Rouse Ridge via Cottonwood

Total Miles
11.7

Elevation

1,692.65 ft

Duration

2 Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Rouse Ridge via Cottonwood is a trail that scales Rouse Ridge/Thomas Mountain using Cottonwood (6S18) and Thomas Mountain Rd (6S13). This trail offers stunning views in all directions as you ascend and descend the mountain. While it is possible to complete this trail in either direction, the southern face of Rouse Ridge has greater elevation gain with a more technical road. In winter months, as shown in the pictures, there may be snow on the northern side of the ridge. Some drivers may prefer to start on the southern side depending on skill level and vehicle. In addition, coming down the northern face allows unobstructed views of the San Jacinto Mountain Range.

Difficulty

This trail is not particularly challenging and can be completed in stock high-clearance 4x4 vehicles. Larger vehicles may face problems with tight turns or some of the small scattered obstacles.

Technical Rating

3

Status Reports

Thomas Hughes
Mar 02, 2024
2017 Toyota Tacoma
Open
Muddy/Wet
Rough/Deteriorated
Chris Cooney
Mar 02, 2024
4x4
Open
Muddy/Wet
D J
Jan 06, 2024
4x4
Open
Snow/Ice
Rough/Deteriorated
Muddy/Wet
James Reynolds
Nov 15, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal
Muddy/Wet

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