripped the water is leaking out the side of the pipe. so we got water. last night got cold we had a light weight tent and sleeping bags. My 11 year old grandson went right to sleep. Took me awhile. we were the only ones up there. trip was well worth it. my pack weighed 25 lbs my grandsons pack weighed 15 lbs. as we weighed before we left. the packs held us back some. made lots of rest stops. took us 3 hours to get up there. trail flowers, manzanita, scrub oaks and pines made for a trip well worth it. in my opinion its strenuous if you are carrying a pack.

hiking
Monday, April 17, 2017

I've never seen so many butterflies and such a great variety as well!!!! Beautiful hike!

hiking
Monday, April 17, 2017

Just did this one on 4/15/17. It was a beautiful day and the views were awesome. There are quite a few switch backs on the way up but the incline was gradual. It is worth it to continue on to the springs. We didn't see much water but the cedar grove was awesome and made it worth it. Would be nice to take a hammock and rest in the shade of the cedar grove.

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, February 06, 2017

Nice trail. The stated mileage is basically to the ridge, but the views from Mt. Thomas are pretty amazing, but require at 11.5 mile round trip jaunt. We did this in snowy conditions and the trail was easy. Snow got up to our ankles at times, but wasn't too bad or slippery. Things were unclear at the top due to the snow, but we scouted our way to road where 8 out of 10 people then went to the top. A friend and I used our maps and walked up the ridge to the top beating the rest by about 5 minutes. Hurrah! Moreover it gave us more views from the ridge which are amazing as Mt. Thomas has much more prominence than one would expect for such a small peak. The campsites were under snow, but I think it'd be great to come back here in spring/fall for camping.

hiking
Thursday, February 02, 2017

Great for the whole family. Went hiking in the snow with the entire family and it was easy for the kids.

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