San Jacinto Ridge Trail (FS 5S09)

Total Miles
10.9

Elevation

1831.73 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

spring, summer, fall

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Trail Overview

San Jacinto Ridge is a two-way trail running East to West between the Banning-Idyllwild Panoramic Highway (SR 243) and Bee Canyon Road (FS 5S07) in the San Bernardino National Forest. Comprised of mostly hard-pack dirt, the trail weaves through chaparral and pine trees and crosses over the North fork of the San Jacinto River. Several semi-improved yellow post campsites are located along the trail and are available on a first-come first-served basis. San Jacinto Ridge is rated by the National Forest Service as "More Difficult", the middle of a three-tiered rating system. The most significant obstacles are a shallow water crossing and mild rain ruts that can easily be negotiated by most unmodified high-clearance AWD vehicles. In early spring, snow melt may cause muddy conditions in portions of the trail with poor drainage. Due to occasional snowfall, this trail is best traveled between April and November.

Difficulty

Easy

History

The San Jacinto Ridge Trail lies along the Banning-Idyllwild Panoramic Highway which is part of the Palms to Pines Scenic Byway. The highway was originally completed in 1910 and officially designated as State Route 243 in 1970.

Technical Rating

3

Access Description

The San Jacinto Ridge Trail can be accessed from the east along State Route 243, at the end of McGovern Road in the small mountain community of Pine Cove. From the west use State Route 74 to Bee Canyon Road (FS 5S07).