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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, trail 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 Los Coyotes Indian Reservation or Whitewater 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
#2 - Horsethief Creek
Mountain Center, California
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 45 m
#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 quite an oak or maple forest, and not really a pine forest. It is a transitional combination of all of the above. The views from the PCT are incredible, but you attain nice vistas of Garner Valley and Lake Hemet almost immediately. The hike climbs the entire route, and it is very steady - a good cardio trip for about 3 1/2 miles. After that the going gets really steep through a series of switchbacks that lead you to the PCT. The trail is well maintained, but overgrown in parts. Once you reach the plateau that contains Apache Peak, keep a sharp eye out for the trail heading up the peak. You can combine this hike with the Spitler Peak hike adding 2 miles to your round trip, or you may want to venture a little further along the PCT to Antsell Rock, either way you will not be disappointed.Show more
#4 - Ramona Trail
San Bernardino National Forest
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 4 h 2 m
Note: Offline map is recommended to get oriented as several users have reported that this trail is not well marked.Show more
#5 - Cactus Spring Trail
Santa Rosa Wilderness
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Length: 30.8 mi • Est. Multi-day
#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/desert highland up to the PCT. The views along this section of the PCT are breathtaking. you can see the entire Santa Rosa range to the south, the San Jacinto Wilderness to the north, the Coachella Valley to the east, and Garner Valley, Thomas Mountain along with Lake Hemet to the west. This is great high country especially for a day hike. The trail switchbacks up to the PCT but is graded very mildly. It is a bit rocky, so wear good boots, but the trail is as good as they come. This trail can be combined with the trip to Pine Mountain and Pyramid Peak as an all day peakbagging adventure, but be aware that the distance comes out to around 12.5 miles and should be considered strenous.Show more
#7 - Hurkey Creek Trail
San Bernardino National Forest
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
#8 - 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 track with jumps, steep switch backs and inclines. Show more
#9 - Spitler Peak Trail
San Jacinto Wilderness
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Length: 12.3 mi • Est. 7 h 10 m
#10 - San Jacinto River South Fork
San Bernardino National Forest
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 53 m
There is a large washout near the trailhead. Please check here for more information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sbnf/recarea/?recid=26493Show more
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